itb-nz logo
Story image

A10 aims to secure Kubernetes container environments

12 Dec 2018

A10 Networks a provider of intelligent and automated cybersecurity solutions announced the availability of the A10 Secure Service Mesh solution for applications deployed in open-source Kubernetes container environments. 

The solution aims to provide teams deploying microservices applications with an automated way to integrate enterprise-grade security and load-balancing with comprehensive application visibility and analytics.

“With the Secure Service Mesh solution, A10 continues to deliver on its promise of intelligent automation and security for both modern multi-cloud and traditional infrastructure,” said Lee Chen, CEO of A10 Networks. 

“Organisations are turning to containers for their production applications to become agile and scalable in meeting the demands of digital transformation. The A10 Secure Service Mesh is a significant advancement for these environments.”

A10 Lightning ADC, a containerised and lightweight load balancer and proxy, is the primary component providing load balancing and security capabilities. It works in an active-active cluster which is elastic and scales up/down automatically with the scale of a Kubernetes cluster. The same Lightning ADC cluster can be used for both North-South as well as East-West traffic.

The security solution between microservices includes enforcing micro-segmentation policies for traffic between the services. The system can also automatically encrypt traffic between services, further increasing the privacy and security of those communications. 

Additional security capabilities include rate-limiting application traffic to each service, application DDoS and SSL/TLS offload.

The Secure Services Mesh solution includes the A10 Harmony controller, which supposedly provides multi-cloud, centralised policy management and also comprehensive metrics, logs and analytics providing actionable insights for each microservice. 

These analytics include end-to-end transaction latency, throughput, request rate, and other real-time and historical metrics.

Traffic management capabilities in the A10 Secure Services Mesh include automatic service discovery, health monitoring, load balancing, URL/content switching, and support for Blue-Green or Canary deployments.

Supposedly none of these capabilities requires any change to the actual applications and can be completely automated under the control of the operations teams. 

This lowers the operational burden as the microservices applications scale in usage and complexity. The A10 Secure Services Mesh solution is integrated with container management systems like Kubernetes and Red Hat OpenShift.

A10 Networks VP Kamal Anand says, “For applications deployed in a Kubernetes environment, east-west traffic security is a prime concern.

“The A10 Secure Service Mesh elegantly addresses security concerns without imposing any specific deployment model or requiring any changes to applications." 

"Per-service, application-layer traffic analytics greatly help operations teams to optimise the application as well as infrastructure and enhance the security and delivery of their application.”

Story image
Trustworthy and reliable: why making data privacy a priority leads to stronger customer relationships
Showing you’re scrupulous about how you collect, use and store customer information also has a positive impact on your customers’ experience with your brand and your bottom line.More
Link image
Working remotely? Bring the office home
Voyager’s cloud-based voice solutions allow employees to plug their office phones in at home, ensuring they can make and receive calls just like they were in the office.More
Link image
AvePoint Free Webinar: Maximise productivity using Microsoft Teams Template
As more workers turn to Microsoft Teams for remote productivity, learn how to leverage the Teams Template functionality when creating new Teams and how to provide unique provisioning, sharing and other settings for different departments.More
Story image
Pluralsight offers 7,000+ online tech courses free for April
In a bid to encourage online learners to stay home and upskill during COVID-19 lockdowns, Pluralsight, the enterprise technology skills platform, has made its 7,000+ courses available for free for the month of April.More
Story image
Koch Industries finalises Infor acquisition, commences 'new era of growth'
The acquisition will see Infor's product design and technology, 68,000 customers and 17,000 global employees under Koch Industries’ leadership.More
Story image
COVID-19: Telco cloud revenue from 5G to drop by 25%
Telco cloud revenue from 5G core deployments will fall between 20%-30% short of the forecasted US$9 billion in 2020. The investment shortfall in modernising telco networks may be somewhere in the range of US$2 to US$3 billion in the short term.More