A10 Networks (NYSE: ATEN), a Secure Application Services™ company, today announced A10 FlexPool, a new software subscription and capacity pooling model that eliminates the traditional challenges of resource planning and portability across on-premise and cloud environments. A10 FlexPool helps customers simplify consumption of app services with ability to re-allocate capacity across multiple infrastructure deployment models.
Mohammed Al-Moneer, Regional Director, MENA at A10 Networks says, “Software licensing models can be complex and cumbersome. Add to the mix the delicate balancing act of spreading workloads across applications, multiple clouds and on-premise data centers and things get even more complicated. Traditionally, the answer to capacity planning challenges was to overprovision, but that results in overspending and an inefficient use of resources. It’s simply not cost-effective. Enterprises and service providers need flexible software subscription models to accommodate new consumption patterns and distribution of capacity across environments, and that ensure services and applications are consistently available.”
“FlexPool is a modern and customer-centric approach that challenges the outdated perpetual, instance-based licensing arrangements that force customers into numerous fixed capacity licenses that often outlive their practical lifecycles. It is part of A10’s vision to help customers become more secure and agile as they bridge traditional and cloud application environments. The shift to hybrid models that combine cloud and software with on-premise requires a careful choreography, and FlexPool allows for seamless use of A10 application services – deployed on virtualized infrastructure, Bare Metal or in the cloud – in any environment without disruption.”
The introduction of A10 FlexPool represents a strategic step in the company’s business strategy and vision to help customers become more secure and agile as they bridge traditional and cloud application environments. A10 FlexPool allows customers to seamlessly use A10 services either on-premise or in the cloud, without service disruption, in a cost-effective, customer-friendly manner that eliminates unnecessary expenses caused by overprovisioning.
This software subscription-based capacity consumption model represents a more modern, customer-centric approach compared to perpetual, instance-based arrangements that force customers into numerous fixed capacity licenses that outlive their practical lifecycles. However, A10 FlexPool allows customers to purchase licensed capacity, then allocate and redistribute that capacity across applications and infrastructures as desired. Additionally, FlexPool simplifies the operational process by limiting the administrative task of centrally managing the license pool.
The FlexPool Difference
FlexPool aligns consumption with business needs, and offers numerous benefits when compared to traditional software licensing models, including:
- FlexPool delivers flexible allocation through a shared capacity pool, dynamic scaling of capacity and user-defined instance sizes.
- FlexPool protects organization’s investment with license portability, the elimination of overprovisioning and the inclusion of software upgrades and Gold support.
- FlexPool offers operational simplicity through centralized license management, visibility and usage monitoring. FlexPool licenses are all inclusive and can be distributed across multiple services and environments.
“Hybrid cloud is spurring greater innovation opportunities for IT to deliver business relevance and agility for network managers,” said Raj Jalan, CTO, A10 Networks. “Our new software subscription and capacity pooling model is designed to eliminate the traditional challenges of resource planning and portability across today’s hybrid network environments, offering greater flexibility and dynamic scalability to meet enterprise IT’s cloud environment needs well into the future.”
Whether A10 software is deployed on virtualized infrastructure, bare metal, or in the cloud, A10 FlexPool gives IT professionals and service providers the flexibility and portability across multiple application services and cloud infrastructure deployment models. With capacity pools that are sharable across on-premise, public and private cloud infrastructures, A10 FlexPool can help simplify cloud migrations, and at the same time eliminate costly overprovisioning and prevent service disruptions.
FlexPool supports A10’s software-based Thunder appliances, both virtualized and Bare Metal, for Thunder ADC, Thunder CGN, and Thunder CFW.