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Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. A10 has Thunder™ & AX Series solutions for popular Microsoft enterprise applications. A10 also has a Microsoft Pinpoint listing.

The A10's Thunder and AX Series, powered by ACOS, enhances Microsoft applications by providing the following:

  • Higher Scalability - Enterprises can easily scale Microsoft applications by load balancing traffic across multiple servers.
  • Higher Performance - Higher connection counts, faster end-user responsiveness and reduced application server CPU utilization are realized by using advanced ACOS features: HTTP Compression, RAM Caching and Connection Reuse.
  • High Availability - Enhanced service availability is verified through periodic health checks.
  • Higher Security - ACOS protects Microsoft services from DDoS attacks and ensure against code vulnerabilities and gain PCI/HIPAA compliancy.
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Microsoft Exchange
Microsoft Lync & Office Communications Server (OCS)
Microsoft SharePoint
Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS)
Microsoft SCVMM
Microsoft System Center Operation Manager (SCOM)
Microsoft Unified Access Gateway
Microsoft Windows Server Terminal Services
Microsoft Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS)

Microsoft Exchange

Microsoft Exchange provides reliable messaging with built-in protection against spam and viruses. Using Exchange, users throughout an organization can access e-mail, voice mail, calendars, and contacts from a wide variety of devices and from any location.

The Thunder Series with its Advanced Core Operating System (ACOS) has been designed specifically for applications such as Exchange, providing better robustness in failover situations and performing intelligent load sharing of email processing.

The AX Series is a certified device on the Microsoft Technet "Hardware Load Balancers for Exchange Server 2010" list, providing advanced features and unique security benefits that can support and enhance all Exchange 2010 deployments.

Documentation

Microsoft Exchange 2013 Deployment Guide
Microsoft Exchange 2010 Deployment Guide

Microsoft Lync & Office Communications Server (OCS)

The A10 Networks Thunder Series Application Delivery Controller (ADC) provides advanced load balancing and enhanced services for Microsoft Lync 2013's new features and applications. The AX Series hardware-based models and Hypervisor-based vThunder models can be used for Lync 2013 deployments.

Microsoft Lync Server 2010 is the successor to Microsoft Office Communications Server (OCS), providing a single interface that unites enterprise-ready voice communications, IM, collaboration, and  audio/video web conferencing into a richer, more contextual offering.

The Thunder Series provides Lync Server and OCS enhanced robustness in failover situations, load balancing of VoIP users' sessions for better performance and scalability, processing offload and intelligent load sharing for clients' access to Lync Server and OCS services.

The Thunder Series has completed in-depth interoperability testing in partnership with Microsoft, receiving Microsoft Lync Server 2010 certification and Microsoft OCS certification for hardware and software AX Series models.

Documentation

Avoid Microsoft Lync Deployment Pitfalls with A10 Thunder ADC White Paper
Microsoft Lync 2013 Deployment Guide
Microsoft Lync Solution Brief
Microsoft Lync Deployment Guide
Microsoft OCS Deployment Guide
Blog: Reducing the Cost of Microsoft Lync Deployment with Virtualization

Microsoft SharePoint

Microsoft SharePoint is a web-based enterprise application for document management and collaboration, utilizing the HTTP and HTTPS protocols. SharePoint is a TCP-based application requiring multiple acknowledgements and secure processing of data, which could slow down server response and degrade responsiveness to users when load increases.

The Thunder Series is designed for applications such as SharePoint, providing better robustness in failover situations, offloading security processing, and performing intelligent load balancing.

Documentation

Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Deployment Guide
Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Deployment Guide
Microsoft SharePoint 2007 Deployment Guide
Microsoft SharePoint Performance Optimization White Paper
Certified General Accountants of Ontario Customer Usage Example: Load Balancing Blackboard, Exchange and SharePoint

Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS)

Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) is a web server application for use with Microsoft Windows Servers. IIS supports the HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, FTPS, SMTP and NNTP protocols. The IIS web server is purpose made for Microsoft XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.

The AX Series, with its Advanced Core Operating System (ACOS), has been designed specifically to provide better robustness in failover situations and perform intelligent load sharing of IIS servers. In addition, the AX Series increases security, reliability and optimization.

Documentation

Microsoft Internet Information Services Deployment Guide

Microsoft SCVMM

Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2012 enables centralized management and monitoring of virtual machines and physical infrastructure, while increasing server performance, enhancing availability, accelerating applications, and providing dynamic resource optimization across multiple virtual platforms. SCVMM provides fabric management of virtual machine and virtual network appliance infrastructure.

A10 offers solutions to manage virtual ADCs (SoftAX virtual appliances) and physical appliances such as the A10 Thunder or the AX Series ADCs within an SCVMM fabric.

Documentation

Microsoft SCVMM 2012 Deployment Guide


Microsoft System Center Operation Manager (SCOM)

The A10 Management Pack for Microsoft System Center Operation Management (SCOM) is a snap-in solution installed on Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 or Windows 2012 Server that monitors and manages the information generated by running A10 ADCs. The A10 Management Pack for SCOM enables a network administrator to have a centralized view of management and provides near real-time performance monitoring for all A10 devices in the network. Microsoft SCOM is a network management system (NMS) that utilizes a single interface to monitor and manage A10's ADCs at any given time. The SCOM Management Pack tool tracks information such as health status, system state, alerts and performance metrics, and manages the information.

Documentation

Microsoft SCOM Solution Brief
Microsoft SCOM Deployment Guide

Microsoft Unified Access Gateway

Microsoft Unified Access Gateway (UAG) 2010 is part of the Microsoft Forefront security product line. The UAG is a comprehensive remote access and security software solution that can offer secure unified access to internal corporate applications.

The Thunder Series provides high availability and scalability of Microsoft Unified Access Gateway servers. Deploying a combined solution of A10 Networks Thunder Series and Microsoft UAG gives remote users peace of mind by ensuring secure access to corporate applications, increases performance through SSL Offload, maximizes network reliability, and reduces management costs.

Documentation

Microsoft Unified Access Gateway 2010

Microsoft Windows Server Terminal Services

Microsoft Terminal Services allows controlling of applications running in one location from another location. By using Terminal Services, a user from a remote location can have control of either the whole desktop or certain applications.

The Thunder Series is designed for applications such as Terminal Services, providing better robustness in failover situations, offloading security processing, and performing intelligent load sharing.

Documentation

Microsoft Windows Server Terminal Services Deployment Guide

Microsoft Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS)

Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) allows the sharing of identity authentication between two trusted partners beyond the boundary of an Active Directory (AD) forest. This feature is available within Windows servers and provides users with Single Sign-On access to systems and applications across organizational boundaries. ADFS is becoming very popular due to the dramatic shift of enterprise customers towards cloud-based services such as Microsoft Office 365. ADFS enables users of existing AD credentials to access Office 365 or other trusted networks through an AD federation. The benefit to users is that only a single credential is needed to access applications. The single access credential works as long as the trusted relationship between the AD forests remains intact.

The Thunder Series provides high availability to Microsoft ADFS servers by providing automatic failover and automated error detection via health check monitors. The Thunder Series is designed to optimize performance and to authenticate server selection for ADFS federations.

Documentation

Microsoft ADFS Deployment Guide