A10's AX Series offers the best price/performance Application Delivery Platform on the market today. Inline with A10's approach, all AX Series hardware appliance features are included in the platform for the standard list price and customers are never "nickel-and-dimed" for essential features.
Independent performance tests conducted by The Tolly Group evaluated A10's AX Series Advanced Traffic Managers using the same methodology as F5's publicly available 2007 performance report. Results showed the AX Series delivered over twice the performance at less than half the price of incumbents.
The latest 64-bit AX Series models continue this tradition offering:
Comparing the AX Series head to head with "market-share leader" F5 Networks' current BIG-IP platforms showcases the AX Series' strengths. The AX Series starts at a lower cost and offers all-inclusive licensing; the AX Series not only beats "similarly equipped" models but also beats the F5 BIG-IP base (bare bones) cost, which often lacks required features.
Some examples of potential cost savings or consolidation are shown below.
The AX 1000 handles 4 Gbps, outperforming the BIG-IP 1600, which would require four units for equivalent throughput.
Cost? The AX 1000 is less expensive than a single BIG-IP 1600 base unit.
The 64-bit AX 2500 handles 10 Gbps, outperforming the BIG-IP 3900, which would require three units for equivalent throughput.
Cost? The AX 2500 is less expensive than a single BIG-IP 3900 base unit.
The AX 5200 handles over 3 million Layer 4 connections per second (L4 CPS), outperforming the BIG-IP VIPRION PB100 (Performance Blades), which would require three fully loaded 7 RU (12 fixed blades) for equivalent performance.
Cost? The AX 5200 is less expensive than a single VIPRION system with 4 blades and no feature or performance options.
The AX 5200 handles 20 Gbps per RU (40 Gbps per 2 RU). A single aVCS configuration with 2 AX 5200 Virtual Blades (4 RU total) outperforms the BIG-IP VIPRION PB200 (Performance Blades), which would require a fully loaded 7 RU unit (4 fixed blades) for equivalent performance.
Cost? The aVCS equipped with two AX 5200 Virtual Blades is less expensive than the single VIPRION system with 4 blades and no feature or performance options.
The benefits of consolidation and replacement also contribute to improved data center efficiency. Increased performance directly translates into fewer appliances in the data center, which in turn allows savings in power (due to fewer appliances and less cooling) and space (due to fewer rack units or "RUs" and associated equipment).
This can be translated into efficiency per RU (EPRU) for a given metric, and in the example shown below we measure how much throughput per Gbps a single RU of the AX 5200 appliance provides.
Bottom line, the AX Series provides more performance and better hardware options at a lower price for your business. For a sample of how our tests are performed please review the report.