Cloud Hoster Intermax Balances Server Load with A10 Networks ADCs and Manages Peak Traffic with Ease
Growing hosting and cloud computing provider for business-critical web applications selects A10 Networks solution
Amsterdam – 9 December 2014 — A10 Networks (NYSE: ATEN), a technology leader in application networking, today announced that Intermax, a growing Dutch hosting and cloud computing provider for business-critical (web) applications – serving customers in industries such as healthcare, government, media and e-commerce – has selected A10 Networks for its robust, reliable, and efficient ADC solution.
After evaluating solutions from other vendors, to better divide all incoming service requests across multiple servers and data centres, Intermax concluded that A10 Networks offers the solution that best fits their needs.
“In our opinion, A10 Networks offers the best performance/price combination, thanks to the advanced architectural design in their ACOS operating system, which is a 64-bit Advanced Core OS. Their solution is also very easy to use and maintain, which is an important benefit for us,” says Rijnier Renes (System Architect at Intermax).
Intermax created its own private cloud – and four data centres in the Netherlands – to offer their customers the highest possible 24/7 uptime and fulfil their continually changing needs. To keep up with demanding customers requirements in areas such as media and e-commerce that have high traffic and websites prone to high traffic peaks or bursts, Intermax has constantly been challenged to improve, innovate and increase its hosting service; this is challenging its network solutions. Analysis showed that the causes of risks of downtime usually were application and server issues, and not network bottlenecks. To avoid and solve these problems, Intermax implemented multiple high availability pairs of A10 ADCs. In addition to load balancing, Intermax uses the dedicated SSL Offloading functionality in the ADCs for terminating thousands of SSL connections per second, which would normally overload the web servers. Moreover, for several critical sites, they selectively use the cache to relieve always heavily loaded servers.
Although Intermax initially selected A10 Networks’ ADCs for load balancing, the company also uses A10 Networks aFleX® Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) Scripting Technology to extend application delivery functionality; for example, providing a waiting queue for new visitors (with a special landing page) to inform them that the server is busy giving services to other visitors. These kinds of service additions help customers avoid the overload of web servers for situations in which load balancing alone is not enough. Intermax can now anticipate new requirements from customers with more flexibility.
Intermax also leveraged the virtual appliance solutions from A10 to provide demonstrations, proof of concepts and security testing. A10 Networks vThunder® line of virtual appliances gives the identical feature set to the hardware A10 Networks AX™ Series and Thunder® Series offerings, providing an excellent way to evaluate new feature and policy configuration implementations prior to their actual deployment in a production environment. This helps accelerate the rollout of new services for faster time to revenue.
The A10’s non-licensing policy makes a big difference for fast growing service providers like Intermax. In addition, another benefit of the A10 ADCs is the low power consumption, which helps Intermax to meet its sustainability objectives.
“For Internet Service Providers like Intermax, A10’s comprehensive security and virtualization functionality offers the most flexible scalability available in the market. The success of our A10 solution implementation is most evident in new business opportunities, because we can now easily offer shared load balancing to customers who do not require or want to invest in their own ADCs,” adds Renes. “So the A10 solution proactively helps us to generate extra business.”
About A10 Networks
A10 Networks (NYSE: ATEN) is a technology leader in application networking, providing a range of high-performance application networking solutions that help organizations ensure that their data center applications and networks remain highly available, accelerated and secure. Founded in 2004, A10 Networks is based in San Jose, Calif., and serves customers globally with offices worldwide. For more information, visit: http://www.a10networks.com/emea/
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