Avi Networks is a cloud application delivery platform that enables application services such as load balancing, application analytics, and security in any data center or cloud. Their next-gen ADC is a software-based application delivery controller that provides integrated analytics, auto scaling, and automation driven by 100% REST APIs. Unlike traditionally structured application delivery controllers which are proprietary, specialized pieces of hardware, Avi’s Cloud Application Delivery Platform is essentially an ADC that runs on commodity silicon.
The company was founded in Silicon Valley in 2012 and has already raised $33 million in funding. Their primary competitors are F5 Networks and Citrix Netscaler, although more cloud-based ADC startups are starting to materialize, including Lagrange Systems and Appcito.
Traditional ADCs use an appliance model where the control plane, data plane, and management are in a single box. Even a virtualized, traditional ADC just takes all that software and puts it in a virtual machine.
Avi Networks uses an SDN approach to ADCs, separating the software stack into components, while also integrating analytics and tools that measure network performance, security, and user experience. The Avi model uses a single logical controller and distributed service engines to manage the data plane.
Pricing & Contract Terms
Avi Networks pricing is not public so you’ll need to register through their website to get a quote. They offer a 30 day free trial with no credit card required to sign up. After that you’ll be billed monthly based on usage.
Why Choose AVI Networks?
Up until recently, application delivery controllers were very specialized pieces of hardware used only by large companies running massive size applications, like Facebook. The goal of AVI Networks is to bring that sophisticated optimization technology to smaller businesses that couldn’t otherwise afford the sorts of things that Google, Facebook, Amazon and others provide for themselves in-house.