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A10 integrates with Fastly next-gen web application firewall
Thu, 27th Apr 2023

A10 Networks has announced a combined solution of the Thunder Application Delivery Controller (ADC) and the new A10 Next-Generation Web Application Firewall (WAF), powered by Fastly, to enable automated, multi-layered security and resilience.

The last decade of digital transformation has turned most organisations today into truly digital businesses. But the effectiveness and economics of cloud operating models have become top concerns. A significant challenge is how to best secure, optimise, and automate hybrid cloud environments in the most effective manner. The new combined solution is aimed at solving this problem. 

As organisations seek to establish an efficient and effective cloud operating model, the combined technology enables a highly performant security solution at a strategic application ingress point that reduces false positives and automates security, empowering agility and effectiveness. The end solution ultimately helps deliver better cloud economics and business outcomes.

The company is adding the A10 Next-Gen WAF, powered by Fastly, to its solution portfolio as an integrated add-on to its A10 Thunder ADC solution.

The A10 Thunder ADC and A10 Next-Gen WAF implementation provide a single solution to enhance web defences across software and hardware appliances installed in hybrid cloud environments. In addition, the solution can be deployed across multiple form factors, including virtual machines and hardware appliances.

In addition to providing advanced availability options, Thunder ADC can perform DDoS protection, authentication, and protocol checks at scale. Furthermore, the integrated A10 Next-Gen WAF provides deep web application security services.

As the solution sits at the primary application ingress point, a single deployment can efficiently front-end one, hundreds, or thousands of applications. There is no need for individual server end-point deployments. It enables faster time to market with secure application deployments.

“A10 Networks provides high-performance application delivery and security, and its solution is a natural fit for our next-gen WAF to help provide mutual customers with deep web application security for hybrid cloud environments,” says Emily Friedberg, group vice president for global partnerships at Fastly.

“This is the first software and hardware application delivery controller implementation for Fastly, which expands our addressable market and provides A10 with the most advanced WAF technology for its customers.”

The A10 Thunder ADC and A10 Next-Gen WAF combine to provide capabilities that outpace traditional stand-alone or existing web application firewalls. 

It includes layered defence, which counters modern web threats, and OWASP Top 10 mitigation, DDoS protection, authentication and TLS/SSL decryption.

Another capability is simplification via consolidation. The solution converges under Thunder ADC as a fully integrated single appliance solution optimised with advanced load balancing, ADC caching, and the Fastly cloud service; customers have a single support point with A10.

Then there is the ease of use. There is no learning period for IT teams with near-zero false positives; almost 90% of Fastly users run in blocking mode, ensuring only bad traffic stops.

The solution also lower costs. It provides superior protection with little or no tuning; uses a combination of thresholding, Fastly's proprietary Network Learning Exchange (NLX) and SmartParse technology to reduce false positives for highly effective automated detection and blocking.

Finally, the A10 Thunder ADC and A10 Next-Gen WAF combine to reduce risks. It protects against modern attack vectors like account takeover (ATO), enumeration, and DDoS; it integrates with popular DevOps and SIEM tools, making it an excellent fit for enterprise DevSecOps teams.

“When selecting a partner to deliver superior web application firewall security for our hybrid cloud solutions, Fastly was an obvious choice. It has been a Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ choice for Cloud Web Application and API Protection (WAAP) for the past five years. Our combined solution will help customers ensure security and resiliency while reducing the operational overhead for security teams,” says Mikko Disini, vice president of product line management at A10 Networks. 

The A10 Next-Gen WAF, powered by Fastly, is available now. It supports A10 Thunder ADC and A10 Thunder CFW.