The benefits and advantages of modular Alteon D-6300M ADC


In today’s ever-evolving data network and data center environments, ADCs (Application Delivery Controllers) play a pivotal role in connecting the world. As the demands on application delivery continue to change and grow, the importance of modularity in ADCs cannot be overstated.

Interestingly, despite the clear benefits of appliance modularity in modern data networks and application delivery solutions, this characteristic is lacking in available ADCs. While ADCs offer a wide variety of features such as throughput, SSL CPS or choosing ADC services, they traditionally present strict and inflexible hardware. Even Radware’s ADC product line, for instance, did not offer such hardware flexibility. However, this has changed with the introduction of the new series 6300 offering modular configurations.

With the modular NIC and SSL acceleration modules, the Alteon D-6300M represents a fresh innovative approach to ADC platforms. This feature empowers administrators to have direct control over the actual hardware configuration, marking a significant shift in ADC capabilities.

Alteon D-6300M, Modular ADC

The Alteon D-6300M is a high-performance ADC platform with modular I/O and SSL acceleration cards, with L4 licensed throughput ranging from 40G to 90G The Alteon D-6300M has 4 slots and each can accommodate the following modules:

2x25G and 4x10G fiber I/O modules

SSL acceleration module

8x1G RJ45 I/O module

This blog explores how Alteon D-6300M with its modular NIC and SSL acceleration modules is a game-changer in ADC platforms, impacting everything from installation and maintenance to scalability and cost-effectiveness.

Modularity in ADC Installation and Deployment

Conventional non-modular Application Delivery Controllers (ADCs) typically arrive with predetermined port configurations, often disregarding the specific application requirements of customers. This standardized approach can lead to both unnecessary capital expenditure (CAPEX) and potentially prolonged deployment timelines, hindering organizations from achieving optimal network efficiency and agility.

In contrast, the Alteon D-6300M, an exemplar of modular ADC design, addresses these challenges with its plug-and-play I/O and SSL accelerator modules, offering network administrators the flexibility to tailor the device precisely to their unique needs. For example, if a system administrator needs an ADC with only 4x10G ports, many ADCs offer a large number of I/O ports regardless of if the user needs them. Only with the Alteon D-6300M, system administrator can choose the exact number of 4x10G needed. The result is a transformative solution that not only reduces CAPEX and deployment time but also minimizes the risk of errors during installation, fostering the establishment of a more reliable and adaptable network infrastructure.

The Role of Modularity in ADC Maintenance

ADC maintenance is an ongoing factor of network management, and the modularity of ports plays a pivotal role in streamlining this process, thereby significantly affecting operational expenditure (OPEX).

Traditional non-modular ADCs often entail complex and time-consuming maintenance procedures. When an interface port or an SSL accelerator card encounters issues, rectifying the problem may necessitate taking the entire ADC offline for repairs or replacement. This disruptive approach can result in extended downtime, leading to potential service disruptions and heightened OPEX.

The Alteon D-6300M revolutionizes the maintenance paradigm with its modularity. For example, if there is an issue with the 4x10G module, the system administrator does not need to replace the entire D-6300M. They can simply replace the faulty module, minimizing disruptions to network operations. This ease of maintenance not only contributes to increased network availability but also significantly reduces OPEX by limiting downtime-related costs and ensuring the seamless continuation of critical network services.

Importance of Modularity in ADC Scalability

Scalability ensures the ADC can accommodate growing data loads and adapt to changing demands efficiently. Modularity is the key to achieving ADC scalability.

Traditional non-modular ADCs may struggle to keep up with the growing demands placed on modern networks. When network traffic increases or new services are introduced, organizations often face the costly and disruptive process of replacing existing hardware with higher-capacity devices.

The Alteon D-6300M with the modular I/O and SSL modules eliminates these challenges. When additional connections and capacity are required, organizations can easily add I/O or SSL acceleration modules or upgrade existing ones to meet the new demands performances. For example, if the user has Alteon D-6300M with 4x10G ports and now there is a need for more ports. He can simply add another module of 4x10G or 2x25G and meet the new requirements without the need to replace the platform. This scalability ensures that network resources are optimally utilized, and organizations can scale their infrastructure in a gradual and cost-effective manner.

ADC Modularity for Product Flexibility

In the dynamic and ever-evolving landscape of modern network environments, flexibility is paramount. Traditional non-modular ADCs, often ensnared in rigid configurations, struggle to adapt to shifting network conditions and evolving business needs. In such cases, adapting to changing network conditions typically necessitates complex and costly ADC platform replacements, which can restrain an organization’s ability to respond effectively and efficiently.

The Alteon D-6300M, with its modular design, enables replacement of I/O modules as needed. When new interface requirements emerge or when the need arises to integrate additional SSL functionalities, organizations can seamlessly integrate the requisite I/O or SSL acceleration modules into their existing infrastructure. For example, it is easy for a system administrator to replace 2 modules with 4x10G ports with 2 other modules of 4x25G ports and thus support the new needs. This level of customization ensures that the network operates optimally in terms of performance and efficiency, leading to improved user experiences and operational excellence. Whether reconfiguring the device to accommodate new applications, adjusting capacity to meet varying demands, or integrating emerging technologies, the Alteon D-6300M empowers network administrators to navigate the ever-changing landscape of network requirements with agility and precision.


In conclusion, the importance of modularity in ADCs cannot be overstated. From installation and deployment, to maintenance, scalability, and flexibility, the modularity of Alteon D-6300M modular platform offers numerous benefits that are essential in the modern network and data server landscape. Radware’s Alteon D-6300M, with its modular NIC and SSL acceleration modules, simplifies ADC deployment, reduces downtime, enhances scalability, and leads to significant cost savings in both CAPEX and OPEX.

To learn more about how Radware can help your organization, reach out to us at Radware Alteon solution information.

Avi Katz

Avi Katz is a senior product manager at Radware with over 30 years of experience leading product lines through all phases to achieve revenue goals and establish new revenue streams. He has extensive experience in a wide range of technologies and solutions, including networking, medical devices, IoT (internet of things), applications and home security. Avi has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and an MBA from Tel Aviv University.

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