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Pulse Virtual Traffic Manager

Pulse Secure Virtual Traffic Manager is available in two editions – Advanced and Enterprise.

Advanced edition
Includes the most common load balancing capabilities, including SSL/TLS offload, session persistence, service level monitoring, simple TrafficScript Rule Builder, and support for IPv6 and HTTP/2; and also includes capabilities such as Global Load Balancing, Route Health Injection, and customization using the powerful TrafficScript scripting language and Java Extensions;

Enterprise edition
In addition to all the features in Advanced Edition, the Enterprise Edition adds premium Layer 7 services such as Web Content Optimization (WCO), Web Application Firewall (WAF) and FIPS compliance.



Feature Summary
Advance Edition
Enterprise Edition
Load Balancing
HTTP/2 Support
Content Routing
Content Routing
Health Monitoring
Simple TrafficScript Rule Builder
SSL/TLS Offload
HTTP Compression
Event and Action System
Service Protection
Activity Graphs
HTTP Caching
Autoscaling
Bandwidth Management
Rate Shaping
Service Level Monitoring
TrafficScript
XML Parsing
Java Extensions
Multi Site Manager
Global Load Balancing
Route Health Injection
Web Accelerator Express
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Web Accelerator
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Web Application Firewall
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Kerberos Constrained Delegation
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FIPS
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Architecture Features
Data Plane Acceleration
  • Data Plane Acceleration mode for high- performance L4 services
  • Linear scaling and throughput with additional CPU cores.
  • More than one million L4 connection requests per second and up to 140 Gbps are achievable on supported platforms.

Clustering
  • Unmatched scale and performance, with support for multi-core CPUs.
  • Scale out with N+M clustering for reliability and throughput.
  • Scale horizontally and vertically across hybrid IT architectures.

RESTful Control API
  • Simplify administration of large/complex configurations, with configuration and service orchestration.
  • Automate configuration changes in response to an event.

Advanced Edition Features
Load Balancing
  • Intelligent load balancing for IPv4 and IPv6 traffic.
  • Range of built-in LB algorithms, or create custom LB algorithms to suit specific application needs.
  • Drain traffic from server nodes for easy maintenance and uninterrupted service.

HTTP/2 Support
  • Faster web pages with support for HTTP/2 connections, with techniques such as connection sharing, page request multiplexing and header compression.
  • For even more powerful web content optimization (WCO) the Enterprise Edition includes the Web Accelerator to create custom optimization profiles for individual applications.

Content Routing
  • Apply business policies to each request for custom routing decisions, based on L7 attributes such as URL and hostname.
  • Content inspection supports insertion of marketing tags, branding changes, and dynamic watermarking.

Session Persistence
  • Session data persistence for TCP and UDP traffic based on client’s IP address, SSL session ID, or define custom persistence keys.
  • Support for Named Node and Universal Persistence techniques using TrafficScript.
  • Enhanced session persistence is supported with Session Tickets (RFC 5077) and TLS 1.2.

Health Monitoring
  • Monitor the health and correct operation of servers with built-In and custom checks.
  • Route traffic away from failing or congested servers to maintain user experience.

SSL/TLS Offload
  • Off-load SSL/TLS key exchanges and decryption to optimize application performance.
  • Simplify key management for large-scale web applications.
  • Decryption content for deep packet inspection, then re-encrypt for secure forwarding of requests to destination.

HTTP Compression
  • Off-load content compression for client responses to optimize application performance.
  • Reduce bandwidth and response time with efficient software-based compression tools.

Event and Action System
  • Configure email and SNMP alerts, or output custom logging information to syslog.
  • Trigger user-supplied scripts to drive external applications

Service Protection
  • Enforce an IP black/white list and limit the number of connections to a service.
  • Validate HTTP content (e.g. enforce RFC compliance) and help protect against malicious attacks such as Denial of Service.

Activity Graphs
  • Graphical representation of performance, workload, and geographic distribution.
  • Identify application bottlenecks and opportunities for performance optimization.

HTTP Caching
  • Cache frequently-requested content on the Traffic Manager, to optimize application performance.
  • Customize caching policies for different content types and client requests.

Autoscaling
  • Scale virtual application resources to meet surges in demand, helping to right-size applications with variable workloads.
  • Release resources when no longer needed.

Bandwidth Management
  • Set bandwidth limits on specific applications or domains, or reserve bandwidth for critical services.
  • Enforce access limits based on user, service or location.

Rate Shaping
  • Restrict the number of requests (per min or sec) to a service, from either all or a set of clients to optimize user experience.
  • Prioritize valuable users and transactions, limit unwanted traffic such as spiders or repeated downloads

Service Level Monitoring
  • Monitor the performance of a service or application.
  • Trigger alerts or scripts if service or response falls below pre-determined threshold level.

Simple TrafficScript Rule Builder
  • Easy-to-use graphical user interface to create simple traffic rules and policies.
  • Click and choose from drop-down menus to create simple conditions and actions.

TrafficScript
  • Powerful programming language that enables high performance control of traffic management policies.
  • Control all aspects of how traffic is managed, such as rate shaping, bandwidth limits, and caching to prioritize the most valuable users and deliver the best possible levels of service.

XML Parsing
  • Parse complex XML data to enforce policies based on embedded content.
  • Support for offload and acceleration of XSL Transformation (XSLT)

Java Extensions
  • Re-use existing Java code libraries to execute business rules against online transactions.
  • Supports any language that can target the embedded JVM, including Java, Python, Ruby, and many others.

Global Load Balancing
  • Automatic failover to an alternative datacenter or cloud deployment for business continuity.
  • Improve service performance by location-based traffic routing and performance-sensitive load balancing.

Route Health Injection
  • Rapid service redirection to alternate service hosts, to maintain service availability and low-latency networking

Enterprise Edition Features
Web Accelerator Express
  • Simple content optimization to accelerate the delivery of most web pages, requiring no configuration or tuning.

Web Accelerator
  • Comprehensive Web Content Optimization (WCO) technologies, to accelerate page load times up to 4x for HTML applications.
  • WCO profiles can be customized for each application. including Microsoft SharePoint, content management systems and cloud applications.

Web Application Firewall
  • Scalable Layer-7 Web Application Firewall (WAF) to apply business rules to online traffic
  • Inspect and block attacks such as SQL injection and cross- site scripting (XSS)
  • Help achieve compliance with PCI-DSS and HIPAA and other regulatory requirements.

Kerberos Constrained Delegation
  • Support for Common Access Cards (CAC) to provide seamless access to services that use Kerberos for authentication.

FIPS
  • Embedded FIPS 140-2 level 1 cryptographic module per FIPS 140-2 implementation guidance section g.5 guidelines, to support deployments that require FIPS 140-2 level 1 compliance.