Online retail is a highly competitive business; with a reliable online customer experience, growing companies such as 123inkt.nl can strive to hit higher conversion rates as well as a growing loyal customer base. Since deploying A10 ADCs, 123inkt.nl has continued to grow and gain recognition as one of the most popular online retail sites. A10 ADCs offer the competitive advantage that 123inkt.nl was looking for to restructure an advanced load balancing solution for its planned advanced hardware-based integration.
The features A10 ADCs provide are especially ideal for 123inkt.nl's focus on a premium customer experience; A10 ADCs have proven capable of handling peak traffic times such as holiday shopping, the back-to-school rush and peaks in traffic due to special sale offers and promotions. The reliable and feature rich offering provided by A10 ADCs allow growing companies such as 123inkt.nl to focus on the customer without the need to worry about the load balancing side of the customer's online experience.
Box standardized on A10 Thunder™ ADC product line for their application load-balancing needs (Overview +/-)
Box considered several vendors when making its purchasing decision. After careful review, the company chose the Thunder ADC product line of high-performance next-generation application delivery controllers (ADCs). A10's Advanced Core Operating System (ACOS®) was a big factor in the decision. This software brings a unique combination of shared memory accuracy and efficiency plus advanced flow processing. Critical product features such as active/active High Availability option (HA), the RESTful aXAPI to seamlessly integrate the ADCs into Box's production systems, and extensive IPv6 integration are inherent in the architecture...
Brainshark sought a replacement server load balancing solution when its previous solution had reached end of life (Overview +/-)
Brainshark, launched in 1999, is a software as a service (SaaS) provider that allows customers to access its unique business communications platform. Brainshark's customers can upload previously created presentations, such as Microsoft PowerPoint® files, to the company's Website. At
that point, Brainshark converts the files into an online video presentation format (that's also mobile-ready), and the customer can then choose to add audio narration to the presentation. Once the presentation is finished, the customer can share the video with an audience, and those viewers can then watch the presentation anytime and anywhere - on their computer, iPad, iPhone, Android, Blackberry, or other smartphones...
In considering their distributed network with geographically separate data centers, Buienradar needed a new generation server load balancer capable of providing Global Server Load Balancing (GSLB). The new appliance would also need to offer higher throughput than the legacy load balancers. Another criterion that would affect the company's purchasing decision was the impending depletion of IPv4 addresses. As more and more end users migrate to the IPv6 protocol, Buienradar's goal was to be ready to meet the needs of this small but growing number of IPv6 clients....
Capgemini solved multi-tenancy, load balancing and virtual context problems with Thunder Series from A10 Networks (Overview +/-)
Capgemini The Netherlands is one of the world's foremost providers of consulting, technology, outsourcing services and local professional services, operating in over 40 countries. Capgemini chose the A10 Thunder™ Series because of the large number of configurable Layer 3 Virtualization (L3V) partitions, making it very suitable for multi-tenancy. In addition, A10 Networks' positive reputation with virtual applications and load balancing, as well as price and performance, made A10 the vendor of choice...
One of the nation's largest mobile carriers was met with the challenge of scaling their IP services to the ever growing smartphone market. The biggest challenge was meeting customer demand while dealing with exhaustion of the available public IPv4 addresses remaining at their disposal. With an aging IPv4 infrastructure, they needed a migration plan that would allow them to continue to use their IPv4 addresses while also allowing a smooth migration to an IPv6 offering. Another challenge was maintaining a service that provides application transparency for specific applications and traffic types such as Peer-to-Peer (P2P) and streaming; traditional Network Address Translation (NAT) solutions have difficulty with this. The mobile carrier decided that Large Scale NAT (LSN), also known as Carrier Grade NAT (CGN), technology would be needed to achieve their goals...
CGA Ontario represents more than 19,000 CGAs and 9,000 students. With internal and external users accessing enterprise applications such as SharePoint, Exchange and Blackboard, CGA required a high-performance server load balancer platform, at an affordable price.
Through a Web search for high-performance server load balancers, CGA Ontario
discovered several news articles on A10's AX Series, highlighting twice the performance at half the price of comparable solutions. The extreme value proposition removed other solutions from consideration. CGA Ontario contacted A10, set up the install, noticed the performance improvements immediately and purchased the AX Series...
Club One is an award-winning fitness and wellness provider, with fitness centers across California and wellness programs throughout the United States and Canada. With streaming video and other critical applications to fitness center and partner locations, Club One required a flexible load balancer for Web Application Delivery.
After evaluating and researching solutions, and upon the recommendation of Silicon Valley based reseller VARiable Path, Club One chose three AX 2000 next-generation server load balancers. Two AXs are deployed in the data center in a High Availability (HA) pair configuration. One AX is deployed at the corporate office for Disaster Recovery (DR)...
Code Ready Solutions is a team of technology professionals comprised of consultants, researchers, programmers, graphic designers, animators, system engineers, quality assurance teams, project managers and business analysts who in collaboration engineer technology solutions for companies and organizations across the globe.
Code Ready maintains a server farm to conduct business and often runs multiple Websites on the same server with the same IP address. To ensure its servers are always performing and available, Code Ready required a high-performance server load balancing solution. Upon the recommendation of Value Added Reseller (VAR) DataLink Associates Corp., Code Ready selected A10's AX Series server
load balancers due to essential fl exibility gained by aFleX technology and the industry leading price/performance...
CRC Health Group is the largest provider of specialized behavioral health care services in the U.S., treating more than 30,000 patients each day. CRC has 145 facilities with staff located across the U.S.
CRC provides its staff with Microsoft Outlook Web Access so that its users can access email anywhere and anytime when they are off-site, or on site but not at their own terminal. To ensure that Outlook Web Access is always available and responsive, CRC deployed A10's AX Series server load balancers to balance the load...
Cyso uses AX Series to reduce the impact on support, simplify operations and overhead costs (Overview +/-)
Cyso, founded in 1997 and based in Alkmaar in the Netherlands, is a well-established reputable Internet Service Provider (ISP) and Managed Hosting Provider delivering Engineering Data Management (EDM) and Application Integration solutions. Dedicated to providing its customers with innovative business Internet solutions, Cyso focuses on high performance, security and proven stability for its clients. Over the past 15 years, Cyso has provided fully managed Internet services to industries such as manufacturing, government, healthcare, energy, and telecommunications. Spanning over 50 countries worldwide, Cyso has a rapidly growing client base, serving websites and applications around the globe.
After evaluating its options, it was clear to Cyso that A10 Networks was able to support the advanced requirements of all its enterprise services with its AX Series Application Delivery Controllers (ADCs). A10's no-licensing model is a differentiator in the industry, and F5, the only other competitor to A10 when Cyso was reviewing new vendors, could not match A10's comprehensive no-licensing commitment or virtualization functionality...
Deutsche Telekom is piloting TeraStream, an all-IP network that delivers triple-play and other services from the cloud, as a model for next-generation operator networks. TeraStream also is a proving ground for software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV), as Deutsche Telekom looks to automate and orchestrate cloud services to launch new revenue-generating services and adapt to customer needs more quickly.
Deutsche Telekom has partnered with A10 Networks to develop a carrier-grade, IPv4- over-IPv6 Softwire solution as a virtualized network function, enabling Deutsche Telekom to differentiate and scale cloud services. A10 Networks' software-based and API-driven architecture, commitment to open standards like OpenStack, and a willingness to create innovative solutions were key to helping Deutsche Telekom develop what is widely regarded as one of the most innovative service provider networks today...
Earth Class Mail required a new server load balancer solution to load-balance the Web servers that run the business-critical AJAX-powered Web mail applications. The AJAX Web applications are high-volume with millions of XML formatted messages passed daily.
Given the requirement for privacy and protection of personal information in its online postal-mail service, Earth Class Mail needed a load balancer that can encrypt and re-encrypt SSL on the backend. Because its previous load balancer could not perform the SSL encryption/re-encryption, Earth Class Mail compared competitors' products and selected A10's AX Series server load balancers. The SSL functionality combined with the industry-leading price/performance and support were key competitive differentiators for the AX Series...
Excite selects A10 ADCs to manage its increase in traffic, concerns with DDoS attacks and IPv6 support (Overview +/-)
Excite Japan Co., Ltd. provides various portal services, such as "Excite" and "Beauty Navi" that have been steadily attracting more users - and an application download service for smartphones with a large number of downloads recorded. The portal service operates as its core business, so Excite must offer a comfortable interface to users, and operate a stable network infrastructure to support it. Excite addresses several business issues in order to run a stable infrastructure. "DDoS attacks targeting the websites of public offices and organizations, such as SYN flood attacks,(*1) have been increasing year by year, so Excite Japan also looks at ways to further reinforce security while maintaining the current performance."
"As our service expands, unexpected traffic loads may occur, and an increase in traffic is anticipated in the near future. In order to manage this, we sought to reinforce the system by installing a more spacious load balancer in terms of performance." Simultaneously, Excite Japan considered reinforcing IPv6 support in order to handle a surge in IPv6 clients following the announcement that IPv4 addresses were exhausted in 2011.
FFF Enterprises delivers the nation's first online vaccine portal, MyFluVaccine. A10's AX Series provides FFF Enterprises with a highperformance server load balancing platform to ensure MyFluVaccine is always performing and available.
FFF Enterprises selected A10's AX 2100 Advanced Traffic Manager as it delivers all the required features to ensure the MyFluVaccine(TM) portal performs as desired, especially during peak usage conditions. The key AX Series features that FFF Enterprises leverages include Layer 4-7 server load balancing, SSL acceleration/offload, application persistence and aFleX for advanced scripting...
Florence County provides information and applications to 3 million viewers a month. To optimize and accelerate its virtualized server clusters, a cost-effective, fast and very feature rich server load balancer platform was essential. Florence County chose two AX 2100s in a High Availability (HA) pair. The compelling reasons for choosing A10's AX Series resulted from Application Delivery requirements and core server load balancing functionality...
GAIN Capital Holdings, Inc., a global provider of online trading services specializing in foreign exchange (forex) and contracts for difference (CFDs), offers award-winning trading solutions for customers and partners in more than 140 countries. GAIN Capital operates FOREX.com, one of the best-known brands in the global retail forex industry.
In response to increasing customer demand, GAIN Capital sought to optimize the applications that support its popular trading platforms 24/7. GAIN uses Application Delivery Controllers (ADCs) to provide server load balancing for its trading applications, which supply live market rates, streaming news and real-time account information.
These applications are business critical so instant failover in the event of an outage is necessary. GAIN's existing ADCs were struggling to keep up with the increased demand. GAIN also discovered that one of the factors contributing to its SSL performance restrictions was due to the need to switch to larger more secure 2048-bit security certificates. A 2048-bit certificate size can account for an additional 3 to 7 times impact in performance over a 1024-bit certificate. GAIN Capital needed to refresh its existing ADCs to increase performance while maintaining a consistent user experience to its clients.
Gamania deploys Global Server Load Balancing and application acceleration for first-class online gaming services (Overview +/-)
Gamania Digital Equipment, headquartered in Taiwan with 650 employees, is a leading online game provider, which develops, publishes and co-publishes on-line games. Founded in 1995, Gamania has grown from a handful of gaming enthusiasts to a multinational organization that continuously delivers a first-class online gaming experience to many thousand users daily.
For the past five years, Gamania has leveraged application delivery controllers (ADCs) to enhance its online Web gaming application services. This includes load balancing and application acceleration for value-added services, such as downloading patch files and access to online games. In 2008, Gamania expanded its operations to deliver increased services to its users, which required more ADCs to be added to its continuously growing network.
For its datacenter and operation expansion project, Gamania had several options for the new ADCs. The first was to purchase additional BIG-IP load balancers from F5, its incumbent provider. The second was to evaluate alternatives to see if there are better solutions in the industry. For this option, Gamania evaluated Citrix's NetScaler and A10's AX Series. During the proof of concept (PoC) period, A10's AX Series new-generation ADCs demonstrated superb performance, flexibility and scalability, which outshined competitors. As a result, Gamania selected AX Series for its expansion project...
GameFlier is a leading online gaming provider in Taiwan. A10's AX Series provides Game Flier with a high-performance server load balancing platform to ensure its Web portal applications are always performing, available and scalable for increased user growth.
GameFlier selected A10's AX 2100 because it provides the highest performance on the market at the most competitive price. The AX Series is the first family of server load balancers that is tuned for multi-core CPU systems and capable of handling today's bandwidth intensive and high volume applications such as GameFlier's Web portal system...
GameOn needed an advanced Server Load Balancer (SLB) with virtualization features to consolidate their multiple SLBs as well as enable multi-tenant environments which resulted in faster deployment times (Overview +/-)
GameOn Co., Ltd. was founded in 2001 and headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. GameOn
participates in the management and development of online games in Japan. It also offers software licenses to the Internet cafes for using online games, as well as operates online web portal sites for online games. In addition, it has business licenses merchandising rights utilizing the licensing of online games...
GenieKnows.com replaced previous load balancer with AX Series for higher performance and scalability to handle increased traffic and peak load
GenieKnows.com is a local search engine that connects search technology, community and content by developing niche-specific portals tailored for distinct searching communities, delivering a focused, useful and rewarding search experience. One of its key portals, GenieKnowsMedia.com, is a business-to-business (B2B) portal that empowers a broad distribution network for its advertisers, helping businesses connect with consumers and grow their bottom line by conveying meaningful, revenue-generating search results. Both are divisions of IT Interactive Services, Inc., a private Canadian media incorporation headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
GenieKnows.com has 20 million business listing records with 170,000 unique visitors a month, and growing at 34-40% per month. In addition, GenieKnows.com has partnerships with companies such as Yahoo! and City Search to pull in sponsored search links with these partners. GenieKnowsMedia.com has 2 billion search requests on a monthly basis. Two datacenters run both web sites for redundancy...
Hawkins load balances JD Edwards ERP software, Java application servers and Windows Terminal Services (Overview +/-)
Hawkins is a chemical manufacturing provider with 300 employees and 10 servers running enterprise software. After evaluating and researching solutions, Hawkins chose a pair of A10's AX 2000 nextgeneration server load balancers and replaced the incumbent F5 BIG-IP...
Intermax is a growing Dutch hosting and cloud computing provider for business-critical (web) applications, with customers in healthcare, government, media and e-commerce. For more than 20 years, the company has provided its customers with the necessary infrastructure and services to keep pace with the fast moving use of cloud services.
Intermax uses multiple high availability pairs of A10 ADCs. One pair is used for internal services and customer partitions – load balancing customers' web traffic in either the Amsterdam or the Rotterdam data centers. The other pairs are dedicated to a single customer only and are located in either the Amsterdam or the Rotterdam data centers.
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.
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...
LeaseWeb is a growing provider of hosted infrastructure solutions, which include a portfolio that spans from traditional dedicated server hosting to cloud and colocation solutions, or hybrid solutions. As a prominent subsidiary of Ocom Group, LeaseWeb has been offering world class hosting solutions that support mission critical websites, Internet applications, email servers, security and storage services since 1997.
To meet their customers' needs, LeaseWeb demanded a stable and high performance advanced Server Load Balancing (SLB) solution that included a comprehensive range of innovative features, with no licensing fees...
In 2008, McMaster began a selection process to replace the incumbent WebCT 4.1 Learning Management System (LMS), choosing the Blackboard Academic Suite 8 and Blackboard Vista 8. The new system allows comprehensive e-Learning, course and student management, while also adding Web 2.0 collaborative features for community and content.
To ensure the Blackboard platform is highly available and to power the new features, McMaster also required an upgrade of the underlying system architecture, including both physical and virtual servers. The applications are web-based, so an Application Delivery Controller was also needed, principally to provide application acceleration, load balancing and Layer 7 scripting with rewrite functionality.
The AX Series was chosen by McMaster in a high availability configuration for maximum redundancy. In addition to delivering twice the performance at half the price of the competitors, AX Series satisfied the functional requirements as well as solving some key implementation issues...
MEVIO increases performance for entertainment site run by PHP, MySQL and Linux backend servers (Overview +/-)
MEVIO is one of the fastest growing entertainment sites on the Web, with an audience of over six million monthly viewers. To keep its Web environment running, a cost-effective, highperformance server load balancer platform was required.
MEVIO chose two AX 2200 server load balancers in a High Availability (HA) pair for the production network, and one AX 2000 for staging...
Micron21 selects A10 with a goal to create a world-class data center, without compromise to meet growing demands. (Overview +/-)
Micron21 utilizes A10 features such as RAM Caching, Compression, SSL Acceleration and DDoS Protection to achieve high performance and reliability...
Mitsui Knowledge Industry Co., Ltd. (MKI), Japan, has adopted the A10 Networks® Thunder® ADC as the application delivery controller (ADC) for the networks of their new verification laboratories in Vietnam....
Newcastle University selects A10's advanced high performing Application Delivery Controller (ADC) with enhanced security features for their critical international learning environment (Overview +/-)
From its origins as a School of Medicine and Surgery in 1834, Newcastle
University today offers a first-class student experience in one of the
UK's most vibrant, student-friendly cities. Newcastle is a member of
the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities. Ranked
among the best in the world by the most recent Times Higher Education
World University Rankings, Newcastle University is in its global top
200, while ranking in the top 20 UK universities in The Sunday Times
University Guide 2013...
NTT Plala required a IPv6 solution to support its growing 2 million subscribers of Hikari-TV, its video distribution service (Overview +/-)
NTT Plala has been providing IPv6-based commercial services since 2004. A10 Networks has been developing IPv6 solutions since the company's inception. NTT Plala's Mr. Tomonobu Akimoto and Mr. Ken Taniuchi, who have first-hand experience of the service business, talk to A10 Networks' Satoshi Tenda about the past, present and future of IPv6 from the viewpoint of a service builder and provider...
Nxs Internet needed an advanced Application Delivery Controller (ADC) to improve and develop value added services for its customers (Overview +/-)
Nxs Internet is a successful, fast growing Internet Service Provider with three data centers in Amsterdam, one primary data center, one disaster recovery location and the third location for data backup storage. With 35 employees, Nxs Internet provides virtual, co-located and managed hosting, domain registration as well as rack space for over 500 customers ranging from retail, government and IT. Nxs Internet is known for the quality and reliability of its services, facilitating the online success of its customers.
Besides continuously improving the business critical hosting services and developing complimentary services for customers, Nxs Internet also invests in a sustainable future, using green energy in its data centers, investments in low energy cooling solutions and long-term investing in its own forest to compensate its CO2-emissions...
Oad Group required a high-performance Application Delivery Controller (ADC)/server load balancing solution to meet the daily increasing demands of online traffic (Overview +/-)
The Oad Groep (also known as the Oad Group), is headquartered in Holten, Netherlands and is one of the leading travel operators in the country.
The company offers tour packages across all types of transportation, including air, train, car and boat, with cruises to more than 60 countries worldwide.
The Oad Group is a privately-held company consisting of three divisions that
cover both consumer and corporate travel: Oad Reizen (Oad Travel), the Globe
Travel Agency Group, and Oad Coach Company. The Oad Group has 2,000
employees worldwide and books more than 750,000 passengers every year. Its
2010 revenue amounted to nearly 1 billion Euros.
Peak Hosting, founded in 2001, provides comprehensive IT-as-a-service managed hosting and private hybrid cloud services to enterprise-level clients. Over the last decade, Peak Hosting's consultants have built fifteen of the twenty largest web properties in the world.
Peak Hosting's network is comprised of core routing from Cisco, 10 Gb distribution and top of rack switching from Brocade and firewalling from Juniper. For load balancing hundreds of servers, Peak Hosting was using Citrix NetScaler appliances. However, with Peak Hosting's constantly increasing traffic load and customer management requirements, the NetScaler solution was running out of capacity and couldn't provide the individual secure access customers demanded. While researching higher performance solutions, Peak also was on the lookout for any recent innovation that load balancers and Application Delivery Controllers (ADCs) could offer to improve the customer experience and stream-line internal operations, reducing their overall total cost of ownership.
Rakuten reduced equipment and power consumption to a third
of previous levels with AX Series (Overview +/-)
Rakuten, Inc. launched its "Rakuten Ichiba (market)" as a pioneering online shopping mall in 1997 based on a strong commitment to "enable people with business acumen to readily open a shop." Rakuten operates an Internet shopping mall that hosts over 39,000 stores. Throughout the site, over 90 million products are offered, the membership has already topped 76 million, and these numbers have led to 13 billion yen in total distribution value (all statistics as of March 2012). Fifteen years after launching its site, a wide variety of services, such as travel, portal, and ﬁnance are now provided centered on electronic commerce (EC), and this has developed into a one-stop system oﬀering the many necessities of our modern-day lives.
Rakuten adopted A10 Networks' AX Series, and reinforced its network infrastructure to better cope with the increased number of users and diversified services...
The AX Series was able to satisfy the requirements set by SapientNitro. The SSL Offload feature greatly simplifies SSL-key management; now certificates are centralized at the ADC for management, instead of stored on the individual web servers. Additionally, the dedicated SSL processors within the AX Series enable SapientNitro to handle the increased SSL requirements bought on by the upgrade from 1024-bit to 2048-bit keys—without impact to the web servers. The SSL Offload feature allows SapientNitro to return processing capacity to the web servers, and ensure better server and application performance with the existing hardware. For SapientNitro, this directly translates into reduced data center footprint, reduced power consumption and more cost effective operating expenses. A10 Networks provides worry-free licensing and does not charge additional licensing fees for performance or features such as SSL Offload...
A top University was experiencing an explosive growth of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets connecting to their campus Wi-Fi network. These personal devices brought to work, or to school in this case, are commonly referred to as "BYOD" (Bring Your Own Device). The Wi-Fi network needs to provide the capacity and deliver the performance to access an array of media rich learning applications. These applications promise a more effective learning experience for students, by providing richer content, connectivity to social networks, and instant messaging for teachers and staff that can send information instantly to individual groups. The common behavior to keep every device constantly connected puts a large burden on campus Wi-Fi networks. The ability to handle the larger number of devices with higher "always on" connection frequency poses several new challenges...
Schibsted IT needed a new generation server load balancer to support high-volume traffic, with a scalable platform and advanced software features (Overview +/-)
Oslo-based Schibsted IT, formerly known as Media Norge IT, has approximately 60 employees dedicated to providing IT services to a number of Schibsted Media subsidiaries. Schibsted Media Group is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange (SCH) and has operations in 25 countries, with services in the fields of newspaper, television, film, publishing, multimedia and mobile solutions. Schibsted owns many major newspapers and dailies in Norway and Sweden, such as VG, Aftenposten, Aftonbladet and Svenska Dagbladet.
Schibsted is ranked third in online classified business worldwide, just behind eBay and Craigslist. Revenues from its classified business increased to $245 million during the first six months of 2010.
Sega configures high performance mobile system infrastructure with AX Series (Overview +/-)
Since establishment in 1960, Sega Corporation has been providing game content through various consumer devices. In recent years, the company has created new forms of entertainment based on a combination of network and mobile games to provide a rich collection of titles.
Mobile Game Site Challenges: Infrastructure Configuration In order to provide new mobile game titles via the Internet, Sega initiated a project to construct a dedicated mobile game system. To provide the infrastructure for the new game titles, Sega first considered utilizing cloud services for short time period usage, but the growth forecast of extended application titles for mobile users resulted in a decision to construct a new in-house system to provide multiple game titles in parallel. The new system required servers for game content, and new server load balancers to handle large traffic to multiple games' content with high speed.
Servers Australia deploys the AX Series as a highly-flexible, high-performance solution with its multi-tenancy capabilities, highly available load balancing, usability advantages and SSL offloading features. (Overview +/-)
Servers Australia is a well-established, Australian owned enterprise with a reputation for being a premium provider. Servers Australia is driven by a passion to provide superior customer service and support. Servers Australia is well acquainted with the latest cutting edge technology and is dedicated to providing customers with the best possible solutions to deliver results that are flexible, convenient and cost effective.
Shanda Interactive Entertainment Limited (NasdaqGS: SNDA) is a leading interactive media entertainment company in China, offering a diverse portfolio of entertainment content including some of the most popular massively multi-player online roleplaying games (MMORPGs), casual online games and a variety of cartoons, literature and music.
Jinjiang (jjwxc.net), a subsidiary of Shanda, is the largest and most popular female creative writing web site in China. The users who regularly visit the site to research the original essays generate more than 50 million page views daily from 500,000 independent viewers that typically average up to 49 minutes per session on the site. This volume is increasing rapidly with traffic having increased over 300% since the end of 2007, so scaling growth is paramount to success.
Jinjiang's network includes a 100% BSD/Linux server infrastructure running eCommerce web applications with MySQL databases on the backend to handle the current load of over 100,000 creative writing purchase transactions daily. Previously, an open source load balancing product called HAProxy was in place, but this was not enough to meet the performance requirements. To handle the rapidly growing Internet traffic and eCommerce transactions, Shanda required a high-performance platform for its web servers to better manage the load. The company considered solutions from F5 and Citrix NetScaler, but after rigorous technical testing made the decision to purchase A10's AX Series.
ShareCompany (www.sharecompany.nl), based in the Netherlands, is a leading provider of managed solutions for banks, brokers and media. Servicing large companies such as ABN, AMRO, Rabobank, RTL, SNS Bank and more,
ShareCompany's products include websites, streaming market data terminals and
web services for various applications. ShareCompany has over one million online users a day, viewing content from its managed solutions.
Due to increased demand by high-profile customers, ShareCompany needed to set up a second data center, and hired consulting firm and reseller partner Quanza Engineering to design the new network with requirements for high availability, performance and reliability. ShareCompany previously deployed F5 Networks' Big-IP load balancers in its old network; however, to meet the increased requirements for the second data center, Quanza recommended A10's AX Series new generation server load balancers for the company's application delivery needs.
ShareCompany's new data center infrastructure includes servers running on Windows 2003 and 2008 platforms, with applications that handle, process and distribute financial market information with rates of up to 400,000 records per second, including XML feeds and many other sources. The information is stored in SQL and memory databases and streamed via web servers which host its customers' websites.
Shasta County's charter is to distribute information as quickly, efficiently and cost effectively as possible to the public. Shasta County selected A10's AX Series for an infrastructure upgrade, fulfilling its charter through the ability to handle increased load for the next five years....
Shopzilla.com and BizRate.com, typically serve 50,000 to 70,000 concurrent users at any given time.
Predicted traffic growth signaled a need for additional load balancer capacity, so Shopzilla required an alternative to the installed Juniper DXs, which had reached end of life. A10 Networks' AX 3200 server load balancers were selected as they addressed both the low latency and high simultaneous connection requirements...
Simplex Inc., a Japanese IT consulting firm specializing in financial systems, needed a high-performing and reliable Server Load Balancer (SLB) with dedicated SSL hardware acceleration and the ability to provide millisecond response time (Overview +/-)
Simplex Inc. provides IT support to financial institutions' front office operations. This includes a variety of services ranging from dealing systems for institutional investors to Internet trading systems for individual investors. Of particular note, they have garnered an overwhelming market share in terms of cloud services for financial trading systems, exemplified by foreign exchange (FX) margin transactions. Simplex Consulting chose A10 Networks' AX Series as their cloud service platform for financial institutions that require peak performance and stability...
In the early stages of SK Life's business, the focus was on customer acquisition and retention and return on investment. In addition, today's business challenges include a government open insurance policy and various insurance package options, delivering multipe layers of complexity and creating a need for simulataneous data exchanges so that employees can quickly and effectively service clients.
To meet the requirements for simultaneous information sharing within the organization, SK Life deployed six Web application servers for its internal applications and storage. Initially, the applications ran at 5 Mbps, but after the integrated investment insurance policies took place, the need increased to 30 Mbps. Increased internal application traffic caused network latency whereby employees had to wait to get online and collect client and program information, and as a result business opportunities were lost.
Upon research, SK Life learned that network congestion could be resolved with an advanced Application Delivery Controller (ADC), and contacted A10 Networks to evaluate its award-winning AX Series ADCs. Upon deploying the AX Series, SK Life immediately realized the benefits and made the purchase.
SKYCable was in need of a solution to extend IPv4-based connectivity, in addition to a need to address increased loads on DNS and Caching Servers. (Overview +/-)
A10 ADC has enabled SKYCable to keep ahead of the competition in providing the best ISP experience in the Philippines.
SkyMesh deployed the AX Series to solve its IPv4 preservation issues which were unable to meet increased traffic volumes (Overview +/-)
SkyMesh faces a challenge common to ISPs these days - needing to conserve their limited IPv4 address space allocation, as the transition to IPv6 is dragging on - and is leveraging their IPv4 allocation with Large Scale NAT (LSN), also known as Carrier Grade NAT (CGN).
SkyMesh's existing routing and switching used industry standard equipment from Cisco to support 8,000 NBN satellite users, 20,000 IPSTAR satellite users and 1,500 NBN fibre/wireless users, but the existing equipment was failing to meet the workload required of it. It was hitting 100% CPU at 130,000 sessions, resulting in dropped packets, and they quickly needed to improve the performance. SkyMesh's first step was to try a replacement Cisco unit, an ASR1002, but it failed to cope with the net load in testing. SkyMesh considered solutions from Brocade, Cisco and A10, but it was the A10 that stood out as the most attractive, with its all-inclusive licensing model, which does not require the purchase of additional licenses to realise the full capacity of the unit. SkyMesh estimated that they would have needed six or eight Cisco ASR 1002 units to do the same job as the A10 AX 3030, which would not be at all cost effective.
As the college grew rapidly, expanding globally with additional students, its incumbent IT infrastructure suffered, unable to meet the challenges brought by this growth. St. Petersburg College needed an advanced Application Delivery Controller (ADC) with multi-tenancy features in order to manage the diverse and rapidly increasing plethora of applications, spanning from classroom campus-wide applications such as Blackboard Learn+ to Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software such as Oracle PeopleSoft, in addition to Microsoft applications such as SharePoint, Lync and Exchange.
St. Petersburg College's major concern was to find a platform that could accommodate growth and significantly increase data center bandwidth. The solution needed to run efficiently and flawlessly, with no traffic impact during failover.
Subaru Canada appreciates the bandwidth provided by the AX 2500, which costs less than one-third of competing solutions (based on throughput-$-per-Gbps metric) (Overview +/-)
Subaru Canada had been using the Foundry ServerIron 4G-SSL to provide
server load balancing for its website (www.subaru.ca). However, when it
came time to renew the support contract with Brocade Communications
Systems, Inc., which had acquired Foundry Networks in 2008, Subaru
Canada decided to evaluate some of the newer technologies available.
While Subaru was impressed with the performance of the AX 1000, due to the rapid growth rate of sales at Subaru Canada, they decided they might later appreciate having the additional overhead provided by the AX 2500, with its 10 Gbps throughput capacity, as opposed to the 4 Gbps capacity of the
AX 1000. Subaru Canada's Director of eBusiness & Information Systems, George
Hamin said it was an easy choice, since the AX appliance cost "just a little more than the cost of renewing support on our 4G-SSL."
Taobao.com achieves Layer 4-7 load balancer consolidation across data centers and content delivery networks (Overview +/-)
Server Load Balancing is the key solution in Taobao's data center and
CDN sites to achieve network stability, scalability and reliability. With
nearly 100 million registered users and growing, data center traffic can be
taxing on the network and application servers. To better handle traffic
surges and volume growth, and to ensure that the site is always available
for users, Taobao began researching new load balancing options. They
needed a solution that not only can handle the rapidly increasing load on
Layer 4 services in the data center, but also can provide better Layer 7
performance to accommodate the demands on the CDN and its nodes.
In Taobao's previous data center deployment, the old systems could not provide the required high performance at Layer 7, and were aging and unstable. After evaluating A10's AX Series and as well as newer models from incumbent vendors, the Taobao.com IT team concluded the AX's Layer 4-7 performance was much higher than the other vendors', enough to meet Taobao's network needs, and decided to make the transition to AX Series.
Thames-Coromandel District Council (TCDC) in New Zealand has created a fast, reliable future-proofed network for interacting with and servicing its various communities. The main drivers of this efficient technology are two application delivery controllers from A10 Networks, whose benefits include enabling Council's web pages to load five times faster than before.
Based on its previous technology, TCDC's ability to support the future requirements of all stakeholders was very limited. Performance, security and overall manageability were being compromised and the situation was expected to deteriorate further as more applications were added to the network.
Tremor Video needed a reliable and scalable solution that could manage the growing traffic of supporting over 1 billion ads per month (Overview +/-)
Propelled by solid growth, Tremor Video was able to acquire other companies; however, this created a problem with disparate platforms across edge appliances. The technological incongruities between platforms introduced unnecessary complexity, which was felt by customers and Tremor Video staff alike. Customers experienced slower traffic due to increased latency through the Tremor Video network, while staff contended with added management overhead.
Tweakers.net implemented the AX Series Application Delivery Controllers for their Global Server Load Balancing (GSLB) needs (Overview +/-)
Tweakers' network consists of two geographically redundant sites, each housing a LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP) stack and connected to a different ISP. To increase performance, availability and scalability for its high traffic network, Tweakers looked for server load balancers with the highest quality, including specific functionality to implement redundancy between the two locations.
Tweakers selected A10's AX 2500s due to the breadth of features and advanced carrier-grade hardware they offered for reliability versus the other solutions. For example, the AX 2500s include 12 x 1 Gb ports, solid state drives (SSDs), SSL acceleration ASICs, 11 Gbps throughput, 300,000 Layer 4 connections per second, dual redundant power supplies and all features included without license fees. Tweakers especially liked the port flexibility and density offered by the AX models.
The University of Kansas Hospital is the region's premier academic medical center, dedicated to providing excellent service and compassionate, high-quality medical care. With approximately 5500 employees in 50 locations throughout Kansas, the hospital continues to bring a level of expertise to patient care that comes from leadership in medical research and education. The University of Kansas Hospital has ranked on U.S. News and World Report's Best Hospitals list for the past seven years with nine of its specialties, ranking among the nation's top 50. They are home to the largest Physician practice in Kansas, representing more than 200 specialties.
With two data centers and two clusters of existing load balancing equipment coming to their end of life (EOL), the hospital required a proven solution to replace its existing Server Load Balancing (SLB) equipment and support the current corporate design to migrate away from GroupWise and implement Microsoft Exchange across its network. To maintain its current infrastructure and expand to MS Lync for video conferencing and voice services, as well as meet additional needs for virtualization and multi-tenancy in the future, an enterprise-level SLB solution was needed. After looking at a number of vendors, the hospital decided to test A10's next-generation Application Delivery Controllers (ADCs).
University of the Arts London is a vibrant world center for innovation, comprising six internationally renowned colleges. It is Europe's largest university for art, design, fashion, communication and the performing arts.
University of the Arts London leverages Web technologies to provide a multitude of applications and services to its students and faculty. It has over 25 Websites with interactive content, including bandwidth-intensive graphic applications. Its infrastructure spans two datacenters and consists of Apache servers running on VMware that communicate with and retrieve information from the MySQL and Oracle databases on the
In 2009, University of the Arts London began a new Web service project to create a new architecture capable of providing optimized content delivery to site visitors. The project consisted of an initial phase: Redesign and build a new hardware/software platform, which included replacing the existing Radware server load balancers whose capacity was maxed out.
USA 800 has three sites, each of which are contact centers for multiple partners, whereby applications are served from two data centers. Predicting record traffic for the 2008 holiday shopping season, USA 800 required a new high-performance server load balancer platform.
After researching multiple load balancing solutions such as F5's BIG-IP, USA 800 chose A10's AX 2100s and deployed them near the end of October 2008, less than 30 days before the 2008 holiday shopping season. For USA 800, online customer traffic generated between the third week in November and the Christmas holiday every year contributes to a critically significant portion of annual revenue, so stability, redundancy and failover features were essential. Upon deployment, the AX 2100s managed capacity flawlessly, and aided USA 800 in experiencing the most successful holiday season in its history...
Wire and Wireless Co., Ltd. (Wi2) used to provide services by assigning public IPv4 addresses to client devices connecting to them. However, as available IPv4 addresses were being exhausted, and the number of connecting devices was expected to increase rapidly, the effective utilization and preservation of IPv4 addresses suddenly became imperative.
In order to resolve this challenge, Wi2 focused on CGN (Carrier Grade NAT, also known as LSN, Large Scale NAT) to expand the available capacity of each IPv4 address. CGN's NAT configuration enables the use of private IPv4 addresses for connecting devices, and increases the efficiency of the device capacity per public IPv4 address...
Yahoo Japan Corporation was established in 1996 to provide information search services online. Based on its corporate philosophy of "Yahoo!
JAPAN, for anything, anywhere", the corporation aims to provide a rich, convenient and valuable "Life Engine". A10 Networks' AX Series was chosen
to strengthen the network infrastructure of Yahoo Japan services...