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Application Delivery Partitions (ADPs): Multi-tenant Application Delivery Controller Virtualization

Multi-tenancy for Efficient Data Center Growth

Ever increasing traffic demands have resulted in the proliferation of Application Delivery Controllers (ADCs) and advanced server load balancers; this highlights the need for more efficient deployment options. A10's Application Delivery Partitions (ADPs) are a proven virtualization solution within its AX Series ADCs, fulfilling the key requirements of high density and high performance. The ADP virtualization technology provides separation and partitioning of multiple ADCs on a single AX Series platform, helping organizations to dramatically reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) without sacrificing performance or ease of use.

Data Center Consolidation, Scalability and Efficiency

Rack density, performance (no hypervisor layer) and the lowest cost per ADC instance are the strongest differentiating factors for A10's ADPs versus other multi-tenant architectures. Rack density is essential to virtualization return on investment; however, this can only be effiective if the newly deployed ADC system can deliver the same performance as the system it is targeted to replace. A single AX Series appliance can deliver over 100 partitions, expanding to over 1000 in an AX Virtual Chassis System (aVCS) cluster. As A10's ADPs do not use a hypervisor, native AX Series performance is divided according to the required number of partitions, without 3rd party software impact. Benefits of A10's ADPs include:

ADC partitionWhat Makes Up an ADP?

ADPs are made up of discrete computing elements designed to efficiently segment each ADC partition, isolated in secure partitions. Built upon A10's scalable Advanced Core Operating System (ACOS), each ADP has:

ADP Partitions and Layer 3 Virtualization

Of particular interest in ADPs is Layer 3 Virtualization (L3V). L3V allows organizations to use the same IP address ranges (for example, overlapping RFC 1918 ranges) to ensure the multi-tenant data center architecture has the same flexibility as a separately deployed device.

In simple terms, this allows each ADP to have the same IP addresses defined, if the administrator so chooses.

ADP Partitions and Layer 3 Virtualization

Customer Success Stories: Reducing TCO and Improving Internal Efficiency with ADPs

ADPs are applicable for any type of organization to drive operational efficiency, and potentially a lot more. Two customer use cases include:

Reducing TCO and Improving Internal Efficiency with ADPs


A10's ADPs within the AX Series platforms deliver a straightforward, clear solution for higher density and higher performance multi-tenant ADCs:

ADPs can be used by any size organization for public or private cloud enablement. In addition to ADPs, A10 offers additional flexible ADC virtualization choices, including aVCS for scalability, SoftAX for flexibility, aCloud for cloud solutions and AX-V for strong isolation.