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A10 Networks launches anti-DDoS hardware solution

Thunder TPS appliances said to deliver ‘scale and performance’ to meet growing threat

A10 Networks’ Thunder TPS anti-DDoS appliance.
A10 Networks’ Thunder TPS anti-DDoS appliance.

Application networking specialist A10 Networks this week announced its new A10 Thunder TPS (threat protection system) Series, designed to provide high-performance, network-wide protection against "a variety of volumetric, protocol, resource and more sophisticated" distributed denial of service (DDoS).

The Thunder TPS product line is built upon A10's Advanced Core Operating System (ACOS) platform, which delivers up to 155Gbps of throughput, thereby attempting to address the increasing scale of DDoS attacks. Broad multi-vector attack detection capabilities are designed to secure networks against a variety of attack types, and A10 said the Thunder TPS supports multiple deployment modes, allowing it to integrate with various network designs.

Providers of DDoS-protection solutions argue that legacy security solutions, such as firewalls and intrusion detection systems (IDS) have insufficient capacity to mitigate today's multi-vector DDoS attacks at scale.

"With DDoS mitigation capacity ranging from 38Gbps to 155Gbps (and up to 1.2 Tbps in a cluster) throughput, Thunder TPS is designed to provide protection against large attacks," A10 said in a statement.

Each Thunder TPS model is equipped with high-performance FPGA-based flexible traffic acceleration (FTA) technology to detect and mitigate over 30 common attack vectors rapidly in hardware, without degrading the performance of the core system general purpose CPUs. More complex application layer (L7) attacks (such as HTTP, SSL, DNS) are processed and detected by the latest Intel Xeon CPUs, so performance scaling is maintained by distributing multi-vector detection and mitigation functions across optimal system resources.

"DDoS attacks like SYN Flood and Fragmentation attacks are rapidly evolving to becoming a big numbers game, with malicious bots or zombie machines directing massive amounts of traffic in unison toward target victims," said Lee Chen, A10 CEO and founder.

"Effective DDoS solutions must be able to mitigate at equally massive scale and performance to prevent service interruption. Service availability for Internet-connected applications is critical to our enterprise and service provider customers, so we are proud to help them improve the uptime and security of those applications."