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Organizations around the world depend on Microsoft Lync to connect, collaborate, and share information in real time. Microsoft Lync combines instant messaging, Voice over IP (VoIP), video conferencing, and other real-time data sharing capabilities together to deliver a rich, enterprise-ready unified communications platform.
If Lync customers deploy multiple Lync servers or a "pool," they need to distribute traffic loads to those servers. Load balancing is not just a best practice, it's a requirement. Microsoft advises customers to provision either hardware load balancing or DNS load balancing. If load balancing is required, IT managers can deploy Thunder Series application delivery controllers (ADCs) from A10 Networks to ensure world-class performance, applications availability, and resiliency for Microsoft Lync.
Security threats challenge enterprise networks at every level, and Lync applications are not immune. Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks are a particular danger for Lync installments. Thunder ADC acts as a reverse proxy between clients and Lync front-end servers, ensuring that all connections to servers are initiated from Thunder ADC. In this process, Thunder ADC eliminates potentially crippling DDoS attacks and other network-level threats.