A10 Networks is the first to market with true 64-bit application delivery and load balancing platforms, delivering its integrated 64-bit AX Series Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) and 64-bit Advanced Core Operating System (ACOS), shipping today.
|Maximum Memory||6 - 48x||Most-scalable ADC|
|RAM Caching||6x||Faster response for users|
|Concurrent Sessions||8x||ADC consolidation, more users and headroom for growth|
|L4 Connections per Second (CPS)||5x||ADC consolidation, more users and headroom for growth|
|Throughput||5x||Deliver more content (large files/ high media consumption)|
|Hardware Buffers||8x||Faster deep packet inspection/ L7 scripting, unpredicted load handling/attack mitigation and better performance over WAN links|
|Note: These numbers can rise significantly due to removal of memory restrictions; numbers vary by platform selection.|
While 32-bit systems have been dominant for the past couple decades, computing evolution continues to impact networking devices. 64-bit processing is the latest significant leap, increasing addressable memory to achieve the industry's highest levels of scalability and performance.
The AX Series 64-bit ADCs provide a foundation for current and future application features that need more memory or higher scalability. The impact to users and network architects is considerable: Users are delivered applications faster and seamlessly, with network architects obtaining greater efficiencies, flexibility and extensibility when deploying and managing data center applications.
Genuine 64-bit AX Series: Larger Addressable Memory for Increased Extensibility
The AX Series is a true 64-bit ADC. ACOS, the main processors and associated hardware integrate to deliver breakthrough extensibility as a genuine 64-bit system. At its core, 64-bit refers to the ability to process data units that are 64-bits wide. Genuine 64-bit systems allow the platform, processors and operating system to process larger data values.
The most fundamental change is the removal of the 32-bit 4 GB memory limitation per core. This is critically important for a high performance ADC as features and scalability can be restrained by memory limitations in 32-bit platforms.
However, unlocking the power of 64-bit systems is not as simple as just adding a 64-bit processor. The Operating System must also be 64-bit capable, while coupled with the overall architectural design. 32-bit OSs on 64-bit capable hardware and 64-bit applications using a 32-bit kernel default to the lower common denominator of 32-bit processing. Only the genuine 64-bit AX Series with the industry's first 64-bit ACOS kernel will enable each processor thread and core to work with more than 4GB RAM.
64-bit support is now a deciding factor for any ADC deployment. As connections and corresponding demand on network devices increase, ADCs must be capable to address the required memory to support ever-increasing traffic volumes.
The additional memory within the 64-bit AX Series appliances delivers flexibility to enable additional benefits according to customer demands. Key advantages include:
For historical perspective, the networking and security industry has been limited by 4GB RAM addressable memory. With the explosive growth of Internet traffic, processor and hardware vendors have released 64-bit capable system components to address increasing scalability demands. System vendors must provide a 64-bit kernel to overcome the bottleneck and take full advantage of 64-bit capable hardware. The AX Series platforms are the first to achieve true 64-bit Application Delivery.
64-bit architectures have a theoretical upper limit of 17.2 billion GB RAM, or 16 EB (exabyte). Breaking the 32-bit memory limitation represents unprecedented scalability for Layer 4-7 features and maximum extensibility.
The 64-bit AX Series models start with a minimum of 50% more memory than the previous systems. Today the "supercomputer class" AX 5200 starts with 600% more RAM (24 GB), and is designed to support up to 192 GB RAM.
With the AX Series, customers do not have to wait for the additional power of a 64-bit system. The AX Series was designed for 64-bit and no shortcuts or work arounds are in place to limit the performance. For example:
The AX Series genuine 64-bit solution (hardware platform and ACOS) improves overall ADC performance dramatically, most critically removing the memory bottleneck of 32-bit platforms. Combined with the AX Series innovative shared memory and Scalable Symmetrical Multi-Processing (SSMP) capabilities, organizations of all sizes benefit with an ADC platform for near and long-term requirements.
AX 5200: The industry's first genuine 64-bit ADC (platform and OS). The AX 5200 "supercomputer class" ADC employs a shared memory architecture allowing all memory to be addressed per core, delivering the most efficient memory usage on the market today.