Tolly Group Testing Shows Significant Performance Improvements for WAF and NGFW Virtual Appliances Running on Array Networks AVX

April 15, 2019

New Report Reveals Performance Boosts of up to 67X for vWAF and 5.4X for 

vNGFW by Offloading Compute-Intensive SSL/TLS Traffic Processing 

to Array’s Purpose-Built Virtualization Platform

BENGALURU, India – April 15, 2019 – Array Networks Inc. today announced a new report by The Tolly Group on the testing and analysis of the performance of Web Application Firewall (WAF) and Next-Gen Firewall (NGFW) virtual appliances performing SSL/TLS decryption and re-encryption both unassisted and with the Array AVX Series Network Functions Platform and SSL offload capability. Tests showed large improvements across multiple metrics when SSL processing was offloaded to the AVX Series. This is particularly important for IT administrators concerned with application security and performance. These tests demonstrate that without some kind of SSL processing assistance, virtual security appliances cannot cope with the volume of encrypted traffic on today’s networks.

Our testing of ‘virtual’ or software-defined WAFs and next-generation firewalls clearly shows serious performance issues in dealing with pervasive SSL-based traffic,” said Kevin Tolly, founder of The Tolly Group. “Due to significant degradation of WAF, NGFW and IPS performance under real-word traffic, data center admin users must either accept poor user experience or spend significant money to buy additional equipment to scale up. Array’s AVX network functions platform provides a cost-effective solution to assure performance without sacrificing the agility of virtual appliances.”

SSL-encrypted traffic comprises more than 80 percent of all internet traffic today, and is expected to increase. In addition, it has been shown in numerous reports that bad actors are increasingly concealing malware within SSL/TLS traffic. In order to fully inspect SSL-encrypted traffic, security appliances like WAFs, next-gen firewalls, IDS/IPS and deep packet inspection must first decrypt the traffic, inspect it, and then re-encrypt before forwarding to its final destination. The newer 4096-bit SSL encryption standard is much more compute-intensive than the previous standard. In addition, as IT teams increasingly move security functions to virtual environments, SSL handling robs processing cycles from the core functions of virtual security appliances and thus impacts overall performance.

In addition to compute, memory and I/O resources, the AVX Series Network Functions Platforms include high-performance cryptography resources and provide guaranteed resources per virtual appliance,” said Milind Kulkarni, Senior Director of Product Management for Array Networks. “The Tolly Group testing clearly shows both the impact of SSL processing on WAF and next-gen firewall virtual appliances, as well as the performance benefits gained by leveraging the AVX Series’ on-board SSL processing resources.”

The testing was performed by Tolly Group personnel using market-leading WAF and NFGW products. Performance was benchmarked by processing HTTP (unsecured) traffic, then HTTPS (secured) traffic, both without utilizing the AVX Series SSL processing resources. A third set of tests was run for HTTPS traffic with the AVX Series performing SSL offloading, i.e. decrypting the traffic, passing it to the security VA for processing, then re-encrypting the payload before forwarding it on to the final destination.

With SSL offload in place, researchers found that the virtual WAF appliance’s performance improved dramatically for transactions per second, data throughput and URL response time, which is closely correlated with user experience. Similarly for the virtual NGFW appliance, there was a marked improvement across those metrics.

Download a complimentary copy of the Tolly Group report to review the complete test details and results.

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About The Tolly Group

The Tolly Group provides IT users and vendors alike with independent, objective, hands-on testing, benchmarking services and consulting designed to illuminate differences between strategic products/services and help IT buyers make informed technology decisions. For additional information, visit https://www.tolly.com.

About Array Networks

Array Networks solves performance and complexity challenges for businesses moving toward virtualized networking, security and application delivery. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, 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. To learn more, visit: www.arraynetworks.com.

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Array Networks Moves to Second Position in ADC Market in India

April 11, 2019

  • Array’s market share in ADC category has grown to 22.6% from 17.4% in 4Q2018 compared to 4Q2017
  • Array Networks moved from 3rd position to 2nd position, pulling ahead of competition*
  • India ADC market size US$ 35.7 million in CY 2018, IDC’s Quarterly Ethernet Switch tracker, Q42018

BENGALURU, India – April 11, 2019 – Array Networks Inc. today announced that it has secured second position in the application delivery controller (ADC) market in India for Q42018. Compared to 4Q2017*, Array’s market share in ADC category has grown to 22.6% from 17.4% as per IDC’s Quarterly Ethernet Switch tracker, Q42018. The significant growth predominantly comes from its latest wins and closing deals in the government and large enterprise sector.

We are very happy to see this stupendous growth in the market paving ways for Array Networks’ efforts in the Indian Market. The credit goes to our Array India team, which has been able to not only understand the customer requirements across various verticals but also deliver the implementations on time,” said Shibu Paul, Vice President – International Sales at Array Networks. “Array Networks’ continuous innovation over its products and quality-driven services will help secure newer heights in the coming years.”

In 2018, being part of India’s Smart Cities Mission has enabled Array Networks to generate over US$ 5 million revenue. Array is currently involved in various stages of implementation for over 15 smart city projects across India. Additionally, Array will be part of 20 to 25 smart city projects this year.

As per IDC’s Quarterly Ethernet Switch tracker, ADC market stood at US$ 35.7 million in CY 2018. In coming quarters, government’s push towards digitalization and investment in public infrastructure, smart city initiatives and continual investment in network infrastructure, will be the growth factors that will influence the market in India.

Array Networks is a well-known brand in the market when it comes to combining the best attributes of dedicated hardware, virtualization and software-centric computing to create an environment that provides guaranteed performance for virtual networking and security functions

  • *Source: IDC Quarterly Ethernet Switch Tracker, Q4 2018
  • Release date: March 2019

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About Array Networks

Array Networks solves performance and complexity challenges for businesses moving toward virtualized networking, security and application delivery. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, 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. To learn more, visit: www.arraynetworks.com


Array Networks Launches Monitoring and Reporting System for Transforming Application Data into Actionable Intelligence

March 20, 2019

Monitoring and Reporting System (MARS) analyzes data from Array ADCs to identify and visualize traffic patterns in real-time and improve application availability, security and performance

MILPITAS, CA / BENGALURU, India – March 19, 2019 – Array Networks Inc. today announced the release of the Monitoring and Reporting System (MARS), which provides highly granular in-depth monitoring and reporting for one or more physical or virtual Array APV Series Application Delivery Controllers (ADCs). MARS enables IT admins to ensure network uptime, application security, and a superior user experience by providing on-demand visibility into traffic patterns, potential server availability or responsiveness issues, handshake and authorization issues, and other indicators of risks to application security and server efficiency.

IT departments the world over are under increasing pressure to maximize the performance and availability of applications and servers, as well as the overall user experience, in order to support greater productivity,” said Vinod Pisharody, Chief Technology Officer at Array Networks. “Through MARS, network administrators now have a powerful tool to proactively address problematic servers and other trends, and ensure a strong security posture appropriate for their organization.”

Available in Basic or Advanced versions to fit the needs of customers running as few as a single Array ADC or as many as 32 Array ADCs, MARS provides a centralized console with graphical dashboards of user and server behaviors as well as traffic managed by Array server load balancing. Because of the unique position of the APV Series in the network – in front of data and application servers – and due to their ability to decrypt SSL traffic at near wire speed, MARS can provide unique insights that allow network administrators to quickly spot trends and trouble spots and remediate as needed to ensure performance and user experience.

MARS is available as a virtual appliance for VMware environments or for Array’s AVX Series Network Functions Platform, and offers five standard dashboards that are customizable in the Advanced version:

  • HTTP Response Codes Dashboard – Provides visualization of server performance and optimizations as well as server error codes for fast diagnosis and remediation of problem areas
  • Cache Results Dashboard – Array ADCs can cache frequently requested information and pages in memory to speed response times. The dashboard provides an overview of uncached URLs that could benefit from caching, top users and requests, and other information to help administrators better manage data caching
  • Server Delay Dashboard – Displays server response times and highlights server delays to help pinpoint bottlenecks that decrease overall performance and impact the user experience
  • SSL Traffic Dashboard – Displays SSL/TLS versions and cipher suites utilized by traffic processed by the Array ADCs, giving the administrator insights to help configure and fine tune the organization’s security posture
  • Alerts Dashboard – Graphically represents trends, priorities, problematic IP addresses and other performance issues, and allows prioritization based upon impact and severity.

MARS is available immediately through Array authorized resellers worldwide.

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About Array Networks

Array Networks solves performance and complexity challenges for businesses moving toward virtualized networking, security and application delivery. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, 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. To learn more, visit: www.arraynetworks.com.


Array Networks to Invest $20m in Research Lab, Design in India

March 12, 2019

Array Networks envisions a 40% growth in 2019, and 500% increase in manpower

NEW DELHI, India – March 12, 2019 – Array Networks Inc, today announced that it is investing $20 million in India. The investment will be largely in setting up and running Array Center for Technology Innovation (ACTI) focused on product innovation and design center, as well as augmentation of highly skilled research and technical manpower. Array Networks aims to increase its manpower by 500% by the end of 2019. Fiscal 2018 saw a promising YoY growth of 40% in the India market. The major chunk of this impressive growth came from the government, BFSI, aviation, media and education verticals. With this investment Array Networks will ‘Design in India’ by developing innovative, cutting-edge technology solutions from India for all its global requirements.

Mr Michael Zhao, President and CEO of Array Networks was in New Delhi to make these announcements at a press conference. Exhibiting confidence in the Indian market and enthusiasm for the company’s recent growth in the region, Mr Zhao said, “India is one of the fastest growing regions for Array Networks, and we are excited to see the growth momentum our India team has been able to achieve under the leadership of Shibu Paul. We are aiming to address larger and strategically important customers in the region and add to our skilled technical manpower to drive even more growth. The key to our continued success will remain in our ability to be nimble yet provide leading-edge technology solutions that truly benefit our customers.”

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Array Networks envisages a progressive growth and ROI from its <technology research center> and expects to increase its high-skilled technical workforce for the lab by 5x. The lab will help Array Networks design custom-made solutions for global customers and enable the company to launch new products in shorter timelines. Apart from the ACTI, Array Networks also intends to set up an advanced repair center for customers in the region.

With a strong recognition of current Indian market dynamics, Array Networks aims to focus the team’s expert knowledge on tapping into the right resources at the right time,” said Shibu Paul, Vice President of International Sales for Array Networks. “Our goal is to bring about a paradigm shift in terms of planning, approach and implementation of Array’s products and solutions in India and the extended region by making use of our state-of-the-art technology.”

Array is a Network Functions Platform company that combines the best attributes of dedicated hardware, virtualization and software-centric computing to create an environment that provides guaranteed performance for virtual networking and security functions.

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About Array Networks

Array Networks solves performance and complexity challenges for businesses moving toward virtualized networking, security and application delivery. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, 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. To learn more, visit: www.arraynetworks.com.


Array Networks Appoints VP of International Sales

February 20, 2019

Long-time Array regional sales director Shibu Paul is promoted, leads business development, channel, technical team and support infrastructure

MILPITAS, USA / BANGALORE, IndiaFebruary 20, 2019 – Array Networks, Inc., today announced the elevation of Shibu Paul as vice president of international sales. In his new role, he will be responsible for driving direct and channel sales efforts in key global regions. These include the India, Southeast Asia, Persian Gulf (GCC), and Australia and New Zealand regions for Array’s entire product portfolio, such as its AVX network functions platforms, application delivery controllers (ADCs), and SSL VPNs. He will also be responsible for opening new markets for Array in Africa. In addition, he is responsible for setting up end-to-end operations including a strong channel, robust technical team and solid support infrastructure for Array customers worldwide.

Mr. Paul has more than 25 years of experience in the field of digital transformation, including information technology, information security and telecom, working in a variety of roles for Sify, Ltd., British Telecom Global Services (India) and BT Americas. He was part of the team that launched India’s first IP network, first private ISP and first Certifying Authority. He joined Array in 2009 as country sales head and progressed to leadership as country manager and regional director for the APAC region.

Shibu has been instrumental in our growth and success in the region, building a solid team for our sales, marketing and support operations and delivering phenomenal growth for our business,” said Michael Zhao, President and CEO of Array Networks.We are very excited to see his efforts to develop strategy and execute on the sales plan for the region, and to expand our business into new markets in Africa.”

Over the past 10 years, we’ve built a formidable sales team that most recently delivered a 40 percent year-over-year growth rate for the India, GCC and Southeast Asia region, primarily in the government, BFSI, education, media and transportation verticals and in smart cities,” said Shibu Paul, Vice President of International Sales for Array Networks. “I am excited to take on this new role, to continue our rapid sales growth in both existing and new regions, and to continue to build out a world-class team and infrastructure to support our customers.”

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About Array Networks

Array Networks solves performance and complexity challenges for businesses moving toward virtualized networking, security and application delivery. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, 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. To learn more, visit: www.arraynetworks.com.


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