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A10 Networks launches the Harmony Controller

UAE – A10 Networks has unveiled the Harmony Controller, which delivers multi-cloud and multi-service application delivery and security management.

This is a first of its kind solution in the industry that allows organizations to centrally coordinate secure application services and open-source solutions across hybrid environments. In doing so, A10 Networks has brought to life the company’s ongoing vision of harmonizing application delivery and security.

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Last July’s acquisition of Appcito was a major step toward this vision, which moved forward with the release last November of the A10 Lightning SaaS-based offering for public clouds.

“It’s a multi-cloud world. Traditionally, trying to manage applications and services across multiple clouds and data centers has been a challenge. There is no easy, cost-effective way to manage a company’s entire application portfolio from a central location, which means that applications in the cloud need to be managed separately from those in an on-premise data center. There is no single pane of glass. And that’s a gap that needs to be filled for IT organizations and the businesses they support.

The solution from A10 Networks acts as a ‘one-stop shop’ for all secure application service management needs across multiple clouds and data centers. The new developments center on the A10 Harmony application delivery and security platform, offering a multi-tenant, highly scalable controller architecture that incorporates real-time analytics at a per-app level and central management and orchestration of secure application services across hybrid environments – from physical data centers to public, private and hybrid clouds. This gives organizations visibility, performance and security across all of their on-premise and cloud applications, resulting in unrivaled agility and flexibility in how secure application services are managed today and in the future.

With A10 Harmony, companies get native multi-cloud support for elastic load balancing and web application firewall across public, private and hybrid clouds, including VMware-powered private clouds, Google Cloud Platform, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.

Advanced features

Harmony also offers advanced analytics on a per-application, per-URL and per-request basis to give you granular, centralized visibility and actionable intelligence across your entire application portfolio, including your cloud applications. With Harmony, from a single dashboard, IT managers can gain insight into application performance and proactively add scale and optimize infrastructure before there is any degradation to the end user experience. Analytics are available across customers’ entire application delivery infrastructure and available for A10 Lightning, A10 Thunder ADC and HAProxy open-source load balancers.

The A10 Harmony Controller is available in two deployment models. The first allows organizations to use it as a SaaS offering managed by A10, making it very simple, quick and cost-effective to consume. The controller is also available as a customer-managed, scalable software solution within a customer’s environment in data centers or clouds.

“A10 now offers a unique solution that bridges the traditional challenges customers have of managing multiple applications across multiple data center and cloud environments,” said A10 Networks CTO Raj Jalan. “We are giving customers the visibility, performance, and security across this on-premise and cloud spectrum that they demand.”

“As a result, our customers have agility and flexibility as their app and business needs evolve. Our expanded A10 portfolio delivers the level of agility customers need to efficiently and effectively manage secure application services, the flexibility they need to continuously meet emerging needs, and the scalability to satisfy their performance requirements.”

The A10 Harmony controller and Thunder ADC integration, HAProxy load balancer analytics, and native Google Cloud load balancing and WAF offerings will be available in Q2 2017.

Integration with other A10 services including SSL inspection, Carrier Grade NAT and converged firewall will be available starting in 2H 2017.

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