New Array Networks NFV OS Takes Aim at Performance, Usability and Affordability

August 2, 2017

Version 2.5 for AVX Series Network Functions Platforms introduces vSwitch enhancements, a redesigned WebUI and pay-as-you-go license packs

MILPITAS, CA / BENGALURU, India – August 2, 2017 – Array Networks, the network functions platform company, today announces the immediate availability of its new Version 2.5 operating system for AVX Series Network Functions Platforms. The AVX Series is a line of virtualized hardware appliances purpose-built to run networking and security virtual appliances (VAs) and virtual network functions (VNFs) while at the same time addressing the most pressing challenges to enterprise NFV adoption.

Version 2.5 for AVX Series Network Functions Platforms is a direct response to market feedback from customers – indicating strong product satisfaction and a desire for continued development in the areas of performance, usability and affordability. Key advancements include:

  • vSwitch Enhancement – Support for spanning tree protocol (STP), VLAN, multi-queue and port mirroring, as well as support for a unique and fixed MAC address for each virtual port. Multi-queue support allows network performance to scale as the number of vCPUs increases, while port mirroring enables traffic monitoring and inspection by third-party network functions.
  • Redesigned WebUI – Version 2.5 includes newly redesigned, sleek and user-friendly WebUI that supports service topology view with WYSIWYG editing and topology-based management. Version 2.5 also includes advanced VA management and monitoring functions including Web VNC console, VA status monitoring and management and detection of connection status between network functions.
  • Pay-As-You-Go License Packs – Available for Array virtual appliances such as the vAPV virtual ADC and vxAG virtual SSL VPN, pay-as-you-go license packs enable incremental purchase of network functions in multiples of four. License packs allow network functions to be purchased in direct proportion to business demand and streamline the provisioning of multiple Array functions.

We are very excited to announce our first set of Network Functions Platform enhancements based on real-world production deployments,” said James Kwon, Array’s Senior Director of Product Management for Network Functions Platforms. “With Version 2.5, we are keeping with our strategy to systematically knock down inhibitors to enterprise and service provider NFV adoption. With these new features, Array’s customers are seeing significant performance improvements, as well as OPEX and CAPEX benefits for a wide range of NFV use cases.”

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About Array Networks

Array Networks, the network functions platform company, develops purpose-built systems for deploying virtual app delivery, networking and security functions with guaranteed performance. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Array is poised to capitalize on explosive growth in the areas of virtualization, cloud and software-centric computing. Proven at over 5000 worldwide customer deployments, Array is recognized by leading analysts, enterprises, service providers and partners for next-generation technology that delivers agility at scale. To learn more, visit: www.arraynetworks.com.


Array Networks Achieves Industry-Leading ECC Performance with New Line of AppVelocity-E Application Delivery Controllers

July 12, 2017

ADCs deliver outright performance superiority for the latest-generation SSL encryption standard

MILPITAS, CA / BENGALURU, India – July 12, 2017 – Array Networks Inc., the network functions platform company, announced today the immediate availability of AppVelocity-E for Array APV Series Application Delivery Controllers. Purpose-built for offloading the latest-generation SSL encryption standard, AppVelocity-E raises the bar for high-performance ECC secure transaction processing. Transactions per second (TPS) and throughput for ECC and RSA cyphers are unmatched, as is price-performance as compared to other ADCs on the market. APV Series Application Delivery Controllers with support for AppVelocity-E include:

  • APV2600v5 – 14K ECC SSL TPS and 9Gbps ECC SSL throughput. A full-featured application delivery controller for small to medium-sized businesses with a list price beginning at $19,545.
  • APV3600v5 – 29K ECC SSL TPS and 23Gbps ECC SSL throughput. A full-featured application delivery controller for medium-sized organizations with a list price beginning at $49,995.
  • APV7600 – 38K ECC SSL TPS and 33Gbps ECC SSL throughput. A full-featured application delivery controller for large-sized organizations with a list price beginning at $89,995.
  • APV11600 – 75K ECC SSL TPS and 80Gbps ECC SSL throughput. A full-featured application delivery controller for large enterprises with a list price beginning at $129,995.

Industry-Leading Performance for ECC SSL Offloading
As compared to more traditional RSA SSL encryption, ECC delivers a greater degree of security in a much more efficient manner. For instance, ECC encryption using 256-bit keys is stronger than RSA encryption using 2048-bit keys. As a result, customers achieve higher-level security without a corresponding increase in CapEx. In addition, OpEx savings are achieved by reducing communications channel overhead and power requirements for cryptographic processing.

Compared to ADCs from competing vendors, AppVelocity-E provides a price-performance ratio that delivers twice the ECC performance for a given price point, or equivalent ECC performance at half the price – driving significant ROI for ensuring high availability and security for business-critical applications.

As a pioneer in the application delivery space, we are excited to further raise the bar with our new AppVelocity-E product offering,” said Paul Andersen, Senior Director of Marketing at Array Networks. “With support for high-performance ECC, Array continues to set the standard for secure application delivery, while at the same time giving customers a superior combination of price performance and outright performance.”

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About Array Networks

Array Networks, the network functions platform company, develops purpose-built systems for deploying virtual app delivery, networking and security functions with guaranteed performance. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Array is poised to capitalize on explosive growth in the areas of virtualization, cloud and software-centric computing. Proven at over 5000 worldwide customer deployments, Array is recognized by leading analysts, enterprises, service providers and partners for next-generation technology that delivers agility at scale. To learn more, visit: https://www.arraynetworks.com.


Array Networks Unveils New Network Functions Platform for Deploying Virtualized App Delivery and Security Functions with Guaranteed Performance

May 16, 2017

Purpose-built systems and third-party ecosystem allow enterprises and service providers to reconcile the desire for agility with the need for performance

LAS VEGAS, NV / BENGALURU – May 16, 2017 – Array Networks Inc., the network functions platform company, today announces the immediate availability of its new AVX Series Network Functions Platform at Interop ITX. The AVX Series is a line of purpose-built, virtualized hardware systems designed for multi-tenancy and engineered to host multiple Array and third-party virtual application delivery, networking and security functions while maintaining guaranteed performance.

As data centers grow in complexity and expectations, networking and security professionals are looking for ways to gain agility through software-centric approaches; however, many still rely on hardware to meet the requirements of business-critical operations.

Array’s Network Functions Platform eliminates this trade-off, combining the best attributes of dedicated hardware, virtualization and software-centric computing to create an environment that provides guaranteed performance for networking and security virtual appliances.

Enterprises and service providers can transition to an agile approach without sacrificing the performance needed for business-critical applications. Racks of legacy gear can be consolidated to reduce space, power and cooling costs. Services can be provisioned on demand with guaranteed SLAs and security need not compromise the user experience.

As noted by the research firm Gartner1, “NFV services significantly improve enterprise network agility; allow enterprises to rapidly deploy functionality to new locations, without large numbers of specialty appliances; support changes in bandwidth at locations, without having to replace devices; and enable deployment of new capabilities network wide, in minutes, under software control.”

The AVX Series Network Functions Platform hosts Array application delivery virtual appliances, such as load balancing and SSL VPN, as well as best-of-breed networking and security virtual appliances from third-party vendors. With Array’s virtualized hardware environment and a growing partner ecosystem, businesses can reconcile the desire for agility with the need for performance.

Organizations are moving toward software-centric technologies, but are faced with challenges in guaranteeing performance for virtual application delivery, networking and security functions,” said James Kwon, Array’s Senior Director of Product Management for Network Functions Platforms. “With our new AVX Series, network engineers can kickstart NFV projects without the need to be experts in servers, hypervisors and SR-IOV technologies.”

Available for immediate purchase, Array’s Network Functions Platform supports multiple functions, variable size virtual machines (VMs) and pay-as-you-go capacity licensing. In addition, all platforms feature Array’s unique ability to reserve hardware resources – including CPU cores, SSL cores, memory and physical interfaces – per VM to ensure guaranteed performance and agility at scale.

The AVX Series Network Functions Platform will be on demo at Array’s booth (618) at Interop ITX, which runs from May 15-19, 2017 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV.

1 Gartner, The Hype Cycle for Networking and Communications, 2016, Danellie Young, Bjarne Munch, 27 July 2016

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About Array Networks

Array Networks, the network functions platform company, develops purpose-built systems for deploying virtual app delivery, networking and security functions with guaranteed performance. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Array is poised to capitalize on explosive growth in the areas of virtualization, cloud and software-centric computing. Proven at over 5000 worldwide customer deployments, Array is recognized by leading analysts, enterprises, service providers and partners for next-generation technology that delivers agility at scale. To learn more, visit: www.arraynetworks.com.

About Interop ITX

Interop ITX is the industry’s most trusted independent Conference focused on Full Stack IT education for technology leaders. The event continues the 30 years Interop has dedicated to providing IT decision makers with a trusted environment to learn, collaborate and uncover new strategies and solutions they need to lead their teams and their businesses through constant change and disruption. Employed by a Conference-first model, Interop  ITXoffers both breadth and depth of content to a broad IT audience across core areas: Infrastructure, Security, Cloud, Data & Analytics, DevOps, and Leadership & Professional Development. For more information, visit interopitx.com. Interop ITX is organized by UBM plc. UBM is the largest pure-play B2B Events organizer in the world. Our 3,750+ people, based in more than 20 countries, serve more than 50 different sectors. Our deep knowledge and passion for these sectors allow us to create valuable experiences which enable our customers to succeed. Please visit www.ubm.com for the latest news and information about UBM.


Positive Technologies and Array Networks Join Forces to Provide Advanced VA Application Firewalls on Next-Generation Network Functions Platforms

April 10, 2017

Partnership enables hosted application delivery and machine learning-based security with guaranteed performance

Milpitas, CA / LONDON / BENGALURU – April 10, 2017 – Array Networks, Inc., the network functions platform company, today announced a partnership that will see Positive Technologies (PT) Application Firewall being run on Array’s AVX Series Network Functions Platform.

Array’s AVX Series Network Functions Platform provides guaranteed performance for networking and security services running on virtual machines. The platform is ideal for businesses that need virtualization for management flexibility, and performance for maintaining SLAs while reducing requirements for rack space and power consumption.

PT Application Firewall is a response to today’s growing application security challenge, combining true machine learning with heuristic analysis to stop more attacks than other firewalls, including zero-days, whilst also reducing management burden. It has a unique built in source code analysis capability which detects vulnerabilities and creates virtual patches for each and every web application. It is the only Visionary in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Web Application Firewalls.

By combining three core elements – Array AVX Series Network Functions Platforms, Array vAPV virtual ADCs (load balancing) and PT Application Firewall – businesses have access to a complete solution for application availability, performance and security. The integration combines the agility of cloud and virtualization, with the performance of traditional dedicated appliances.

Leveraging the AVX Series platform, Array and PT Application Firewall functions may be deployed on different size VMs, provisioned in mix-and-match configurations and managed via service chaining to create highly agile and efficient solutions.

Our partnership with Array provides a range of benefits for businesses looking for more intelligent and effective automated security against advanced application attacks,” said Mr Roy DucklesVP of Global Business Development for Positive Technologies. “Many businesses have an aversion to typical all-in-one solutions, as they are wary of performance issues when combining an application firewall and an ADC which were not originally intended to be integrated. With Array and PT Application Firewall on the AVX Series platform, this challenge is completely resolved whilst also allowing increased density, agility and performance.”

PT Application Firewall products are now available pre-installed on AVX Series Network Functions Platforms from Array and through authorized Array resellers. In addition, PT Application Firewall may be installed on AVX Series platforms using a Bring-Your-Own-License (BYOL) model, with customers purchasing platforms and software from Positive Technologies and Array Networks resellers.

The partnership with Positive Technologies is playing a fundamental role in our strategy for the AVX Series platform,” says Mr Michael Zhao, President and CEO Array Networks. “Businesses need both high availability and the highest levels of security; however, they also need superior agility, performance and cost-efficiency. By combining Positive Technologies’ Application Firewall and Array on the AVX platform, enterprises and service providers now have access to the best of all worlds.”

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About Array Networks

Array Networks, the network functions platform company, develops purpose-built systems for hosting virtual networking and security functions with guaranteed performance. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Array is backed by over 250 employees worldwide and is a profitable company with strong investors, management and revenue growth. Poised to capitalize on explosive growth in the areas of cloud, virtualization and SDN/NFV, analysts and thought leaders including Gartner, IDC and Frost & Sullivan have recognized Array Networks for its technical innovation, operational excellence and market opportunity. To learn more, visit: www.arraynetworks.com.

About Positive Technologies

Positive Technologies is a leading global provider of enterprise security solutions for vulnerability and compliance management, incident and threat analysis and application protection. Commitment to clients and research has earned Positive Technologies a reputation as one of the foremost authorities on Industrial Control Systems, Banking, Telecom, Web Applications and ERP security, supported by recognition from the analyst community. Learn more about Positive Technologies at www.ptsecurity.com/ww-en/


New Array Networks Software Guards Against Distributed Denial of Service, Provides Visibility into Encrypted Traffic and Enables Multi-Site Redundancy for Hybrid Cloud Deployments

March 22, 2017

Latest OS version adds DDoS attack protection, SSL intercept and enhanced GSLB

MILPITAS, Calif – March 22, 2017 – Array Networks Inc., a global leader in application delivery networking, announces its latest software version, a release for Array’s vAPV and APV Series application delivery controllers (ADC) with new features to guard against DDoS attacks, intercept SSL-encrypted streams to provide visibility into encrypted traffic, and support enhanced global server load balancing (GSLB) for multi-site high availability spanning both public and private clouds.

DDoS Attack Protection

2016 was the worst year on record for distributed denial of service attacks, and recent history indicates it is a pattern that will continue unabated.¹ To establish an additional front in the fight against DDoS, Array APV Series ADCs now feature integrated DDoS protection that prevents attacks at the application, session and network layers. Supporting protocols including DNS, HTTP, SSL, TCP, UDP, ICMP and IP, key capabilities include machine learning for anomaly detection and auto-configuration of threshold values, suspect client filtering and verification, alarms and attack prevention measures such as rate limiting, resetting and black listing.

With digital transformation an imperative for enterprises worldwide, IDC is seeing an increased focus on multi-cloud strategies that enable business agility and competitive advantage,” said Mr Brad Casemore, Research Director for Datacenter networking at IDC. “One consequence is that added complexity accrues to application delivery and security, the latter exacerbated by the seemingly inexorable rise of DDoS attacks. With its latest software release, Array Networks is not only helping its customers protect against the rising tide of DDoS attacks, but it’s also enabling them to manage the growth of encrypted HTTPS traffic through SSL intercept and providing enhanced global server load balancing (GSLB) for hybrid-cloud application delivery.”

SSL Intercept

Due to an increase in encrypted HTTPS traffic, inspecting data and preventing attacks poses a significant challenge for today’s security professionals. Array’s new SSL intercept capability solves this challenge by decrypting HTTPS traffic on a high-performance scalable platform, making clear text traffic available to Array or third-party security services and devices, and re-encrypting traffic in a manner that is transparent to clients and servers. With the ability to operate at Layer 2 or Layer 3 in active or passive modes, and the ability to support whitelist bypass, cache simulated server certificates and load balance security devices, Array APV Series ADCs with

integrated SSL intercept may be deployed anywhere in the network to enhance security for HTTPS encrypted traffic.

Global Server Load Balancing

With the emergence of data center architectures that span private data centers and public and private clouds, multi-site redundancy is quickly becoming a networking essential. Building on existing GSLB functionality integrated in Array APV Series ADCs, this APV version adds new enhancements designed to better facilitate hybrid cloud deployments. New features include DNS NAT, GeoIP database, multi-alive datacenter, DNSSEC and SDNS HTTPS health checks.

Network Functions Platform & Service Chaining

The new and enhanced capabilities in this latest OS version are ideal candidates for service chaining on Array’s AVX Series Network Functions Platform. The AVX Series – a purpose-built hardware platform for hosting virtual appliances and virtual network functions – allows networking and security services to operate in a highly agile shared environment without sacrificing the guaranteed performance offered by traditional appliances. By deploying Array’s vAPV virtual ADCs on the AVX Series platform, traffic flows may be routed through load balancing, SSL intercept, DDoS, WAF, GSLB and other network and security functions as needed to assure availability, security and performance for mission critical applications.

App delivery has always been about providing performance, availability and security for mission-critical applications; however, security is moving to the forefront,” said Mr Paul Andersen, Director of Marketing at Array Networks. “The new APV version enhancements build on Array’s world-class SSL stack and integrated Web firewall to provide customers with a comprehensive set of features for application-level security. More specifically, the new SSL intercept capability is an essential component of our strategy to allow customers and partners to build holistic solutions on the AVX Series platform that span both Array and third-party security functions.”

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About Array Networks

Array Networks is a global leader in application delivery networking with over 5000 worldwide customer deployments. Powered by award-winning Speed Core® software, Array solutions are recognized by leading enterprise, service provider and public sector organizations for unmatched performance and total value of ownership. Array is headquartered in Silicon Valley, is backed by over 250 employees worldwide and is a profitable company with strong investors, management and revenue growth. Poised to capitalize on explosive growth in the areas of mobile and cloud computing, analysts and thought leaders including Deloitte, Red Herring and Frost & Sullivan have recognized Array Networks for its technical innovation, operational excellence and market opportunity. To learn more, visit: www.arraynetworks.com

¹ http://www.circleid.com/posts/20170228_so_long_farewell_the_worst_ddos_attacks_of_2016/


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