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August 24, 2017 By BlueAlly

A10 to provide Thunder™ CGN (Carrier-Grade Networking) to help support thousands of global gamers at North America’s largest LAN (local area network) competition

SAN JOSE, Calif. – August 24, 2017 – A10 Networks (NYSE: ATEN), a Secure Application Services™ company, will help connect thousands of gamers at QuakeCon 2017 by providing its A10 Thunder CGN (Carrier-Grade Networking) to ensure availability and continuity for all players. QuakeCon, an annual video game competition, is North America’s largest BYOC (bring-your-own-computer) LAN party, taking place Aug. 24 to 27 in Dallas, Texas.

A10 Networks is a leader in high-performing solutions that power and secure some of the world’s largest gaming companies in the world, with its portfolio of CGN, Threat Protection System (TPS) and ADC solutions helping accelerate and protect three of the four top gaming companies in the United States. In addition to supporting QuakeCon, A10’s Thunder CGN helps cloud providers, service providers, and large enterprises manage IPv4 and IPv6 translation between various devices and networks. Hundreds of the world’s top service providers rely on Thunder CGN to preserve existing IPv4 infrastructure investments as well as manage IPv6 migration.

Massively multiplayer online gaming (MMOG) networks and application infrastructures present some of the world’s most challenging environments to architect, protect and operate at scale. Gaming is unique in the scale of bi-directional, real-time data path and its sensitivity to latency, packet loss, scale of player access and geo-diversity of users. The gaming industry is also a frequent target of large-scale DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks, which must be stopped to ensure uninterrupted service availability.

“The infrastructure that we build out every year for QuakeCon is a mammoth undertaking that can really put networking hardware to the test,” said Travis “Ash” Bradshaw, executive director for QuakeCon 2017. “Not only do our discerning attendees have demanding performance needs, but there’s also the setup and configuration requirements of building the QuakeCon network from scratch in just a few days. The CGN technology from A10 Networks fills an essential role in the success of that infrastructure right at the edge, supporting workloads from game patching to critical outbound streaming all at the same time.”

“As the premier provider of high-performance networking and security solutions for the online gaming industry, A10 Networks is excited to partner with QuakeCon to help ensure thousands of gamers experience lightning-fast, uninterrupted game play,” said Rob Justice, A10’s director of systems engineering. “A massive network-based gaming event like QuakeCon demands infrastructure that delivers speed, reliability, security and scale, which is why QuakeCon trusts A10. With A10 Thunder CGN, it’s 'game on’ at QuakeCon.”

A10’s Thunder CGN line is the most powerful carrier-grade networking solution, with an industry-leading performance of 300 Gbps and 512 million concurrent sessions in a single appliance. A10 Thunder CGN also offers up to two and a half times the performance of competing solutions with less than half the data center footprint.