Less than one-year since acquiring Nortel’s Alteon assets, Radware expands product offering to align datacenter application infrastructure with business requirements
Radware (NASDAQ: RDWR), the leading provider of integrated application delivery solutions for business-smart networking, today announced the expansion of its Alteon® Application Switch product line with two new OnDemand® switches®, the Alteon 4408 and Alteon 4416. The Alteon 4-series is available less than one-year after Radware acquired Nortel’s layer 4-7 application switching business, and rounds-out the product suite together with the recently introduced Alteon 5412, which now offers complete application delivery throughput coverage up to 20 Gbps.
According to market analysis from IDC1, a leading provider of global IT research and advice, Layer 4–7 switches that can provide good visibility into application use on the network and enable a ‘pay-as-you-grow’ IT philosophy will be integral in creating the next-generation datacenter. This is fueled by a need to evolve datacenter network architecture that can fluidly adapt to real-time business demands; allowing organizations to fully leverage the benefits of hosted datacenters, cloud services, and a global workforce.
With a focus on business-IT alignment in the datacenter, Radware’s Alteon 4-series provides the required application insight to efficiently scale both service and throughput levels based on business demand. The Alteon 4-series, built on Radware’s on demand infrastructure approach, enables Alteon customers to start with a certain bandwidth and application services to meet current operational needs, and then increase capacity and capabilities on a ‘pay-as-you-grow’ model – without replacing or rebooting supporting hardware – whilst maintaining high performance levels in layers 4-7. Leveraging simple, easy-to-deploy software license upgrades, coupled with Radware’s five-year platform longevity guarantee, Alteon customers gain a ‘future-proofed’ datacenter solution that successfully meets application needs across Layers 4-7, ensures transaction completion with maximum performance, and minimizes capacity planning risks.
“The network is on a course to deliver a broad base of services to the datacenter and application networking is at the heart of driving the datacenter to be more responsive, in real-time, to business needs,” said Lucinda Borovick, Research Vice President for IDC’s Datacenter Networks service. “Radware’s expanded Alteon suite will be a strategic resource for Alteon customers’ datacenters, as these products enable the network to provide business value to the organization by standing between mission-critical applications and the global network of end-users.”
“We had very high expectations from Radware concerning the launch of their new Alteon platforms, and Radware delivered with the launch of the Alteon 5412 last quarter,” stated CY Hwang, Managing Director Openbase, a leading systems integrator in Korea. “The Alteon 5-series has already been deployed and tested by several of our customers, who have told us they are very happy especially with the technical innovation, support stability and high performance levels. Based on this feedback, we believe that the new Alteon 4-series will also attain great heights.”
“There is a clear pent up demand amongst many of our long time customers that use Alteon technology; they need greater capacities, advanced features and first rate support,” said Bart Graf, Principal of Integration Partners Corporation, a leading US secure networking solutions provider. “Radware has addressed these needs by re-energizing the Alteon product line – further enhancing the platforms with leading Radware technologies. With the launch of the Alteon 5412 and now the 4 Series platforms, Radware is helping us provide our customers with the products, support and innovation they need to build their businesses.”
Radware acquired the Alteon line on March 31, 2009, and made a commitment to advance the product portfolio to protect customers’ application switching investments. Today’s Alteon 4-series launch comes on the heels of the Alteon 5412 high-end solution introduction; representing a critical proof point in Radware’s year of investment in research, development and engineering support and plans to continue to invest and further evolve the Alteon product line.
“Enterprises will increase their investments in datacenter technologies as a way to improve business agility – especially as cloud services, IT-communications convergence and the software-services industries have a transformative effect on the network, while data center consolidation, virtualization and similar initiatives support the need for cost cutting and productivity enhancement,” said Ilan Kinreich, Chief Operating Officer, Radware. “The Alteon 4-series is a core component of both the current and next-generation datacenter; strategically aligning business-IT investments through real-time awareness, increased speed, performance, and compliance of mission-critical applications.”
Alteon 4408 and 4416 Specifications
Similar to other Alteon application switch models, the 4-series combines the unique Alteon Virtual Matrix Architecture (VMA) technology with Radware’s industry-recognized hardware platforms, resulting in performance leadership for optimal Quality of Experience. The switches are designed and built as specialized high-performance Layer 4-7 application delivery switches with backward compatibility. Extending throughput capacity by up to 4 Gbps, the Alteon 4408 and 4416 deliver breakthrough performance including 215K Layer 4 and 135K Layer 7 Transactions per Second and the fastest response time.
They enable the broadest range of performance traffic management and control services with six-Gigabit Ethernet (GE) and two small form-factor pluggable (SFP) ports on the Alteon 4408, and twelve GE, four SFP ports and dual, out-of-band management ports on the Alteon 4416. Both switches also offer a serial management port and a USB port for simplified software upgrades and recovery as well as redundant power supply configurations.
The Company is offering attractive trade-in credits and a seamless upgrade path to current Alteon customers interested in the Alteon 4-series application switch. For more information on Radware’s trade-in program, please contact your nearest Radware office.
“Alteon is Back”: The Battle Continues
Radware continues its “Alteon is Back” campaign (http://www.alteonisback.com/) with not only the second installment of its super hero saga combating his evil network archenemies (Episode 2: Alteon - Power Play), additional wallpapers, screen savers and other extras such as ringtones but also a contest, which runs from March 15th thru March19 th, 2010. Participants will be required to find a hidden reference each day with one prize awarded per day. Information pertaining to contest rules, eligibility, daily clues and prizes can be found on www.alteonisback.com/community and or on Radware’s Twitter page (www.twitter.com/radware).
Radware (NASDAQ:RDWR), the global leader in integrated application delivery solutions, assures the full availability, maximum performance, and complete security of business-critical applications for nearly 10,000 enterprises and carriers worldwide. With APSolute®, Radware’s comprehensive and award-winning suite of application delivery and network security products, companies in every industry can drive business productivity, improve profitability, and reduce IT operating and infrastructure costs by making their networks “business smart”. For more information, please visit www.radware.com.
1IDC, “Worldwide Datacenter Layer 4-7 Switch 2010-2014 Forecast”, Doc #221590, January, 2010.
This press release may contain forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, general business conditions in the Application Switching or Network Security industry, changes in demand for Application Switching or Network Security products, the timing and amount or cancellation of orders and other risks detailed from time to time in Radware's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Radware's Form 20-F.