Radware Alteon Review

Enables consistent security, single sign-on, but automation features need work

What is our primary use case?

A Radware Alteon load balancer is a hardware device that acts as a reverse proxy and distributes network or application traffic across a number of servers. Load balancers are used to increase capacity (high-availability) and reliability of application. Load balancers ensure reliability and availability by monitoring the health of applications, and only sending requests to servers and applications that can respond in a timely manner. They improve the overall performance of applications by maintaining application and network sessions, as well as by performing application-specific tasks.

Load balancers are generally grouped into two categories: layer 4 and layer 7. Layer 4 load balancers act on data found in the network and transport layer protocols like TCP/IP, FTP, and UDP. Layer7 load balancers distribute requests based on data found in application layer protocols like HTTPS, HTTP. 

Requests are received by both types of load balancers and they are distributed to a particular server based on a configuration algorithm.

How has it helped my organization?

  • Eliminates complexity
  • Reduces deployment time
  • Increases efficiency
  • Improves performance
  • Enhances productivity
  • Simplifies access
  • Enables consistent security, deployment automation, single sign–on, any-IP support, mobility

What is most valuable?

Radware's application delivery controller (ADC) provides advanced and comprehensive application delivery capabilities, ensuring 24/7 availability.

What needs improvement?

  • Needs to improve in automation, surge protection, DNS automation.
  • There are no options to name basic configurations.
  • SMS alerts, reporting alerts require some automation.
  • Improvement is needed for live traffic monitoring in dashboard, live traffic tracking.
  • It needs automated traffic capture and performance tasks, as per script.

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution at seven out of 10. Radware Alteon is a system that monitors the availability and performance of global resources and uses that information to manage network traffic patterns. It uses load-balancing algorithms, topology-based routing, and AppShape++ scripts  to control and distribute traffic according to specific policies.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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