A10 Thunder TPS Scalability

SOC Manager at a media company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It enables us to scale defenses. We can go up to eight boxes at each location, with the current configuration that we have. As time goes on, we are looking into possibly going with the newer devices which just came out and which have increased capacity. We're also potentially looking to move out to more pop locations in the future: Having an internet connection and an A10 TPS at a remote location, and then we would back-haul traffic to us. We are looking to potentially expand our footprint in the future. Overall, scalability is just a limitation of our own network. But having ECMP and BGP available to us, we can scale out as horizontal as we need to, relying on whatever size of pipe we have coming in. It's really our own limitation at this point in time. Each of our data centers do 100-Gig pipes, which the devices have plenty of support for. But if we did need to roll out to either four devices or six devices, we would have the availability to do that. View full review »
Bart van der Sloot
Managing Director Leaseweb Network at Leaseweb
The solution enables us to scale defenses. We use different types or sizes of equipment. Typically, we start in some smaller locations with the smaller equipment type. When we see that location growing, we typically replace that device with a larger one and we move the smaller device to a new location where it's needed. We move the technology around quite a bit, which is our way of scaling up. The fact that there are different sizes of equipment, all with the same technology and the same processes for managing them, is very helpful for us. If you look at our smallest data center worldwide, it's a location which generates around ten gigabits per second of outbound traffic. That typically means about one or two gigabits of inbound traffic. Our larger data centers generate around 1.7 terabits per second of traffic. That's a lot more. And with one family of products, we can still protect both the smaller data centers as well as our larger locations. So far, the systems do what we expect them to do and they scale as we expect them to scale. View full review »
Todd DeWitt
Director of IT Networks at a comms service provider with 201-500 employees
We haven't found that it's helped us to scale defenses because we have pigeonholed it to do one thing and that's DDoS. So it hasn't helped us scale but it's helped us retain customers who otherwise probably would have been angry and left us, thinking it was our fault that they got DDoS'ed. But defense scale-wise, no. Although we're still scaling up like crazy, it's not due to this DDoS product whatsoever. We haven't experienced any issues with performance. But again, we haven't put that much traffic on it yet. I'm sure it's coming. I'm sure, some day, we'll get a DDoS attack that's more than 40 Gig and then we'll have an answer for how it scales. View full review »
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Raphael Maunier
Co-Founder at Acorus Networks
We have deployed it globally in Europe and the US. We will be deploying in Singapore and Japan in a few weeks. We are increasing our deployment for customers. Today, we are serving 30 customers. While we have the biggest unit, we haven't had the chance to use the box's full capacity. As we are distributed, every time we have an attack, we are not able to reach the capacity of the box. One TPS can block 200 gigs, as well 100 and 150 gigs. So, we never been in the position that we are using the full capacity of the box, at least not today. We are not getting enough 100 gig from this box, which we have already spoken to the design team about. With the smaller boxes, they are okay, but we are not able to evaluate the box's fullest capacity because we bought two of them. The goal is not to use it at maximum capacity because we want to have good quality for our customers. We want to add more boxes in order to have a lot of distribution for DDoS attacks across all the TPS boxes. Today, we have four boxes in position. We are going to order four more boxes (minimum) in order to distribute the traffic as much as we can. The goal is to be able to not use more than 60 percent capacity of the box. We are doing stuff today to have the traffic not go through the box every time. It triggers going through the box for IOPS maybe two or three percent of the time. View full review »
Tim Paulson
Ethernet IP Engineer at a comms service provider with 11-50 employees
For our deployment, we're probably not even using ten percent of its capacity as far as throughput port space. For us, the scalability is very high. For us, it's like investing future-forward. The usage potential increases daily, exponentially, based on the internet curve. But we're just using a small percentage of the features and a small percentage of its capacity. We have about 200 customers that have access to the solution with 100,000 users on their side. We carry something like 80 Gig of internet traffic into the state. Because we're using that third-party for the majority, TPS doesn't see all that 80 Gig of traffic. It only sees the traffic that has been identified by the third-party software. The TPS isn't necessarily handling packet, packet, packet, packet; it's handling only packets that are being sent to it by the third-party. In that scope of scalability, it's almost exponential because we're only identifying the traffic flows and patterns that need to be mitigated. View full review »
Jaffar Ali
MEP Manager at TechnoBIZ
Scalability is fine. We have sixteen users. On the support side when we generate tickets, we are quoted fifty plus customers that are on this solution. View full review »
John Paul Jasmin
Technical Consultant at Westcon
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