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Radware Alteon 4416

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Radware Alteon 4416 Application Switch

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Overview:

Powered by state-of-the-art, custom-designed hardware platforms, the Alteon Application Switch ensures the best user experience and fastest response time for mission-critical applications, resulting in effective, continuous business operation. The Alteon 4008 & 4416 provide up to 4Gbps of scalable throughput capacity while delivering breakthrough performance including 215K Layer 4 and 135K Layer 7 Transactions per Second (TPS).

Alteon Application Switch provides breakthrough performance, advanced application acceleration capabilities and on demand scalability needed to effectively meet contemporary network and business needs. Specifically designed for the majority of enterprises and carriers that operate in dynamic, ever-changing environments and face diverse requirements, the Alteon Application Switch provides the extendable throughput they need from 0 to 80Gbps for unparalleled scalability, business availability and performance.

Breakthrough Performance Delivering Best Quality of Experience

Powered by state-of-the-art, custom-designed hardware platforms, the Alteon Application Switch ensures the best user experience and fastest response time for your mission-critical applications, resulting in effective, continuous business operation.

The beating heart of the Alteon Application Switch is the Virtual Matrix Architecture (VMA), a one-of-a-kind technology that unleashes the power of Alteon's next-generation proprietary platforms. VMA is a fast, robust, and flexible architecture embedding multi-CPU and multi-core components, which leverages the entire system's capacity while providing the parallel performance of distributed processing resulting in linear layer 4-7 scalability.

Integrated Application Acceleration Capabilities

Alteon Application Switch delivers a wide set of application acceleration capabilities including SSL offloading, web compression, caching, HTTP multiplexing and TCP optimization. These capabilities are designed to offload servers, address server performance issues, enhance response-time for best Quality of Experience (QoE) and mitigate security risks. By offloading processor intensive operations from servers, Alteon frees the servers' CPUs to handle additional requests, eliminating the need to buy additional hardware in order to support application processing requirements and reducing CAPEX and OPEX.

The Alteon Application Switch is validated and certified by leading application vendors such as Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, IBM. When operating Alteon Application Switch with Microsoft SharePoint for example, the response time of SharePoint servers is accelerated by 350% and the servers' CPU load is reduced by 40%. Similar benefits are achieved with other popular applications.

Application acceleration capabilities have greater importance in virtual data centers where applications suffer from increased latency caused by virtualization infrastructure. Alteon reduces applications latency and improves QoE of virtual applications.

Intelligently Embedding Radware's 'OnDemand' Infrastructure Approach

By embracing Radware's "Pay-as-you-Grow" approach, you only pay for the exact capacity currently required and prevent over-spending on the initial solution. Throughput capacity, acceleration capabilities and application-aware services can be added on demand to meet new business requirements - with no forklift upgrade of the device and without restarting it.

The "Pay-as-you-Grow" approach enables you to overcome capacity planning challenges and reduces the risk associated with data center growth for best investment protection. Thanks to platform standardization and simplicity, there are two platforms to cover all application needs resulting in fewer spare parts, and less training and operations, to dramatically reduce OPEX.

Same Alteon OS

Alteon Application Switch utilizes the same Alteon OS. This means there are no learning curves — related to operations scripts, CLI, integration to environment, network topology considerations — so that you can immediately enjoy the same renowned ease of operation and stability, while obtaining new benefits.

5-Year Longevity Guarantee Coupled with World-Class Support

Radware exclusively provides Alteon customers with a 5-year platform longevity guarantee. This enables extending the Application Delivery project lifetime, which directly translates into reduced TCO and higher ROI.

Additional Benefits

Carrier-Grade Reliability
Alteon Application Switch Series 4-5 deliver carrier-grade reliability required by the most demanding carrier application environments. It features reliable, custom-made hardware coupled with embedded components providing high MTBF and dual AC/DC power supply configurations. It is NEBS ready, complies with the strictest regulations, and is certified by the most up-todate hardware and networking standards.

Guaranteed Availability & Secured Management
Alteon Application Switch Series 4-5 provide continuous guaranteed availability of remote management even under extreme utilization conditions. As the two redundant management ports use a separate, out-of-band management data path, the management traffic is not affected by the data traffic. For enhanced security, the management ports are isolated from the traffic ports. Moreover, the management ports can work in redundant mode for high availability1.

Enhanced Configuration
The Alteon Series 4-5 front-panel USB port allows for easy installation, recovery and upgrade of the software as well as configuration back-up for enhanced management. It also features a convenient LCD Panel for display of key performance statistics2.

1 Available in 4416 & 5412, and can be configured in the 4408 via software configuration
2 Available in 4416 & 5412

Features and Benefits:

Availability
Smart Health Monitoring and Failure Detection
  • Quickly identifies failures at any point along the application or transaction path and reacts proactively
  • Hundreds of pre-defined health checks are instantly accessible (after installation), ensuring quick server/application availability and lowering total cost of ownership
Stateful Persistency
  • Prevents application session disruptions
  • Ensures transaction completion
Device Redundancy: Either Active-active or Active-passive
  • Prevents the introduction of a single point of failure
  • Seamless device redundancy with VRRP support
  • Protects hardware investment and lowers total cost of ownership
Real-time Traffic Redirection
  • Automatically redirects traffic to best available instances, servers and farms in the data center or between redundant sites for optimal user experience
  • Optimizes the use of existing applications and server resources and cost effectively scales resources, fully protecting server investment
  • IPv6 network support
Global Load Balancing
  • Guarantees transaction completion and fast response times across multiple data centers to support business continuity and disaster recovery plans
Performance Acceleration
Boosts Application Response Speeds by Up to 500%
  • Accelerates delivery of SSL-based transactions
  • Reduces latencies of transmission control protocol (TCP) and "chatty" HTTP
  • Improves transaction speeds and bandwidth consumption to provide immediate return on investment
  • Improves response times by fetching static and dynamic content from local cache (rather than server) through optimal caching time calculation, object versioning mechanism and browser cache optimization
Accelerates Content Delivery 
  • Eliminates Web application latencies across the WAN
  • Automatically detects and employs pre-configured compression to align content size with end-user device capabilities (e.g., access speed, display resolution, etc.), accelerate content delivery for any user type (e.g., PDA, Smart-phone, broadband) and reduce image size by up to 1000%
  • Enables faster downloads and shorter response time through Web compression (average file compression ratio is 4 to 5 times [20%- 25%] of its original size)
Offloads CPU Intensive Tasks from Servers and Optimizes Use of IT Infrastructure 
  • Offloads high-throughput secure socket layer (SSL) encryption from servers while ensuring continuous SSL service availability and transaction completion
  • Consolidates or reduces server utilization and operation costs up to 40%
  • Improves response times by fetching static and dynamic content from local cache (rather than server) through optimal caching time calculation, object versioning mechanism and browser cache optimization
  • Reduces server workload by multiplexing TCP connections
Maximizes Bandwidth Usage 
  • 80% savings in bandwidth costs (in proportion to the compression ratio)
  • Fully compatible with all commercial browsers; no client-side software or hardware required
  • Supports all commercial Web servers
Variety of Bandwidth Management and Traffic-shaping Capabilities
  • Aligns bandwidth usage to meet business objectives
  • Provides administrators with the necessary tools to streamline enforcement of bandwidth management policies
  • Guarantees bandwidth allocation for latency-sensitive and mission-critical applications, as well as premium users, through the use of QoS algorithms
Security
ADoS Based Signature Technology
  • Real-time network attack prevention protecting application infrastructure against network & application downtime, application vulnerability exploitation, Malware spread, information theft and more
  • Protects against known and emerging network attacks
Application Delivery
Breakthrough Performance
  • Application delivery performance leadership at all throughput levels
  • State-of-the-art hardware architecture
On-demand Throughput and Service Scalability
  • Scalable, on-demand throughput to meet business growth
  • Easily add application services to meet new or changing application and infrastructure requirements
  • Ready-made for advanced application-aware services without compromising performance (e.g. Application Performance Monitoring, Bandwidth Management, Intrusion Prevention, Denial of Service protection)
Best Investment Protection
  • Eliminates forklift upgrades – project costs associated with testing, staging, reinstalling and debugging are removed
  • Hassle-free upgrade – configuration changes are not required during upgrade, resulting in no downtime
  • Extends product life – use of same platform significantly lowers total cost of ownership (TCO)
Operations Simplicity
  • Improved manageability and easy maintenance
  • Standard, unified platform at all throughput levels – reduces operations and training overhead, configuration diversity and need for spare units
  • Enables visibility across the entire network via the management dashboard which continuously monitors and displays application delivery services and system status, detects network and application faults as well as showcases statistics and trends

Technical Specifications:

Alteon 4416

  • High performance application delivery appliance up to 4 Gbps
  • On-demand throughput scalability: 1, 2 & 4 Gbps throughput licenses
  • On-demand service scalability
  • 12 Gigabit Ethernet ports (copper) + 4 Gigabit fiber ports (SFP-GBIC Mini)
  • RJ45 serial connection
  • USB interface for software installation and recovery
  • LCD panel displaying key statistics
  • Suitable for small, medium and large datacenter
  • Provides SSL acceleration, compression, and caching
Alteon 4416 Specifications
Available Throughput Licenses 1 Gbps, 2 Gbps and 4 Gbps scalable throughput licenses
ADC-VX specialized ADC Hypervisor running virtual ADC instances No, one instance
Layer 4 connections per second 252,000 CPS
Layer 7 requests per second 222,000 RPS
SSL connections per second, 2K keys (Std/XL/Extreme) 400 / 4400 CPS
SSL throughput, 2K keys (Std/XL/Extreme) 1.1 / 2.8 Gbps
Compression 100 / 500 Mbps scalable up to 2 Gbps
Routing Protocols OSPF, RIP, RIP II, BGP
Processor AMD Shanghai quad-core
Memory 4GB up to 12GB
Traffic Ports 4 x 1GbE SFP
12 x 1GbE RJ45
Pluggable Optics Operating Distance SFP pluggable modules:
  • Short reach SFP, 1000BASE-SX
  • Short reach SFP, 1000BASE-LX
  • Long reach SFP, 1000BASE-ZX
  • Pluggable Copper, 1000BASE-T
LCD Screen Yes
USB Port Yes
RS-232C Console DB-9 serial connection Female DCE interface
Power Auto-range supply:
AC: 100-240V, 47-63 Hz
DC: -36~-72V
Power consumption: 304 W
Dual power supply (AC/DC) is optional
Heat dissipation 1037 BTU/h
Dimensions Width: 432 mm (17 in)
Depth: 609 mm (24 in)
Height: Single PS: 44 mm (1.7 in / 1U), Dual PS: 88 mm (3.4 in / 2U)
EIA Rack or Standalone: 482 mm (19 in)
Weight (Std/XL/Extreme) Single power supply: 9.1 kg (20 lbs) / 9.6 kg (21.1 lbs)
Dual power supply: 10.66 kg (23.5 lbs) / 11.16 kg (24.6 lbs)
Environmental Operating temperature: 0-40 °C (32-104 °F)
Humidity: 5% to 95% non-condensing
Certifications Safety: CE LVD( EN 60950-1), CB - IEC 60950-1, CCC, cTUVus
EMC: CE EMC (EU directive 2004/108/EC), FCC Part 15B Class A, ICES-003, VCCI, C-Tick
RoHS Compliant (EU directive 2011/65/EC)

Hosting and Cloud ADC Services Solution:

Radware's Application Delivery Controller (ADC) Technology enables cloud and hosting businesses to offer scale-out, high-availability, health-monitoring and application acceleration services to their customers.

Traditional hosting and cloud infrastructures are required to offer their customers solutions to overcome challenges associated with the offpremise hosting of business applications and the subsequent lack of control over the compute infrastructure hosting these applications. Radware's solution enables providers to offer scale-out services and highly available application hosting and additional application performance services to their customers. In addition, it offers cloud burst, cloud disaster recovery and cloud based application developing and testing services to enhance the enterprise application lifecycle options.

The Challenge

Cloud computing is quickly becoming a common option for offering cost effective hosting services, effectively making computational power available for a much greater number of use cases and applications. However, the need for highly reliable, high performance service guarantees is not going away, further more with cloud technologies organizations are looking to find a way and improve the economics of compute while retaining the level of service they have gotten used to in their internal data centers. Cloud and hosting providers are challenged to offer their customers a hybrid approach in which high assurance and high economics merge.

Application Delivery in general and load balancing in particular are fundamental components of the hosted virtual application. Effectively, the systems composition that constructs applications running in virtually hosted or cloud infrastructures must use the load balancer as an integral component of the solution. Load balancers enable scaling out of cloud applications by adding virtual machines to an application, and build high-availability into applications by continuously healthmonitoring the virtual machines and forwarding traffic only to healthy ones. That being the case, it is a basic requirement for cloud providers to offer load balancing services as part of their overall infrastructure.

For Enterprise Applications, basic load balancing is not sufficient. Enterprise applications and web applications in particular, are typically not designed out of the box to cope with today's QoE requirements. End users connect from a variety of locations globally with a variety of devices over a variety of networks. Controlling the experience resulting from the variety of application usage patterns as well as dealing with application lifecycle related changes, requires advanced application level capabilities. Some of these capabilities are application acceleration, caching of static content, application L7 policy enforcement, and security functionality. Enterprise applications are commonly built with these capabilities implemented on an ADC front ending the application.

Cloud and hosting providers are required to offer solutions that meet the capability and price requirements of business customer's at large scale with native multi-tenant support and very operationally efficient management systems. Consequently the ability to add advanced ADC functionality into existing load balancing services, potentially as a premium service offering, is valuable in creating additional revenue streams and building differentiated solutions to better fit the provider customers. Radware's Application Delivery Fabric uniquely addresses the cloud and hosting provider requirements by presenting an opportunity to increase revenues and attract more customers.

The Radware ADC Fabric Cloud and Hosting Solution

The solution enables providers to build their own basic load balancing farm supporting scale-out and high availability for hosted applications. Additionally, the solution offers a service level continuum allowing providers to move tenants from basic load balancing services on to advanced application delivery services with a variety of capabilities. At the heart of the Radware cloud and hosting application delivery solution is the ability to rollout application delivery services, based on profiles which comprehensively represent the specific capabilities and capacity provided to the end users over multi-tenant, fully isolated, purpose built hardware, ADC-VX, and over commodity off –the- shelf virtualized hardware. The solution easily integrates into OSS and BSS tools with a RESTful API and plug-ins available for leading commercial cloud platforms. This integration makes the application delivery service operations, the management of all ADC resources, and server resources available for ADC services, very straightforward and intuitive. Cloud and hosting providers can easily scale their ADC service capacity by adding additional purpose built ADC-VX systems or by allocating additional general purpose, x86 based resource pools. Through Radware's Application Delivery Service Automation Plugin, vDirect, providers are relieved from managing all application delivery resources and interface only with an abstraction layer that natively responds to cloud and datacenter service requests and workflows.

The solution is comprised of the following Radware products:

  1. Radware Alteon ADC-VX – Industry leading ADC Virtualization technology running the industry's highest number of virtual ADC instances on a single platform. The ADC-VX platform offers full resource isolation, network isolation, fault isolation and management isolation between all virtual ADC instances best suiting the multi-tenant operation in a cloud environment. ADC VX is a core resource of the Radware ADC Fabric solution.
  2. Radware Alteon VA – fully capable enterprise grade Virtual ADC Appliance running over all major hypervisor platforms such as VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, Open XEN, and RedHat KVM. The product runs the exact same firmware as the hardware versions of the Alteon ADC, providing a unified interface for management, operation and automation across the complete ADC fabric. Alteon VA is a resource in the Alteon ADC Fabric.
  3. Radware vDirect – Automating the processes related to the ADC services in the hosting and cloud infrastructure. ADC services include adding tenants using predefined application optimized templates or provider customized templates, in any deployment model onto the ADC fabric, activating services for tenants and migrating services or tenants across resources of the ADC fabric. vDirect simplifies the ongoing operations while flexibly integrating into the cloud & hosting provider management systems.

The following image illustrates the Radware ADC Fabric components in the cloud and Hosting datacenter.

The following image illustrates the Radware ADC Fabric components in the cloud and Hosting datacenter.

Service Model Deployed Product Description
Assured Application Delivery Alteon ADC-VX Due to the industry leading virtual ADC instance density of the Alteon ADC-VX platform, and in turn the economical pricing of each virtual ADC instance, ADC-VX is the ideal platform to offer cloud and hosting tenants a fully isolated high assurance ADC service which can either be provider managed or tenant managed.
Flexible Application Delivery Alteon VA For less demanding and more flexible usage environments, the Alteon VA can offer the ideal solution. It is ideally suited to offer very granular application control and configurations are fully compatible with assured application delivery services for future migration.
Shared Load Balancing Alteon ADC-VX For basic load balancing services, in which the tenant is assigned an IP address representing its application, a shared load balancing hardware appliance, running virtual IP per customer application, offers the best price performance combination. Alteon ADC-VX technology allows providers to group services flexibly and isolates service environments from one another.

According to the above service models, Radware has developed a unique business model by which more flexible pricing, billing and licensing options, offering better alignment with end user billing, is available for cloud and hosting providers. Additionally, according to the specific service offerings of the cloud and hosting provider, Radware offers joining the Cloud partner program which provides further benefits.

Features and Benefits

The key benefits of the Radware ADC Fabric Solution for Cloud and Hosting Providers are the ability to offer a very broad spectrum of load balancing and application delivery services to its customer while maintaining the ability to very specifically define the solution sets that make most sense to the specific cloud and hosting business. Such flexibility enables better addressing end user requirements, better alignment of services to the requirements and the potential to create additional revenues through offering high SLA services at a very economical price point.

Some of the solution features are listed as follows:

  • Granular, operator defined Application Delivery Service definition
  • Highly scalable Application Delivery Controller Fabric
    • T hroughput Capacity
    • T enant Support
    • N etwork Services
  • Intuitive integration and Service Automation in Cloud and Hosting Infrastructure
  • Highly Scalable, Dense multi-tenant ADC Appliances
  • Very broad hypervisor technology support to suit your cloud platform
  • Identical functionality and operations model across form factors and service delivery models

Summary

Understanding the close relationship between cloud infrastructure services and managed hosting services with regards to how they apply to enterprise customers that are considering adopting cloud services, Radware offers the most scalable high assurance multi-tenant application delivery services platform in the market. With Radware's ADC Fabric solutions, providers can offer a broad variety of load balancing and Application delivery services custom defined to address their customers' requirements. Radware's solution supports easy migration of customer service levels with a minimal operational overhead on the provider operation. By offering a variety of services, the providers can increase the revenue per customer and the commitment level of their customers.

In alignment with the hosting and cloud infrastructure markets, Radware extends special partnership programs and uses a special business model with cloud and hosting providers. Radware's cloud and hosting business model reduces risk and upfront investment by providers while enabling creation of custom and granular application delivery service profile offerings to the provider customers.

 

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