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A10 expects Appcito will help public sector customers become cloud-ready

David Bicknell Published 28 July 2016

Acquisition by A10 of Appcito intended to help users bridge traditional and cloud environments


Application networking company A10 Networks’ acquisition of Appcito earlier this week is likely to see A10’s public sector customers on both sides of the pond take advantage of new cloud application environments.

A10’s UK public sector users include Newcastle University and University of the Arts London in the education sector, while its US customers include county governments in California and South Carolina.

A10 said the acquisition of Appcito, which provides  a software as a service (SaaS) based, multi-cloud application delivery controller (ADC) solution, positions A10 as a secure application services specialist and provides a step towards helping customers  - including public sector users - bridge traditional and cloud application environments.

A10 said Appcito will fit “seamlessly” into its A10 Harmony solution architecture. The architecture, introduced in early 2015, supports secure application service offerings that span traditional data centres, private clouds, public clouds, and hybrid clouds. Effectively, Appcito almost becomes A10’s cloud unit, helping A10 provide agile application delivery for the cloud.

New A10 Harmony-based cloud offerings that integrate Appcito technology will be available from late 2016. Solutions will include a cloud services controller for centralised application policy management and orchestration, elastic application traffic management capabilities integrated with DevOps processes, deep per-application visibility and analytics, and support for microservices and container-based applications.

“This is a strategic acquisition for our customers,” said A10 Networks’ chief executive, Lee Chen. “We are helping our customers become both ‘cloud-ready’ and ‘cloud-native.’ We are giving them cutting-edge capabilities to control secure application services delivery across their data centres and clouds, such as in the area of analytics and automation. We are very excited about how Appcito fits into our vision to become the most comprehensive secure application services company in the industry.”

“Appcito was founded with a vision to deliver cloud-native application delivery services and help application teams become more nimble, while delivering application performance and security that their end users demand,” said Kamal Anand, chief executive and co-founder of Appcito. “Becoming part of A10 Networks and their customer-focused innovation culture will bring added benefits to application teams. The acquisition makes solid sense for customers wanting to collectively manage traditional on-premise and cloud application needs.”

Newcastle University chose A10 Networks’ application delivery controllers for its critical international learning environment, while the University of the Arts London wanted to scale web application delivery for education, and bought four A10 Network ADC new generation server load balancers to replace some ageing existing devices.

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