Application-Centric Management of Thunder ADCs

A10 and AppViewX Joint Solution

The AppViewX and A10 partnership gives customers a single pane of glass for managing and monitoring their ADC infrastructure. The AppViewX solutions fully integrate into the A10 Thunder ADC line of application delivery controllers, supporting Thunder ADC hardware appliances. This joint solution enables organizations to have application-centric visibility and configuration management capabilities across the ADC infrastructure.

Solution Highlights

  • Centralized device management

    The Application Delivery Automation solutions provides an inventory of all ADCs in the infrastructure, including information on how multiple services are configured. Users can perform device-level and application-level configuration backups that can be scheduled and stored in the database. These backups can be compared across devices and archives and can be restored during troubleshooting. It also provides a single window to perform software upgrades and hotfixes across the ADC infrastructure.

  • Configuration agility with change management automation

    Manual configuration management in individual controllers is risky and has no change control and validation. Errors on Thunder ADC configurations can lead to application downtime that results in a major business impact. AppViewX allows users to build cookie-cutter templates for configurations that can be provided to application teams through self-service forms. These templates are integrated with DDI systems for IP allocation and to automate DNS record creation. The Application Provisioning System (APS), a subsystem of AppViewX, is tied to external ticketing systems for change control and implementation validation. This significantly reduces manual configuration errors and provides change management automation.

  • Configuration Automation

    Manual configuration management in individual controllers is risky and has no change control and validation. Errors on ADC configurations can lead to application downtime leading to severe loss in business for companies. Allows users to build cookie cutter templates for configurations that can be self-serviced back to the application teams and can also be integrated with DNS/IPAM systems for IP allocation and automating DNS record creation.

  • Cross-team collaboration with self-service portal

    AppViewX provides a secure, role-based access control (RBAC) system, allowing organizations to define granular roles and enable access to a limited set of objects on the ADC. The authorized functions and access control checks provide security and allow the application and operations teams to self-serve for a limited set of application services functions. The RBAC module integrates with external directory service systems to offload user management and administration overload for the application.

  • Customizable dashboards to optimize operations

    Customizable dashboards provide insights into application health, status, and performance. Application and operations teams can use the dashboards to perform simple tasks, such as enabling and disabling objects during server rotation. The Platform creates a topological map of the ADC infrastructure, including mapping out global and local load balancer dependencies. Users can search for application services across the network service infrastructure, allowing them to quickly identify failures and rectify them immediately.

  • Certificate lifecycle automation

    AppViewX is a one-stop solution for management of SSL/TLS certificates and SSH keys across networks. It provides automated discovery of SSL certificates and allows the user to monitor the expiration status of certificates, and it sends alerts at configurable intervals through emails/SNMP traps. It also provides the capability to renew certificates and deploy certificates on load balancers through an efficient, workflow-based process.

  • Capacity management

    AppViewX has a big data engine that collects statistical data from all ADCs. Users can look at historical data by creating custom graphs for different device- and application-level statistics. It provides a heat map report of all ADCs in the environment, with CPU utilization, memory, connections, and bandwidth utilization details on load balancers. Various reports and graphs can be created to achieve efficient capacity planning of the infrastructure. Device-level reporting and alerting can be leveraged to monitor device performance.

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Benefits

  • Increased visibility across the application delivery infrastructure

  • Increased operational efficiency among cross-functional network teams

  • Reduced manual configuration errors across the network

  • Capacity planning and performance management through big data

  • End-to-end lifecycle management of SSL certificates

About A10 Networks

A10 Networks is a 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, California, and serves customers globally with offices worldwide. For more information, visit: www.a10networks.com.