Published On: Fri, May 23rd, 2014

New Mid-Range Array Appliances alleviates effect of 2048-Bit SSL Encryption

Array Networks

Array Networks, global frontrunner in application delivery networking space, declares the immediate availability of its new mid-range APV3600 and APV3650 application delivery controllers (ADC). Brought about to be able to alleviate the encumbrance faced by businesses courtesy, 2048-bit SSL encryption, the new-fangled APV Series appliances delivers support up to 25,000 2048-bit SSL transactions per second (TPS) and provide the lowest cost per SSL TPS on the market. Standard features zeroed unto- takes account of a space-saving 1RU design, followed by 10GigE interfaces, fiber as well as copper connectivity options in addition to a full suite of advanced ADC features together with server load balancing, link load balancing, global server load balancing, L7/L4 traffic management, custom scripting, connection multiplexing, SSL acceleration, caching, compression, traffic shaping, IPv6 support, Web application security plus N+1 clustering.

Effect of 2048-bit SSL                

First familiarized in 2011 as what may be called as a more secure substitute to 1024-bit SSL, 2048-bit SSL encryption is now the standard for all certificate-issuing authorities. Despite the fact that- 2048-bit SSL stands as being more secure than the previous standard, 2048-bit SSL is five times more compute-intensive. Consequently, it is not uncommon for servers, load balancers as well as application delivery controllers to be able to provide support only one fifth the SSL TPS they used to formerly. The knock-on effect entails that environments in which servers were adequate may necessitate load balancers besides situations wherein mid-range ADCs was ample may entail high-end ADCs – all of which arrives with a hefty price tag. Array products – together with APV, vAPV, AG, vxAG and EOS products (TMX, SPX) – make use of the company’s proprietary SSL stack to be able to process all SSL, TLS plus DTLS service traffic. For that reason, service traffic on Array products is not affected by this OpenSSL Heartbleed susceptibility.

Array APV3600 and APV3650

In the mid-range, wherein ADCs commonly supported 25,000 1024-bit SSL TPS, the appliances now support only 5000 SSL TPS for the fresh 2048-bit standard. Albeit, customers procure the most cutting-edge mid-range ADC from that of Array’s closest challenger, the most they will achieve is 15,000 2048-bit SSL TPS – upon which they would want to either procure multiple units or for that matter obtain higher-end units. In parallel, Array APV3600 and APV3650 appliances deliver support equal to 25,000 2048-bit SSL TPS as well as retain a mid-range price point while drifting to the fresh, more secure standard.

High-Performance, Feature-Rich SSL

Total value of proprietorship for SSL offload solutions is not limited to TPS and cost; there are other aspects quintessential for providing the performance as well as functionality necessary in service provider as well as enterprise environments. As for instance, Array’s APV3600 plus APV3650 appliances perform functions like certificate revocation lists (CRL) above TCP/IP in the kernel to be able to ensure high-performance intended for all SSL related tasks. Furthermore, the fresh appliances support advanced SSL features together with server name indication (SNI), SSL inside in addition to SSL bridging, multi-level authentication besides in-flight certificate challenges. Ranging from outright performance and scalability, to cost and return on investment, to advanced features, not any vendor or contending product can match Array APV3600 as well as APV3650 appliances for offloading 2048-bit SSL encryption.

Circumventing Heartbleed

Freshly, the Heartbleed vulnerability was acknowledged by means of substantial press owing to the extensive use of SSL to be able to secure virtually everything on the Web, together with ecommerce, followed by social media, business applications as well as online banking. Array was the first ADC vendor that was completely immune to Heartbleed for the reason being that- the company implements its entire proprietary SSL stack on top of TCP/IP in the kernel to be able to afford advanced application delivery features at speed as well as offer insusceptibility from OpenSSL-related exposures such as Heartbleed. Despite the fact that- no one knows what the next OpenSSL vulnerability may be, customers that cherry-pick Array products, as for instance the new-fangled APV3600 in addition to APV3650 can be assured that their prospect entailing introduction to SSL-related security issues will be considerably abridged.

“One of Array’s primary competitive advantages and market differentiators is superiority in all facets of SSL secure transaction processing,” alleged Michael Zhao, President and CEO of Array Networks. Informing that – “With the new APV3600 and APV3650 products, Array has set an even higher standard of scalability, features, security and price-performance for service provider and enterprise customers that are either migrating to or scaling 2048-bit SSL encryption.”

Availability of APV3600 plus APV3650

Array APV3600 and APV3650 application delivery controller appliances are available immediately. The APV3600 is a 20Gbps appliance and the APV3650 is but a 30Gbps appliance; both models support 25,000 2048-bit SSL TPS and both models from their corresponding ends ship standard with all Array application delivery networking features.

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New Mid-Range Array Appliances alleviates effect of 2048-Bit SSL Encryption