Enterprise, Features, Technology, Vendor

A10 Networks announces Harmony Controller as-a-Service

Amr Alashaal, Regional Vice President, Middle East at A10 Networks.

The A10 Harmony Controller provides centralised management and analytics for A10 secure application services.

Network admins for enterprises and service providers all know the pain of growth and change. Rapid or unexpected growth in users, subscribers and traffic; migration from centralised data centres to edge deployments, cloud, multi-cloud or hybrid cloud environments; and the pandemic-inspired shift to distributed and suburban/home-based applications means network administrators must continually scramble to ensure capacity is correctly and efficiently deployed to meet demand.

For the critical functions that A10 provides, including Thunder Application Delivery Controller (ADC), Thunder Convergent Firewall (CFW) and Thunder Carrier-grade Networking (CGN), customers are managing their Thunder appliances or virtual machines throughout this massive change using A10 Harmony Controller. The A10 Harmony Controller provides centralised management and analytics for A10 secure application services including A10 Thunder ADC, SSLi, CFW, and CGN in multi-cloud environments for application configuration and policy enforcement. It is available on self-managed (on-premises/cloud) and as-a-service.

Harmony Controller as-a-service has key advantages over self-managed systems, providing organisations a centralised management interface for installation, configuration, monitoring and troubleshooting of physical and virtual devices wherever they are deployed. Adding or changing Thunder devices used to require manually intensive processes for installation, licensing, registration of devices. Harmony Controller as-a-service makes those processes simple and easy to use. The service is operated by A10 to ensure its security and availability. The service creates simpler elastic capacity with a management interface that automatically scales as the system grows, supporting millions of users and thousands of devices.

Harmony Controller as-a-service, Release 5.4, includes the following enhancements:

Stronger Security with Multi-Factor-Authentication (MFA)

Now, administrators can enable MFA for all the users in the account. MFA is available when the users are authenticated locally in Harmony Controller. Users need to install the Google Authenticator app on their mobile devices for a one-time set up of MFA. While users can postpone set-up, the administrator can set an enforcement deadline. The device communicator role is created for users who use Harmony Controller to register Thunder devices.

Local Authorisation after Remote Authentication

Now, users can authenticate on the remote servers, such as LDAP, TACACS +, or RADIUS, and authorise locally in Harmony Controller. The user privileges and access information are stored in Harmony Controller.

Flexible Device Configuration Backup

Now, users can schedule periodic device configuration backups with precise time-zone and frequency.

“With the Harmony Controller, organisations can efficiently automate deployment and operations of application services, increase operational efficiency and agility, enhance end-user experiences and reduce TCO, simplify the management of distributed application services to dramatically shorten troubleshooting times, receive alerts on performance or security anomalies, improve capacity planning and optimise IT infrastructure and cloud environments”, said Amr Alashaal, Regional Vice President – Middle East at A10 Networks.

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