Mitigating Threats In Enterprise Network

by Sohini Bagchi    Mar 10, 2015

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In October last year, A10 Networks, an application networking provider has formed a grand alliance including RSA, Arista, FireEye, FlowTraq, IBM Security, Ping Identity, Pulse Secure, Symantec, Vectra, Venafi, Webroot to defend companies from the cyber security threat. The San-Jose California based company, with a significant presence in India, is further looking to play a major role in the cyber-security system. In an exclusive interaction with CXOtoday, James Wong - Managing Director, South Asia at A10 Networks discusses the trends in application networking, the global security alliance and the company’s plans to strengthen its foothold worldwide.

The company is one of the leading players in the application networking space, providing a range of high-performance application networking solutions, threat protection system and carrier grade networking that help organizations ensure that their data center applications and networks remain highly available, accelerated and secure.

On the latest trends in Networking, Wong states that several enterprise trends - such as the cloud, mobility and virtual networks - are converging and making enterprise networking more complex. These changes are creating challenges that IT managers must cope with. From a security perspective, news headlines have featured a continuous parade of high-profile data breaches and website outages caused by distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.As a result, IT managers are now under pressure to ensure more robust and secure networks for their organizations.

On cloud and data centers

Wong explains that at present, a typical cloud architecture usually follows the “one size fits all” model to meet the diverse requirements of a cloud networking. As technology evolves and networking becomes more complex, networks have to become more nimble and responsive to customer needs. “A10 ADCs,with their Symmetric Scalable Multi-Core Processing (SSMP) software architecture, are designed to provide a wide range of deployment options for data centers. Our cloud service guarantees network segmentation and security policies for new work flows entering into virtual networks,” he says.

Toward this end, the A10 Networks aCloud Services Architecture enables Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud data center operators to deliver more advanced services while improving agility and reducing total cost of ownership. aCloud Services Architecture includes a portfolio of products and features that integrate with leading SDN and cloud orchestration platforms such as Cisco ACI, IBM SDN-VE, VMware NSX, OpenStack, Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM), and VMware vCloud Director.

The global Security Alliance to mitigate cyber threat

A10 Networks, has formed a grand alliance including RSA, Arista, FireEye, FlowTraq, IBM Security, Ping Identity, Pulse Secure, Symantec, Vectra, Venafi, Webroot to defend companies from the cyber security threat.

“We  partnered with leading security solution providers to construct a cross-vendor framework for data center security. We have unveiled the A10 Security Alliance, an ecosystem of leading security and networking companies that are to help mitigate threats and automate security operations,” says Wong.

The purpose of setting up the specialized data center security solutions is that it can detect and eliminate advanced threats, reduce data breach expenses, and reduce the cost of security operations. “The A10 Security Alliance enables organizations to develop an ironclad defense against cyber threats. The alliance can also helporganizations solve top security challenges with integrated and tested solutions,” he explains.

Marching ahead

The company is looking for a better quarter ahead. Its revenue for the fourth quarter was $45.2 million, compared with $42.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. Total revenue for the year 2014 was $179.5 million, an increase of 27 percent, compared with $141.7 million reported for the year 2013.

In the quarter that ended on December 30, the company launched several new products, including the ACOS 4.0 platform that has leading programmability, enhanced application support and manageability that enables important advanced features such as SSL Insight.

According to  Lee Chen, President and CEO of A10 Networks, “We remain confident in our ability to grow our business by capitalizing on our unique competitive advantages, expanding our strategic partnerships and continuing to further strengthen our technology leadership.” The company also added over  280 new customers last quarter,

Likewise, Wong is confident of the next few quarter. On the future plans of the company and roadmap, he coments, “We will continue to expand our leading application networking solutions to meet the future needs of CXOs.”