Array Networks Business Solutions
AVX Series virtualized appliances provide the best of both worlds – the agility of cloud and virtualization with the performance of dedicated appliances.
Available as physical or virtual appliances, Array ADCs are designed to meet technical requirements while remaining simple enough for any size IT team and affordable enough for any size business.
Available in a range of purpose-built appliances or as a virtual appliance for cloud and virtualized environments - ideal for enterprises that need to support multiple communities of interest as well as service providers that need to provide remote access to globally dispersed data centers.
Array aCelera WAN optimization controllers speed data transfers and reduce application response times over wide area networks by optimizing and reducing traffic transmitted between remote offices, remote users, data centers and clouds.
Cloud Agility with Performance
Deployment models for application delivery are rapidly evolving. While demand for traditional dedicated load balancing solutions remains strong, cloud and virtualization have given rise to a more flexible range of options for assuring application availability, performance and security.
Whether you are an enterprise building a private cloud, deploying in a public cloud or moving to a hybrid cloud model, Array has you covered – likewise, if you are a software-as-a-service or infrastructure-as-a-service provider standing up cloud services.
With selective use of Array virtual appliances, dedicated multi-tenant virtualized platforms and public cloud solutions, businesses embracing cloud and virtualization can strike the right balance of agility, performance and return on investment.
Array Virtual Appliances
Orchestration & Management Integration
Array solutions can integrate with VMware, Microsoft and OpenStack as well as home-grown platforms.
Public and private clouds require more than just virtualization. Orchestration is essential to gaining the agility and management efficiency that define the cloud. With Array’s eCloud™ RESTful API, Array solutions can integrate with VMware vRealize Orchestrator, Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager and OpenStack Neutron LBaaS, as well as homegrown cloud management platforms.
Data Center Virtualization
Enterprises, increasingly, are running application delivery functions on virtualized infrastructure to gain both agility and operational efficiency. Whether used in production environments or in conjunction with physical appliances to support testing and development environments, Array virtual ADC, SSL VPN and WAN optimization bring all the capabilities of dedicated application delivery to virtualized data centers.
Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and external-facing Web applications differ from internal enterprise applications; consequently, they place different demands on application delivery controllers. To support the unique needs of SaaS providers, Array has redefined the requirements for ADCs supporting cloud software services, with a focus on physical and virtual application delivery controllers with a superior mix of scalability, adaptability, affordability and simplicity.
Hybrid cloud architectures are ideal for businesses in need of cost-effective burst capacity or a rapid means to gain a global presence. By deploying Array application delivery solutions in a private data center and connecting to Array application delivery solutions in a public cloud via a private connection, businesses can gain a single virtual network with elastic provisioning that scales costs in direct proportion to demand.
With a growing number of organizations relying on cloud infrastructure to build their business, there is an increased need for cloud load balancing as a complement to cloud servers and storage. For infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) providers, Array supports key capabilities essential to profitably offering cloud load balancing services, including a range of physical and virtual platform options, cloud orchestration integration and a pay-per-use consumption model.
Array Application Delivery for Nutanix Invisible Infrastructure
As data center architectures continue to evolve, many IT managers are turning to hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) to modernize application deployment and cloud service delivery. This emerging Web-scale architecture, as exemplified by Nutanix's Xtreme Computing Platform, dramatically reduces cost and complexity by natively converging server and storage resources into a single, software-defined appliance.
Hyperconverged infrastructure, however, does not eliminate the need for Layer-4 through Layer-7 services. IT must still assure the availability, performance and agility of Microsoft Exchange and SharePoint, Oracle, SAP, Citrix XenApp and XenServer and other business-critical applications.
Array's vAPV virtual application delivery controllers (ADC) and vxAG virtual secure access gateways (SSL VPN) are an ideal match for applications and other workloads running on hyperconverged infrastructures, providing integrated networking and security functions essential to delivering a quality user experience and realizing the full benefit of HCI in the enterprise data center.
Networking & Security Functions
Array vAPV virtual application delivery controllers (load balancing) and vxAG virtual secure access gateways (SSL VPN) can be deployed directly on Nutanix to create end-to-end, software-centric solutions. Where a higher degree of scalability, performance or SSL offloading are required, dedicated Array APV Series ADCs and AG Series SSL VPNs are certified for interoperability with Nutanix invisible infrastructure.
Array vAPV virtual application delivery controllers are available for VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V and Nutanix Acropolis KVM hypervisors. Array vxAG virtual secure access gateways are available for VMware vSphere and Nutanix Acropolis KVM, giving data center and cloud architects a range of choices for virtual and hyper-converged environments.
Enterprise Application Certification
Array application delivery solutions are certified by leading software vendors and application developers including Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, SAP, VMware and Citrix. In addition, validated deployment guides and Nutanix installation guides are available to help ensure rapid, accurate deployment of enterprise applications and virtual desktop infrastructure.
Easy to Manage and Deploy
Each Nutanix appliance contains all of the compute resources required for complete vAPV or vxAG deployment and can be up and running in less than 30 minutes – significantly reducing deployment times for business-critical applications. Multi-hypervisor support provides the flexibility to choose the right virtual infrastructure, and virtualization makes it easy to deploy and manage Array load balancing and application delivery solutions alongside virtual server workloads and VDI services with no impact on performance.
Virtual Application Delivery for Nutanix
Array application delivery solutions can be hosted directly on Nutanix infrastructure to provide application availability (load balancing) and secure access (SSL VPN). Together, Nutanix and Array deliver end-to-end solutions for scaling and optimizing critical enterprise applications.
Dedicated App Delivery for Nutanix
Array application delivery solutions can also be deployed as stand-alone physical ADC and SSL VPN appliances – validated to work in conjunction with Nutanix – for use cases where a higher degree of scalability, performance and SSL offloading may be required.
Expand Your IaaS Service Offerings
With a growing number of organizations relying on cloud infrastructure to build their business, there is an increased need for cloud load balancing as a complement to cloud servers and storage.
For infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) providers, Array supports key capabilities essential to profitably offering cloud load balancing services, including a range of physical and virtual platform options, cloud orchestration integration and a pay-per-use consumption model.
In addition, as enterprises move business-critical operations to the cloud, and the need to support SLAs becomes increasingly important, Array’s virtualized appliances provide the means to offer load balancing services with guaranteed performance in shared environments.
Array’s physical, virtual and virtualized appliances give IaaS providers flexible options for multi-tenancy, and the ability to create differentiated load balancing services to meet the needs of a broad range of customer requirements including performance, reliability, agility and cost-efficiency.
Array’s eCloud™ RESTful API integrates with the OpenStack Neutron load balancing-as-a-service (LBaaS) API, VMware vRealize Orchestration (vRO), Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager and homegrown cloud management platforms to streamline operations and facilitate agility in service provisioning.
In addition to providing enterprise and service provider-class dedicated ADCs at up to half the cost of alternative solutions, Array offers virtualized appliances with pay-as-you go capacity licensing, as well as virtual appliances with subscription licensing and revenue sharing options, designed to reduce risk and keep service provider costs aligned with customer demand.
When deploying Array AVX Series virtualized appliances for service creation, each load balancing instance is assigned dedicated CPU, SSL, memory and input/output interfaces to ensure guaranteed performance. In addition, dedicated resources are reserved for hypervisor management to eliminate virtual machine contention and enable SLAs for business-critical customers and applications.
Secure Access for Infrastructure-as-a-Service
In addition to using Array application delivery controllers to enable load balancing services, IaaS providers can use Array secure access gateways to provide SSL VPN access for customers to manage cloud services and for provider administrators to manage infrastructure running at remote points of delivery. By deploying Array solutions in a dual approach – ADCs for customer services and VPNs for administrator traffic – security for all parties is assured and the full capacity of ADC appliances is available for supporting customer workloads
Redefining ADCs for Software-as-a-Service
Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and external-facing Web applications differ from internal enterprise applications; consequently, they place different demands on application delivery controllers.
Whereas traditional enterprises look for an ADC that supports a wide cross section of applications, SaaS providers place greater value on how an ADC can benefit one application or service. Where enterprise IT may configure an application and not touch it for a year, SaaS providers need new features and continuous tuning in order to maintain a competitive edge. For enterprises with a stable user base, scalability means picking a right-sized solution; while for a SaaS provider experiencing exponential growth, scalability means selecting a solution that cost-effectively meets requirements both today and in the future.
To support the unique needs of SaaS providers, selection and development criteria for ADCs must be redefined with a focus on scalability, adaptability, affordability and simplicity.
Array's SpeedCore® architecture delivers industry-leading scalability for Layer-7 traffic management and SSL encryption from the entry-level to the high-end. Executing Layer-7 policies and SSL features in the kernel, Array ADCs ensure that advanced traffic management never impacts performance or scalability.
Array's software-centric SpeedCore architecture does not rely on custom silicon; new application delivery features are rapidly adopted and deployed with full performance via commercially available multi-processing technology. Array's eCloud™ API provides integration with the OpenStack load balancing-as-a-service (LBaaS) API and supports integration with VMware vRealize Orchestrator (vRO), Microsoft System Center and proprietary cloud operating systems.
Array ADCs are up to 50% less expensive and up to 75% more cost efficient for SSL TPS vs. alternative ADCs. Array's virtual ADCs enable subscription licensing and pay-as-you-grow pricing that aligns costs in proportion to customer demand.
Array ADCs maintain an extensive library of Layer-7 policies that may be combined and nested via simple CLI or WebUI commands to enable custom functionality, without requiring time-consuming, complex and error prone scripting.
A well-tuned app delivery architecture and a ubiquitous Internet connection usually deliver a seamless user experience for SaaS applications. However, there are always exceptions. Whether due to distance, bandwidth constraints or high-volume traffic, there may be a need to accelerate application performance. Array aCelera WAN Optimization Controllers are an ideal complement to our SaaS-oriented ADCs, giving SaaS providers the ability to deploy either physical or virtual appliances or mobile clients to cost-effectively ensure a high-performance user experience.
One-Stop Enterprise Application Delivery
Array load balancing, WAN optimization and secure access solutions deliver the performance, features and reliability essential for enterprise environments. Uniquely, Array solves enterprise application delivery challenges without the cost and complexity typically associated with enterprise-class solutions.
Enterprise application delivery is all about connecting users with applications. Today, that means any user, whether at work or on the go and any application, whether in the enterprise data center or the cloud. Providing users with a seamless experience anytime, anywhere while ensuring corporate data is protected, requires a full suite of capabilities.
Whether deployed independently for specific workloads or in conjunction as a holistic solution, Array’s portfolio of load balancing, WAN optimization and secure access solutions deliver the availability, scalability, performance, security and intelligent traffic management to securely and efficiently deliver applications to any user anywhere.
Value Without Compromise
For many customers, selecting a networking vendor is a balancing act. For each deployment, decisions are made regarding best-of-breed vs. end-to-end solutions, and compromises are often made between higher-priced solutions that over-deliver and lower-priced solutions that under-deliver.
Array products bridge the gap between features and value, bringing enterprises the features and functionality they need, without the high cost and operational overhead they don't.
Complementary Product Lines
With Array, small, medium and even large enterprises gain an ideal balance of complementary product lines that exceed enterprise requirements without the cost and complexity of alternative application delivery solutions. In addition, enterprises gain a trusted partner in the application delivery market dedicated to customer satisfaction and successful application deployment.
Performance and Simplicity
Array enterprise application delivery solutions provide an answer to both technical needs and business requirements. Where budgets must be met and where ROI must be maximized, Array gets the job done. Where robust solutions are required without the need for professional services or specialized resources, Array gives enterprises the simplest, most straightforward path to application deployment.
Improve application performance and ensure a LAN-like user experience for any user, anywhere with load balancing and WAN optimization.
SSL offload, Web application security and SSL VPN to enable access to applications and files from anywhere while protecting business data.
Ensure 99.999% uptime for applications and services for any number of users in any location with server load balancing and global server load balancing.
Meet enterprise performance and technical requirements without undue cost and complexity with one or more Array application delivery solutions.
Application Delivery for Business Continuity Planning
Business continuity planning requires that business-critical processes continue to run and users continue to experience uninterrupted access in the event of planned and unplanned circumstances. From server load balancing, link load balancing and global server load balancing, to WAN optimization for back-up and recovery, to secure remote and mobile access, application availability solutions for business continuity planning play a critical role in guarding profitability and maintaining workforce productivity.
Array business continuity planning solutions provide backup and failover for servers, WAN links and data centers to ensure applications remain up and running in the event of disruptions large or small. To ensure that applications deliver a consistent and accurate user experience from any data center, Array WAN optimization solutions facilitate rapid and frequent backup and replication of mission-critical enterprise data.
In addition, if workers are unable to get to the office, Array remote access solutions support connectivity from any device, anywhere and offer flexible licensing options that make preparing for surge usage both affordable and predictable.
Server Load Balancing
Server load balancing with application and server health checks helps maintain session and transaction persistence and ensure an uninterrupted application experience.
Link Load Balancing
ISP and link load balancing for redundant connectivity to the Internet helps maintain 24/7 availability.
Global server load balancing seamlessly fails over application traffic to alternate data centers in the event of localized disruptions.
In order to fail applications and users over to disaster recovery data centers, data must be backed up on a regular basis. WAN optimization reduces the amount of time and bandwidth required to replicate data, minimizing state differences between primary and disaster recovery data centers and accelerating restoration of business operations.
Secure Remote Access
Scalable, secure remote access with burst licensing cost-effectively supports spike usage caused by business continuity events such as extreme weather, natural disasters or pandemics.