Array tunes acceleration gear to SMBs

The APV900 offers not only load balancing features but also SSL acceleration, caching, connection multiplexing and compression

Last month Array Networks unveiled a new high-end device in its family of application delivery controllers. Now the company has turned its attention to the other end of the customer spectrum.

Last month Array Networks unveiled a new high-end device in its family of application delivery controllers. Now the company has turned its attention to the other end of the customer spectrum with a new ADC that’s geared for small and midsize businesses and small site deployments such as branch offices.

Unveiled last week, the APV900 application delivery controller is fit for SMBs and branch offices that want to boost the performance of their applications and Web sites -- and require more than simple server load balancing to do it.

The goal was to provide an affordable option for small businesses that doesn’t skimp on features, says Sunil Cherian, vice president of product marketing at Array. The APV900 offers not only load balancing features but also the full range of application delivery options, such as SSL acceleration, caching, protection from distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, connection multiplexing and compression, Cherian says.

“In the lower end of the marketplace, most of the products available have just plain load balancing. Some of them might have SSL as an option,” he says. “In the higher end of the marketplace, people have moved on from load balancing to full-fledged application delivery, which has a whole lot of other features that deliver applications faster, features like caching, compression, and connection multiplexing. The application delivery component has not really been effectively offered at the lower end of the space. That’s what we’re doing here with the APV900.”

The APV900 is targeted at small Web sites, with perhaps five to 10 servers, Cherian says. It also can be a fit for a small Web site that’s deployed for a single application, with its own dedicated server infrastructure, at a large organization.

The device can route connections past inactive or overburdened servers; reestablish connections as conditions permit; and eliminate a single point of failure with a 1+1 redundant configuration, Array says. It also can reduce the cost of application, Web and network infrastructure by using fewer resources and servers than traditional load balancers and helping customers to get more from their existing infrastructure.

At a starting price of just under $6,000, the APV900 ADC is available in three packages, each with a specific focus: AppVelocity for application acceleration, AppVelocity-S for secure application deliver, and NetVelocity for WAN link load balancing.

Array tackled the high end back in June, when it released the APV6200 application delivery controller, capable of 10Gbps throughput. Aimed at enterprise and service providers, the APV6200 series is optimized for Web 2.0 applications, multimedia services and cloud computing applications. It’s built on a new 64-bit architecture dubbed SpeedCore that enables linear scaling across multiple processors and cores.

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