Client & Case Study

Taobao

Client case study description

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 ADCs and as well as newer models from incumbent vendors, the Taobao.com IT team concluded the A10 ADCs' 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 the A10 ADC.