Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) 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 Thunder Series are the most efficient Application Delivery Controllers (ADCs), providing Unified Application Service Gateway (UASG) functionality by consolidating multiple solutions for intelligent Cloud services in one appliance. The flagship Thunder 6430S is a software-defined platform utilizing A10's Advanced Core Operating System (ACOS) to scale and optimize applications such as Microsoft SharePoint, Exchange, and Lync.
A10 won two Best of TechEd 2013 awards – one in the Hardware category with its A10 Thunder™ appliances, and one for the overall Attendees' Pick category.
Taking Lync as an example, Microsoft recommends three load balancers. This can be condensed to a single Thunder appliance. Thunder offers comprehensive security and performance where it is most needed, your network edge.
According to the judging panel, the 64-bit AX Series won the award due to its "innovative approach to network load-balancing, high availability, and health monitoring. Site-level and global-level geographic redundancy—through its uniquely flexible ACOS (Advanced Core Operating System) architecture—provides for a truly scalable solution that boasts excellent security and 64-bit performance."
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 AX 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.
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.
The A10 Networks AX 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 SoftAX models can be used for Lync 2013 deployments.
A10 Networks is strongly committed to our partnership with Microsoft. For many years, we have completed certifications and provided deployment guides for Microsoft. A10 has shown continued commitment to Microsoft communication products, with deployment guides and certifications for Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2 (commonly known as OCS) and Microsoft Lync 2010 already available.
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 AX 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 AX 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.
Multiple A10 customers are leveraging AX Series solutions to ensure Microsoft Outlook Web Access is always available.
We researched the three major load balancing solutions on the market and were delighted to learn we could deploy AX Series for the most superior technology at a fraction of the price.
Tom Lee, IT Supervisor for Infrastructure, Shasta County
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.
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 AX Series is designed for applications such as SharePoint, providing better robustness in failover situations, offloading security processing, and performing intelligent load balancing.
I took an interest in A10 Networks based on the company's stellar reputation in the online community. When I implemented the AX Series in our network environment, I was pleased by the ease of use and flexibility of the product.
Philip Philippides, Senior Network Administrator for CGA Ontario
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.
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 AX Series provides high availability and scalability of Microsoft Unified Access Gateway servers. Deploying a combined solution of A10 Networks AX 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.
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 AX Series is designed for applications such as Terminal Services, providing better robustness in failover situations, offloading security processing, and performing intelligent load sharing.
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 AX Series provides high availability to Microsoft ADFS servers by providing automatic failover and automated error detection via health check monitors. The AX Series is designed to optimize performance and to authenticate server selection for ADFS federations.