HCI Paves New Path for Data Center Growth and Business Transformation

October 15, 2020

‘Big data is at the foundation of all the megatrends that are happening’, in the current Covid-19 pandemic situation data centers and business transformation are the two most trending topics for any organization. The pandemic has in a way created a revolution in terms of operation due to a meteoric rise in the adoption of digital transformation among businesses. This has indirectly benefited the data centers as more organizations are opting for data centers instead of localized server rooms. Amidst the paradigm shift in the manner of business being conducted worldwide currently, Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) is helping these organizations in benefitting from the modernization of application deployment and cloud service delivery in data centers as well as individual organizations. According to a report, the HCI market is poised to grow by $32.45 bn during 2020-2024. Organizations had started letting go of the legacy infrastructure and embracing the scalable and virtual combination of their infrastructure, now the process is on fastrack since with the use of HCI. Organizations can overcome the meticulous approach in conducting businesses and the data centers can substitute the hardware components with virtual traditional design.

Companies are increasingly embracing HCI to address security, productivity and other concerns. At times like these, reduced expenditure and increased profits are what the companies look for and HCI helps them in achieving this goal. Traditional three-tier architecture is expensive to build, complex to operate and difficult to scale and adopting HCI will help in not losing control, increasing costs or compromising security. 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.” said Shibu Paul, Vice President – International Sales at Array Networks.

Array’s application delivery controllers (ADC) can be hosted on the HCI infrastructure to provide application availability (load balancing) and secure access (SSL VPN) that will deliver end-to-end solutions for scaling and optimizing critical enterprise applications. On the other hand, it can also be deployed as stand-alone physical ADC and SSL VPN appliances validated to work in conjunction with HCI for use cases where a higher degree of scalability, performance and SSL offloading may be required. The use of the integrated virtual infrastructure eliminates the cost and time necessary for procuring hardware and they have also greatly reduced the labor required when setting up servers. Acquiring an integrated infrastructure also solves the problem of unifying server management standards. The scope of device control, the frequency of anti-virus software updates, the decision of whether to assign domains or workgroups for each project and other items that are different at each center will all be common. Anticipating the sudden surge in data transfers, data centers will need to consider upgrading to the latest, high-capacity network servers while following due diligence concerning data privacy and security.

HCI offers consumer-inspired user experience making management of virtual machines simple. The known reasons for HCI gaining popularity are simplified design, cloud integration, reduced footprint, faster disaster recovery and hyperconvergence analysis. On the other hand, next-generation HCI or HCI 2.0 has entered the market where it introduces the concept of disaggregated hardware where instead of integrating compute, network and storage resources at the node level, vendors offer storage modules that scale data capacity independently of other resources. HCI use cases will continue expanding as companies set a course to the software-defined data center, private and hybrid clouds and the edge. Breaking down silos and easing operations, HCI puts IT in a better position to support business objectives as the pace of innovation and change accelerates.

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About Array Networks

Array Networks solves performance and complexity challenges for businesses moving toward virtualized networking, security and application delivery. Array addresses the growing market demand for network functions virtualization (NFV), cloud computing, and software-centric networking. Proven at more than 5,000 worldwide customer deployments, Array is recognized by leading analysts, enterprises, service providers and partners for pioneering next-generation technology that delivers agility at scale. Visit: www.array-networks.co.in to know about Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), cloud computing, and software-centric networking.


Array Networks is recognized as the Top Three ADC Players in India, Reports IDC

September 29, 2020

Bengaluru, India – Sept 29, 2020

Array Networks today announced that it has secured third position in the application delivery controller (ADC) market as per IDC Ethernet Switch Tracker for Q2 2020. The Covid-19 pandemic disrupted the world sending markets into an unforeseen turbulence when compared to the situation during Q1 2020. Despite these factors Array Networks has emerged as one of the leaders in the Indian ADC Market with its market share at 17.7%.

Array Networks has constantly maintained its position in the top three slots of the Indian ADC Market. The second quarter saw a huge change in dynamics where application delivery controller (ADC) took a back seat and focus was mainly placed on the security solutions and products to help organizations with remote working conditions. Despite this radical shift in the ADC market Array Networks has turned the disadvantage into an advantage and pushed in achieving the third position. This ranking by IDC is reinforcing the trust our customers have on our ADC products which are secure, scalable, agile, flexible and high performing,” said Shibu Paul, Vice PresidentInternational Sales at Array Networks.

Array’s ADC network infrastructure is not only affordable, but the consolidation of load balancing and server offloading capabilities make them more cost-effective and efficient. Array’s APV Series solutions are enterprise-class application delivery controllers with the proven ability to load balance, accelerate, secure and optimize enterprise applications and servers. The APV Series is available as physical/dedicated appliances and as virtual vAPV appliances. Array’s ADCs are designed to meet or exceed technical requirements while remaining simple to manage, scalable to accommodate future growth, and cost effective for almost any business or other organization. APV Series application delivery controllers can provide link load balancing, which helps ensure availability across multiple WAN connections.

This year, Array had broached the subject of the ‘Make In India’ initiative where they would be producing networking and security products in their product manufacturing unit set up in Bengaluru. The company successfully maintained its dominance in BFSI, PSU and Government sectors. With the customers ranging from universities to the biggest manufacturing powerhouses to telcos to the largest bank, the company’s India unit is presently one of the fastest-growing units.

About Array Networks

Array Networks solves performance and complexity challenges for businesses moving toward virtualized networking, security and application delivery. Array addresses the growing market demand for network functions virtualization (NFV), cloud computing, and software-centric networking. Proven at more than 5,000 worldwide customer deployments, Array is recognized by leading analysts, enterprises, service providers and partners for pioneering next-generation technology that delivers agility at scale.

Visit: www.array-networks.co.in to know about Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), cloud computing, and software-centric networking.


Array Networks Joins the ‘Make in India’ Initiative by Manufacturing Their Products Locally

August 27, 2020

BENGALURU, India – August 27, 2020 – Array Networks India Pvt. Ltd, a subsidiary of Array Networks Inc., a Network Functions Platform Company, today announced their undertaking into the production of hardware and software products reinforcing its commitment to the ‘Make in India’ initiative. Array had broached about the company’s plan to go beyond application delivery and launch its security product this year and the plan is now a reality, where the Company will be focusing on producing Networking & Security products.

Array’s operation in India is one of the top contributors to the company’s overall global growth. The large percentage of this impressive growth has come from the Government, BFSI, aviation, entertainment and education verticals. With the Government as our key customer, we believe that the customers’ confidence will increase with our commitment towards the Make in India initiative. As the government is now focused on digitization and cyber security, the network and security products produced in India will receive a major boost,” said Shibu Paul, Vice PresidentInternational Sales at Array Networks.

The product manufacturing unit has been set up in Bengaluru and is expected to generate employment in India. As the hardware products being produced are for Networking and Security, it will benefit the PSUs, state and central government agencies, and the defense sector. In the coming years, Array Networks will continue to design cutting-edge solutions for Enterprise and Government customers and join the government’s Make in India bandwagon.

India is a Key Market for Array Networks

India is one of the fastest-growing regions for Array Networks and has good growth momentum. Array has considered India to be one of the key focus markets and growth engines. With the country’s excellent talent pool for software development, R&D and support, the company is providing a huge opportunity for the local workforce through this initiative. Array has the advantage of being the first mover in this product segment that will aid in creating and delivering value to all stakeholders.

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About Array Networks

Array Networks solves performance and complexity challenges for businesses moving toward virtualized networking, security and application delivery. Array addresses the growing market demand for network functions virtualization (NFV), cloud computing, and software-centric networking. Proven at more than 5,000 worldwide customer deployments, Array is recognized by leading analysts, enterprises, service providers and partners for pioneering next-generation technology that delivers agility at scale.

Visit: www.array-networks.co.in. to know about Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), cloud computing, and software-centric networking.


Remote Working Made Safer Using Access Gateway

August 12, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many organizations to adapt to a new reality where much of the staff have to work from home. This poses significant challenges because the existing VPNs the companies had in place were not designed to handle a sudden explosion of remote workers. With infrastructure becoming expensive it’s a good opportunity to have remote access with zero trust architecture to provide a safe and secure remote working environment for employees. Many organizations that had been reluctant in moving towards remote access were found to be completely unprepared to tackle the sudden lockdown, which negatively impacted their businesses. To overcome situations like these, different business units, project groups, partners, contractors and guests require secure and different levels of remote access and often require a user experience tailored to employees unique requirements and devices. Mobile devices and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) present additional challenges in providing on-demand connections in a manner that keeps data secure in the corporate network and limits exposure. But with just remote access there also comes the vulnerability of an opportune moment for the hackers to execute cyber-attacks and gain access to sensitive data of commercial value.

The increasing global spike in the number of phishing emails from last few months is not new to anyone. These have been indicating a serious and targeted attempt to exploit the anxiety related to the pandemic. Remote access in combination with zero trust is the perfect solution to counter such threats. With Array’s Network ADC, SSL VPN and WAF solutions, organizations will be at an advantage. This combined with zero trust – a security concept centered on the belief that organizations should not automatically trust anything inside or outside its perimeters and instead must verify anything and everything trying to connect before granting access gives organizations an edge like never before.” said Shibu Paul, Vice PresidentInternational Sales at Array Networks.

Array’s secure remote access solutions provide greater levels of security, a greater range of access methods, a broader range of device support and the ability to provide differentiated, identity-based access tailored to the needs of multiple communities of interest. Besides, with Array’s secure mobile access solution, sensitive data remains protected on the enterprise network and is accessible anytime, anywhere, so BYOD becomes an advantage rather than a threat to security. Mitigating risks associated with business continuity events and realizing gains through higher employee productivity are driving increased demand for remote access. While traditional VPNs are well suited for giving remote access to employees they are not as adept at supporting office workers. Remote access can be cost-effectively scaled for as many workers as needed even from a single appliance. It’s not just employees, even third-party vendors who work remotely have the advantage of being under the protection of Array’s remote access solutions. What’s more, because data never leaves the network, security is assured.

The Covid-19 situation has led to a significant rise in phishing attacks and social engineering scams. Threat actors are using Covid-19 themes to trick users into clicking on malicious links that spread ransomware, harvest credentials and so on and to fight these threats organizations need rigid security measures. They need to keep in mind that a zero trust framework cannot be implemented without a secure tool for remote access. Zero trust has many benefits when combined with remote access. It can help organizations cut back on complexity, reduce its attack surface, and increase visibility for auditing and compliance. There are a few best practices when configuring remote access within a zero trust framework like strict authentication rules, restrict authorization and auditing. The zero trust architecture is similar to one-to-one segmentation and helps in preventing DDoS attack, server scanning, application exploits, man-in-the-middle attacks and SQL injection.

It is all the more important now to have a network security model that verifies the user for the organization at every step of the way and all the time. With the combination of remote access and zero trust, organizations find an answer to the security concerns during the pandemic times.

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About Array Networks

Array Networks solves performance and complexity challenges for businesses moving toward virtualized networking, security and application delivery. Array addresses the growing market demand for network functions virtualization (NFV), cloud computing, and software-centric networking. Proven at more than 5,000 worldwide customer deployments, Array is recognized by leading analysts, enterprises, service providers and partners for pioneering next-generation technology that delivers agility at scale. Visit: www.array-networks.co.in to know about Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), cloud computing, and software-centric networking.


How to Enhance Your Data Security Through Encryption?

August 6, 2020

The digital world may have brought the entire physical world close, virtually. One can experience a virtual butterfly effect while being a part of the digital world, where a threat actor sitting in one part of the world targets another who is miles away from him/her. Security of our data is of paramount importance. This is why, encryption – a technology of scrambling data can help so that only authorized parties can understand the information. Based on this logic in 1995 SSL encryption was introduced where SSL is an encryption-based internet security protocol developed to ensure privacy, authentication and data integrity in internet communications. It is now deployed in many consumer products. In a world in which cyber-criminals are active 24/7, trying to get their hands on as much data as possible, this level of security is an essential feature of online data exchange. But we say that encryption is a double-edged sword and this is where Array’s SSL Intercept comes into picture.

The SSL Intercept is a unique function that offers to decrypt SSL traffic for 3rd-party security appliances to perform the inspection; it then re-encrypts traffic before forwarding it to a final destination. It provides decryption of SSL/TLS traffic to allow security appliances to fully inspect the traffic without incurring the large compute load of SSL processing. Built-in SSL resources offload compute-intensive decryption, allowing security appliances to operate at their peak performance level,” said Shibu Paul, Vice PresidentInternational Sales at Array Networks.

Traditionally, network managers deploy best-of-breed, single-function security appliances to protect against attacks, intrusion and other threats. However, solutions such as WAF, NGFW, IDS/IPS and DDoS protection either lack the ability to decrypt and inspect SSL traffic as high volumes of SSL traffic can overwhelm their in-built SSL resources, robbing processing cycles and impacting performance or sometimes lack the time but SSL intercept helps in decrypting and re-encrypting the traffic. It also acts as an optional site service that protects users from sites with malicious payloads or inappropriate content and whitelisting ensuring that sensitive information to and from trusted sites is not decrypted. Besides, Array can load balance traffic across multiple 3rd-party security appliances to help assure high performance and availability of critical security mechanisms. SSL intercept function is provided by Array vAPV virtual appliances running on Array’s Network Functions Platform. The vAPV runs as a large, medium, small, entry or shared entry 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. Array APV Series appliances are also ideal for intranet applications as well as home-grown enterprise applications and services. The high-performance SSL resources process SSL traffic far more efficiently than the majority of security appliances in turn helping assure their performance. The SSL intercept offers multiple modes to accommodate different deployment environments, including L2 or L3 mode, integrated or distributed mode, forward or reverse proxy and Web-agent service.

Array’s Certified Platform Ready 3rd-party ecosystem includes technology partners whose respective products have been tested and proved compatible with AVX Series Network Functions Platforms. Deployment guides and other materials provide guided roadmaps for deploying these solutions with Array’s network functions virtualization environment. SSL intercept is also available as a stand-alone virtual appliance or a dedicated hardware appliance.

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About Array Networks

Array Networks solves performance and complexity challenges for businesses moving toward virtualized networking, security and application delivery. Array addresses the growing market demand for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), cloud computing, and software-centric networking. Proven at more than 5,000 worldwide customer deployments, Array is recognized by leading analysts, enterprises, service providers and partners for pioneering next-generation technology that delivers agility at scale. Visit: www.array-networks.co.in to know about Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), cloud computing, and software-centric networking.


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