Press release

Array Networks Enhances Office 365 Support with Deep Packet Inspection for Intelligent Identification and Routing, ADFS and SAML

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Networks Inc.
today announced support for intelligent Microsoft
Office 365 traffic identification and routing for the company’s APV
Series Application Delivery Controllers (ADCs) with the latest ArrayOS
version software release. In addition, Array ADCs offer
Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) single sign-on to provide
unified secure access across all Microsoft applications.

As a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offering, Microsoft Office 365
presents a number of challenges for IT administrators. Direct
connectivity to the cloud service is recommended, without passing
traffic through data loss prevention and other network- or cloud-based
security services. Each user can create ten or more connections to
various Office 365 services, which can introduce latency and high
traffic loads. In addition, secure user access to the service is of
utmost importance, but can require multiple and repeated logins that
impact the user experience.

Accurate identification of Office 365 traffic is key to ensuring correct
routing and processing. The new APV Series software release utilizes
deep packet inspection to go beyond evaluation of IP packets at Layers 4
and below to examine non-standard port numbers, application protocols
and the contents of application data. This highly granular analysis
allows administrators to configure dedicated link load balancing for
each application protocol to prevent deterioration in quality of
critical Office 365 services due to heavy traffic loads.

Further, Array’s APV Series can act as a SAML or OAuth Service Provider
(SP), working with one or more Identity Providers (IdPs) to provide
federated authentication and single sign-on (SSO) for users across
multiple Office 365 applications and services. For example, the APV
Series can interoperate with LDAP and RADIUS servers, OAuth IdPs as well
as third-party two-factor and multifactor authentication providers.

“Office 365 has revolutionized the procurement and deployment of core
business applications, however accurately identifying, routing and
managing Office 365 traffic correctly can be a challenge for IT
departments,” said Paul Andersen, vice president of sales and marketing
for Array Networks. “Through deep packet inspection, the latest version
of the APV Series intelligently detects and identifies the wide variety
of protocols, ports and contents present in Office 365 traffic, thus
providing highly granular and accurate traffic processing while
providing secure single sign-on for an improved user experience.”

ArrayOS version 10.3.02 is available immediately for Array’s
next-generation APV x800 Series application delivery controllers.

About Array Networks

Array Networks solves performance and complexity challenges for
businesses moving toward virtualized networking, security and
application delivery. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Array addresses
the growing market demand for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV),
cloud computing, and software-centric networking. Proven at more than
5,000 worldwide customer deployments, Array is recognized by leading
analysts, enterprises, service providers and partners for pioneering
next-generation technology that delivers agility at scale. To learn
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