Jaguar Network is a leading business ISP and web-hosting provider that was founded in 2001. The company, which has been growing by leaps and bounds, has more than 28 data centers, 450 equipment bays, and 8,000 servers delivering advanced telecommunications services to more than 500 customers all across Europe.
In addition to offering web-hosting services, Jaguar has expanded into telecom services and offers next-generation broadband, Content Delivery Network (CDN) and Storage Area Networking (SAN) solutions, managed and co-located hosting, as well as MPLS-based VPNs that enable high-speed interconnection of company sites. With employees in France and Switzerland, the company is recognized for its technical leadership.
The nodes within the company's CDN are connected with fiber optic lines on a private multi-10 Gb backbone. Jaguar developed its own open source content delivery software to improve upon the standard QoS solutions and to facilitate rapid response to customer demands. This home-grown approach helps ensure that content is delivered as quickly as possible and in closest proximity to the exit point of the network. Scalability, low latency, and resiliency are necessities for the Jaguar network.
Jaguar Network is a French telecommunications operator and web-hosting service provider that has more than 500 customers in Europe.
The company discovered that its legacy Cisco load balancers were causing significant network latency and could not scale beyond a million concurrent connections, so they held a bake-off to find a better solution:
We looked at three vendors, including A10, Cisco, and Brocade, and with A10, we had a great experience during the evaluation. We were impressed with how easy the AX Application Delivery Controller was to configure and manage. In addition to being very easy to set up, the AX Series offered superior 64-bit hardware and could support our IPv6 migration plans. We have installed AX 2500s in our production network and we are very pleased with the results.
Kevin Polizzi, Founder of Jaguar Network
As the company's offerings have expanded, its network has become more sophisticated, and its Cisco CSM load balancers are no longer adequate, as demonstrated by intolerable latency and support for just 1 million concurrent connections. For the Content Delivery Network that the Cisco devices front-ended, this was an unacceptable solution.To address these shortcomings, Jaguar evaluated the latest Cisco ACE product line, along with competing solutions from Brocade and A10 Networks running in Direct Server Return (DSR) mode. The evaluations showed that the AX Series' DSR results were far superior to the competition. The AX Series appliances were the only 64-bit system evaluated, offering scalability starting at 32 million concurrent sessions in the entry level platform, versus the 1 million sessions provided by the existing Cisco CSM equipment.
Based upon those trials, Jaguar Network deployed A10's AX 2500s into their production network, and Polizzi said he has never been so pleased, "In addition to solving the issues with limited concurrent sessions, we have also benefited from the AX 2500s' direct server return mode and added security with SYN Flood Protection, all at no additional cost. Our network has been designed to meet the toughest demands of enterprise e-commerce websites, and it has been built to ensure the highest application availability. The AX appliances have helped us achieve our goals, and we are pleased to see improved performance, both under the peak-loads caused by special promotions and TV advertising, and also under normal day-to-day operations. Regardless of when these traffic spikes occur, our network is ready."
In its customer trials, Jaguar Network also evaluated future IPv6 functionality, and this was found to be missing from the current and proposed Cisco solutions.
Jaguar Network chose the AX Series appliances for the following reasons:
Poor network performance, current connections limited to just 1 million
AX Selection Due To:
Low latency, improved performance, reduced RAM usage, IPv6 ready
HTTP/HTTPS, CDN (dynamic content)
Direct Server Return, SYN Flood Protection, IPv6 features, GUI
Improved performance under peak and non-peak loads, removed concurrent connections limitation
Deploying the AX Series solved the network latency and concurrent connection limitation issues Jaguar Network was experiencing. The AX appliances succeeded in ensuring the project was delivered under budget, without compromising on the features required, all for a fraction of the cost of competing solutions. Jaguar's Polizzi said his team is very happy with their purchase, "The A10 boxes have surpassed our scalability requirements, and we are looking forward to being able to use the advanced IPv6 and virtualization features. At the end of the day, we've improved the customer experience, both under normal daily use and under peak load conditions, while making our network more efficient."
A10 Networks' AX Series is the industry's best price/performance advanced traffic manager – helping enterprises and ISPs maximize application availability through a high-performance and scalable web Application Delivery platform. The AX's Advanced Core Operating System (ACOS) architecture has garnered the company numerous awards and is revolutionary by market standards due to its scalable symmetrical multiprocessing (SSMP), shared memory architecture. AX includes an optimized multi-CPU architecture built from the ground up that leaps ahead of the competition in terms of performance, scalability, and reliability. For more information, visit: www.a10networks.com/products/axseries
A10 Networks was founded in 2004 with a mission to provide innovative networking and security solutions. A10 Networks makes high-performance products that help organizations accelerate, optimize and secure their applications. A10 Networks is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices in the United States, United Kingdom, France, The Netherlands, Germany, Brazil, Japan, China, Korea and Taiwan. For more information, visit: www.a10networks.com