Application Acceleration Switch


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In 2007, Network Computing magazine selected the AX Series Application Acceleration Switch from A10 Networks as a winner for setting new standards in innovation with its application acceleration technologies. The switches help enterprises and ISPs build secure, high availability application server farms. Benefits within the AX Series include an advanced core operating system that leverages modern system architectures; multiple CPU and core tuning; policy editor for customization of features; improved user application response times and server farm capacity scaling; and reduced HTTP bandwidth requirements.

Advances in Network Switches

The advancement in network switches over the years, particularly in regards to speed and acceleration, has been dramatic, largely driven by the increasing demands of data-intensive applications and the growing ubiquity of high-speed internet connectivity. Here's how:

  1. Higher Capacity Ports: Earlier network switches used to operate on 10/100 Mbps Ethernet standards, but modern switches are capable of handling 1 Gbps, 10 Gbps, 40 Gbps, and even 100 Gbps speeds, significantly improving data transfer rates.
  2. Switch Fabric: Modern network switches have improved switch fabric – the integrated circuitry that allows data to flow between the line cards in a switch. Advanced switch fabric can handle larger amounts of data and manage multiple data transfers simultaneously, boosting the speed and efficiency of the switch.
  3. ASICs (Application-Specific Integrated Circuits): The latest high-speed network switches use custom ASICs that are specifically designed for accelerating network traffic. These ASICs are capable of delivering faster speeds and lower latencies, allowing for real-time applications like video conferencing or VoIP to run more smoothly.
  4. Multi-Layer Switching: Modern switches are not limited to Layer 2 (data link layer) switching, but also incorporate Layer 3 (network layer) and Layer 4 (transport layer) functionalities. This means that they can make forwarding decisions based not only on MAC addresses but also on IP addresses and even TCP/UDP session information. This allows for more efficient data routing and faster data transfer.
  5. Software Optimization: In addition to hardware improvements, the software that drives network switches has seen numerous enhancements that boost speed and performance. These include more efficient network algorithms and protocols, better load balancing, and more robust error correction mechanisms.
  6. SDN (Software-Defined Networking): The advent of SDN has allowed for dynamic, programmatically efficient network configuration to improve network performance and monitoring, leading to reduced latency and faster network response.
  7. PoE (Power over Ethernet): While this doesn't speed up the data transfer, it accelerates the deployment of devices like VoIP phones and wireless access points, by supplying power over the same cable used for network connection, eliminating the need for separate power supply.