Network admins for enterprises and service providers all know the pain of growth and change. Rapid or unexpected growth in users, subscribers and traffic; migration from centralized data centers to edge deployments, cloud, multi-cloud or hybrid cloud environments; and the pandemic-inspired shift to distributed and suburban/home-based applications means network administrators must continually scramble to ensure capacity is correctly and efficiently deployed to meet demand.
For the critical functions that A10 provides, including Thunder® Application delivery Controller (ADC), Thunder Convergent Firewall (CFW) and Thunder Carrier-grade Networking (CGN), customers are managing their Thunder appliances or virtual machines throughout this massive change using A10 Harmony Controller®. The A10 Harmony Controller provides centralized management and analytics for A10 secure application services including A10 Thunder ADC, SSLi®, CFW, and CGN in multi-cloud environments for application configuration and policy enforcement. It is available on self-managed (on-premises/cloud) and as-a-service.
Harmony Controller as-a-service has key advantages over self-managed systems, providing organizations a centralized management interface for installation, configuration, monitoring and troubleshooting of physical and virtual devices wherever they are deployed. Adding or changing Thunder devices used to require manually intensive processes for installation, licensing, registration of devices. Harmony Controller as-a-service makes those processes simple and easy to use. The service is operated by A10 to ensure its security and availability. The service creates simpler elastic capacity with a management interface that automatically scales as the system grows, supporting millions of users and thousands of devices.
Harmony Controller as-a-service, Release 5.4, includes the following enhancements:
Now, administrators can enable MFA for all the users in the account. MFA is available when the users are authenticated locally in Harmony Controller. Users need to install the Google Authenticator app on their mobile devices for a one-time set up of MFA. While users can postpone set-up, the administrator can set an enforcement deadline. The device communicator role is created for users who use Harmony Controller to register Thunder devices.
Now, users can authenticate on the remote servers, such as LDAP, TACACS +, or RADIUS, and authorize locally in Harmony Controller. The user privileges and access information are stored in Harmony Controller.
Now, users can schedule periodic device configuration backups with precise time-zone and frequency.
Harmony Controller as-a-service, Release 5.4, is a secured management service that customers can use to manage their own Thunder devices. It is available today for new customers deploying A10 Thunder devices or existing customers that want to covert a self-managed Harmony Controller system to a managed service.