Redline Networks Inc. last week introduced a Web I/O accelerator appliance designed to better serve the requirements of enterprise applications.
The EX 3250 Enterprise Web I/O Accelerator, a Layer 7 switch, can be configured to automatically rewrite all HTTP requests to HTTPS (HTTP Secure), exploiting the SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) encryption built into current browsers. Applications and browsers dont have to be modified to benefit from the standard security.
“We created a product designed to meet the requirements of intranets and enterprise applications. We support a broader range of authentication on the SSL side. We also added Auto SSL, so that even though a site is set up for clear text, on the fly we convert everything to SSL,” said Roy Johnson, president and CEO of the Campbell, Calif., company.
Redline initially targeted externally facing Web applications for its I/O accelerator line, which combines compression technology, connection management, and SSL termination and acceleration. But with enterprise applications increasingly using browser front ends, demands for intranet support have increased, Johnson said.
Users at the state of New Mexicos Department of Taxation and Revenue found that the acceleration appliances allowed them to reduce Web page load times and avoid having to install T-1 lines, according to Ed Romero, deputy secretary and CIO, in Sante Fe. “We saw our performance increase by 70 percent,” Romero said, adding that the state benefited from the Redline accelerators ease of installation as well.
The appliance is typically installed behind a load balancer or router and connects to those devices through a single 100M-bps Fast Ethernet port. It does not require modification of server software or the installation of client software. The EX 3250 Enterprise Web I/O Accelerator offloads TCP, HTTP and HTTPS processing from Web servers to boost the performance of Web application servers. By reducing the I/O workload on the servers and lowering the amount of process scheduling the server must perform, individual transactions are processed faster, and more users can be supported on a single server. Functions such as request balancing and multiplexing, as well as server health checks, are executed out on the appliances. In addition, the appliances reduce the amount of WAN bandwidth consumed by remote users through data compression and filtering. The accelerator is available now, priced at $29,995.