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The Agility of Virtualization. The Performance of Dedicated Appliances.

 

Enterprises and service providers are moving toward a virtual approach to network functions to gain agility and operational efficiencies. However, network functions virtualization (NFV) can be complex, and virtualized servers often fall short when running compute-intensive networking, security and app delivery functions. All of which adversely impacts adoption and the ability to maintain SLAs for business-critical customers and applications.

In addition to abstracting complexity and taking the guesswork out of NFV adoption, AVX Series Network Functions Platforms provide the best of both worlds – the agility of virtualization and the performance of dedicated appliances. Mix and match different size ADC, SSL VPN and 3rd-party networking, security and app delivery virtual appliances, and purchase capacity incrementally on a purpose-built platform that enables intuitive instantiation, service automation and guaranteed performance per virtual network function.

 

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Explore the benefits of Network Functions Platforms for application delivery; learn how to drive business agility without sacrificing performance.

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Taking the Guesswork Out of NFV

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Mastering the intricacies of hypervisor management, virtual and physical port mapping, CPU pinning, NUMA boundary settings, SR-IOV and drivers can be costly and complex. Server-centric technologies may also be unfamiliar to networking and security teams. The ArrayOS™ Resource Manager abstracts these obstacles to NVF deployment by automating VM resource allocation and network settings in a manner that guarantees the performance and functionality of hosted virtual appliances.

The platform also achieves a level of flexibility that far exceeds traditional hardware appliances. Hosted virtual appliances may be spun up on-demand via remote management and may be integrated with a cloud management system for automated provisioning. Functions can be assigned larger VMs for higher levels of performance, capacity is available on a pay-as-you-go basis and capacity can be repurposed as needed to support alternate networking and security virtual appliances.

Guaranteed Performance in a Shared Environment

Deploying compute-intensive networking, security and app delivery functions on general-purpose virtualized servers is inefficient. SSL encryption, for example, typically requires specialized hardware, and performance can drop off sharply when deployed in virtual environments. In contrast, Array Network Functions Platforms excel at SSL and other networking, security and app delivery tasks – delivering performance on par with dedicated hardware while shrinking the data center footprint by up to 16x versus standalone appliances.

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Network Functions Platforms

 

AVX3600

AVX3600

Network Functions Platform

The AVX3600 is a 1RU dual power network functions platform with 35Gbps of throughput that hosts up to eight independent vAPV, vxAG or 3rd party virtual appliance instances and supports mix-and-match, pay-as-you-grow licensing for five virtual appliance size options. Provides dedicated CPU, SSL, memory and I/O for each instance to assure guaranteed performance. Up to 16 shared-entry instances support best-effort performance for smaller workloads where density is a primary consideration.

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AVX7600

AVX7600

Network Functions Platform

The AVX7600 is a 2RU dual power network functions platform with 64Gbps of throughput that hosts up to 16 independent vAPV, vxAG or 3rd party virtual appliance instances and supports mix-and-match, pay-as-you-grow licensing for four virtual appliance size options. Provides dedicated CPU, SSL, memory and I/O for each instance to assure guaranteed performance.

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AVX10650

AVX10650

Network Functions Platform

The AVX10650 is a 2RU dual power network functions platform with 128Gbps of throughput that hosts up to 32 independent vAPV, vxAG or 3rd party virtual appliance instances and supports mix-and-match, pay-as-you-grow licensing for four virtual appliance size options. Provides dedicated CPU, SSL, memory and I/O for each instance to assure guaranteed performance.

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Array & 3rd-Party Virtual Network Functions

 

vAPV

vAPV

Virtual Application Delivery Controller (ADC)

The vAPV runs as a shared-entry, entry, small, medium or large virtual application delivery controller on Array’s AVX network functions platforms to flexibly enable on-demand, full-featured load balancing and application delivery with guaranteed performance.

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vxAG

vxAG

Virtual Secure Access Gateway (SSL VPN)

The vxAG runs as a shared-entry, entry, small, medium or large virtual secure access gateway on Array’s AVX network functions platforms to flexibly enable on-demand, full-featured remote and mobile access with guaranteed performance.

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Positive Technologies AF

PT AF

Web Application Firewall

PT Application Firewall (PT AF) is a comprehensive protection solution that uses innovative security technologies to block known and zero-day attacks on both public-facing and internal applications, including injection attacks and application-layer denial of service (DDoS). The PT Application Firewall is validated to run on Array's AVX Series Network Functions Platform.

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Fortinet FortiGate

FortiGate

Next-Generation Firewall

FortiGate provides a broad array of next-generation security and networking functions and may be deployed with complementary products to enable a simplified, end-to-end security infrastructure. The Fortinet FortiGate next-generation firewall is validated to run on Array's AVX Series Network Functions Platform.

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CloudEdge

Next-Generation Firewall

CloudEdge provides advanced security services for applications and users in any virtualized environment. It provides comprehensive security features including granular application identification and control, intrusion prevention, anti-virus, attack defense and a cloud-sandbox to keep businesses fully secure and operational. Hillstone Networks' CloudEdge next-generation firewall is validated to run on Array's AVX Series Network Functions Platform.

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3rd Party VAs

Support for 3rd Party Solutions

The AVX Series supports KVM-based 3rd-party solutions such as next-generation firewalls and Web vulnerability scanners. Advantages for administrators include guaranteed performance, reduced footprint and power, and added flexibility. View our 3rd-Party Ecosystem page to learn more.

3rd Party VAs

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MSP & CSP Services

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Business-Critical Applications

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What Clients Say

Array Networks and SoftLayer have been partners for years. Rapid deployment and the extensible nature of SpeedCore APIs were the deciding factors for standardizing on Array application delivery solutions.

Sean Charnock

VP of Business Development, SoftLayer

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