A10 Networks' Cloud vision comes to life with introduction of A10 Lightning Application Delivery Service (ADS) for Cloud applications


A10 Networks, the secure application services company, has rolled out its A10 Lightning Application Delivery Service (ADS) — a Cloud-native software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform designed to boost the delivery and security of applications and microservices across public, private and hybrid clouds.

As IT organisations embrace application-centric operations, they increasingly look for ways to establish hybrid environments that utilise traditional data centres while taking advantage of the Cloud's inherent agility and speed. A10 Lightning, a portfolio of new and forthcoming secure application services, helps with this transition. Its Application Delivery Service provides a cloud-native application delivery controller (ADC) that helps bridge traditional and Cloud application environments.

The introduction of Lightning ADS positions A10 Networks to service this growing demand for ADC functionality in the Cloud, increasing agility and reducing costs for customers who use public, private and hybrid Clouds. A10 Lightning ADS enables a holistic "ADC-as-a-service" that increases operational agility, offloads IT administrators from cumbersome tasks and reduces risk. It represents a versatile, multi-cloud ADC solution that not only serves traditional web applications but is built for containers and microservices-based architectures.

A10 Lightning's multi-Cloud management capabilities allow flexible application deployment across multiple clouds with the ability to seamlessly maintain and manage diverse workloads. A10 Lightning ADS will run natively on public Cloud environments such as Amazon Web Services - an A10 partner – and on Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform.

"The launch of A10 Lightning represents a strategic step in the company's vision to help customers with their requirements of secure application services for private, public and hybrid-Cloud based environments," said Kamal Anand, general manager, Cloud division, A10 Networks. "Organisations now have a simple, Cloud-native and cost-effective way to add traffic management and security to their modern applications, while gaining application visibility and insights.

The comprehensive secure application services platform is comprised of the following integrated components:

  • A10 Lightning Controller: An SaaS-based controller provides central management, policy configuration, and a big data repository and analytics engine
  • Lightning ADC: Lightweight and full proxy software that executes Layer 4-7 application load balancing and security policies that are managed across diverse clouds by the Lightning Controller
  • Lightning Portal: Self-service, role-based portal for managing the infrastructure and associated policies on a per-application basis
  • Lightning APIs: All capabilities are available via the RESTful interface; orchestration and configuration APIs may be used to integrate with deployment automation tools like Chef, Ansible and Jenkins

A10 Lightning ADS provides these primary benefits for customers:

  • Cloud-Native: Container and microservices-based design boosts productivity and offers ease of use through integration with DevOps processes and the ability to optimise delivery of applications and services on public, private and hybrid Clouds
  • Per-Application Analytics: Delivers a superior user experience by enabling application owners to proactively identify issues, streamline troubleshooting and effectively conduct capacity planning
  • Multi-Cloud: Allows heterogeneous workloads to be deployed and managed across multiple public, private and hybrid Clouds

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