Product Elevator Pitch What is it: Product overview Data Center appliance used to accelerate the delivery of web-based applications over the internet and across WANs. Target Market: Customer profile and deployment opportunity Beneficial to any Enterprise organization that delivers critical web applications to end users over WAN or internet links. Why is it Needed: Customer issues Distributing increasing amounts of content to remote users over a link with any degree of latency consumes excessive resources (specifically end user productivity and network bandwidth). Value Proposition: Customer benefits Improve end user Quality of Experience and Productivity, reduce bandwidth requirements and cost, eliminate branch server deployments, offload server resources to maximize investment and institute corporate application service level agreements. Product Solutions: Bundling options Nortel Application Switch, Business Continuity System, Microsoft OWA and Microsoft SharePoint (via MSFT) and Nortel Professional Services (Application Performance Engineering). Pricing: Price range (MSRP) $28,990 for the low end and $39,990 for the high end.
What is It?
The Nortel Application Accelerator is an appliance that is deployed in the data center to accelerate and optimize business critical web-based applications.
It provides asymmetrical acceleration and acts as a proxy for the web traffic to improve end-user quality of experience (fingertips to eyeballs response) by improving web-based application performance typically from 5-20 times.
Why is it Needed?
Web Services are significantly on the rise with virtually all Enterprises at least investigating web services.
Distributed workforce continues to rise.
The largest driver for application acceleration is to address the challenge of delivering this increasing amount of content to remote users in a cost-effective and manageable manner.
What Are the Benefits?
End user productivity is a benefit that is hard to quantify but if we take the middle example below this user was able to retrieve their document from Europe in 15 seconds instead of 285 seconds or an 18x improvement.
This specific real life example includes a 4x reduction in bytes which allows for additional users on the link or even allows the network administrator to reduce their monthly bandwidth requirement and cost.
Who Needs It?
Any Enterprise that has or is planning a roll out of a web application can benefit from the system.
Large Enterprises with large web applications can benefit from the system.
This scenario has a large distribution of users with critical business applications that are accessed over a web front end (ex. Email via Outlook Web Access or document management via SharePoint).
Some verticals are more addressable than others. For instance E-Commerce/Retail and Financial are much more addressable than Education.
Financial has a large number of web applications and significant distribution (branches) of workforce.
E-Commerce/Retail has a mandate to provide end user Quality of Experience as a competitive advantage.
What Questions Should I Ask?
Do you have any applications that are delivered over the web either internally or externally (http or https)?
MSFT Outlook Web Access, MSFT SharePoint, IBM WebSphere, any internal applications (internal examples include GlobalWeb or Livelink) perhaps?
Are these applications delivered to any users over a remote link?
Branch office, home user, remote user, customer or partner perhaps?
Have you or are you planning on introducing any web-services (XML based SOA implementations)?
If the answer to any of the above questions are YES then the Nortel Application Accelerator can help improve end user Quality of Experience up to 20x and reduce web bandwidth requirements up to 90%.
What Objections May be Raised?
Symmetrical Acceleration provides better results and is all I need.
Symmetrical Acceleration is extremely costly, does not serve remote users, small branches, partners or customers nor does symmetrical acceleration provide the improvements to web traffic that the Nortel Application Accelerator can provide.
Nortel Application Accelerator can complement symmetrical implementations where appropriate (larger branches) and can further reduce traffic going through symmetrical acceleration.
Web traffic is not that critical to us.
Web traffic has come full circle and there is a significant resurgence. It is not just 1998 web technology that is addressed here. XML and SOA (web-services) are key to all organizations right now and these are all delivered to the end-user as web (http and https). There is significant growth occurring now.
You don’t have as many features as the competition.
Many features that the competitors offer are not only not useful but actually degrade application performance (ex browser multiplexing or TCP multiplexing).
Nortel’s philosophy is to only include those features that actually improve application performance and are manageable to minimize total cost of ownership.
What Are the Key Features?
SSL Acceleration works in hardware and frees the server from doing this work which significantly reduces the load on the server.
Server Load Balancing
Distributes the client traffic efficiently across multiple web servers to ensure optimized use of the application server infrastructure.
Reduces the size of the objects before sending to the client and incorporates factors such as time to compress and compression levels in order to optimize delivery to consistently ensure enhanced application performance.
Browser Cache Offload with Version Control
Intelligence to instruct the end users browser to cache content locally to eliminate object requests over the network link. Also includes controls to instruct the client to request changed content even for objects that are embedded in their long-term cache.
Delivers only the portion of the content that has changed at the binary level to minimize the amount of data that must traverse the network.
Tested, proven and certified acceleration rules created for specific off-the-shelf applications to reduce operational expenditures (pre-canned).
Detailed reports clearly identifying the data reduction and performance improvements achieved.
What is the Product Up-Sell Opportunity?
Application Acceleration License enables support for:
Browser Cache Offload and Version Control
The solution supports clustering to not only scale the system but simultaneously provide resiliency so multiple units should be pitched.
The recommended deployment model is to use with a Nortel Application Switch (this cost has been factored into the pricing strategy).
The model of Nortel Application Switch (NAS) will depend on network characteristics.
The NAS should provide advanced Application Switching and Security functions.
The NAS ITM license should be recommended to provide traffic management services to limit non-critical traffic while prioritizing critical application traffic.
For implementations that have a branch office component with medium to large size branch offices, recommend the Nortel Business Continuity System to provide Wide Area File Services and Branch Office Critical Core Services (Active Directory, Print, DHCP, DNS, WINS).
Nortel Professional Services should be recommended for the creation of custom Application Profiles as well as any other detailed application performance analysis (not restricted to just web applications).
What is the Solution Up-Sell Opportunity?
Is This the Right Product?
If the customers primary goal is SSL Acceleration then the Nortel Application Accelerator is the right choice.
If the customer currently has a Nortel ISD310 or ISD410 (which are no longer supported) then the Nortel Application Accelerator is the right choice.
If the customer requires both SSL Acceleration and the need to offer remote access services then the Nortel VPN Gateway is the right choice.
If the customer is looking for symmetrical WAN Acceleration then the right choice is the Nortel Application Accelerator along with the Nortel Business Continuity Switch.
Which Model Should I Sell?
NAA-510 has no redundant power, disks or fan trays whereas the NAA-610 does.
NAA-610 is suited to environments that require more than 2000 SSL TPS.
NAA-610 is suited to environments that have more than 4000 concurrent users accessing an accelerated web service.
NAA-610 is suited for environments where user response time is the primary factor (as it has 4 processing cores which accelerates compression).
A nice option is to provide both resiliency and scalability by offering a cluster of NAA-510’s.
Creating application profiles takes significant expertise, time and cost. Nortel utilizes dedicated development and test engineers to work with the application vendors to build the most optimal profiles. Furthermore, only the Nortel Application Accelerator can add Application Profiles on the fly without any code upgrades.
In-house applications can benefit extensively from acceleration but still require analysis and profile work. Nortel has a dedicated team of Application Performance Engineers capable of creating any custom application profile required as well as the expertise to further analyze the actual application and make other server side and network recommendations.
There is no single product to fulfill all networking needs and many of the competition are niche players without access to the breadth and depth of portfolio that Nortel has to offer to deliver end-to-end solutions.
We will accept an open challenge from ANY vendor on configuration, implementation and supportability ease-of-use. We have the competitive products in our labs and have seen them all. 20 minutes to install and provision the Nortel Application Accelerator versus multiple days for the competition is not an exaggeration.
Organizations that are looking towards a solution approach and single vendor network supplier.
Target existing Nortel Application Switch (Alteon) install base of more than 60K units.
Ease-of-use: WebAccelerator is still a very manual system which requires operational expertise whereas the Nortel Application Accelerator does not. The Application Profiles for NAA are much more complete.
Performance: The NAA acceleration improvements are proven to be closer to 20x (over 300ms links) whereas F5 statements are closer to 4x (over 400ms links).
Competitor Product (s): WebAccelerator (Swanlabs)
No standalone server load balancing.
Limited SSL support with SSL offload only (no support for certificate management etc).
No Centralized Management or Single System Image support.
No low-end platform.
On paper F5 is feature rich and very close to NAA at first glance.
F5 has a WebAccelerator Module for their Big-IP even though its performance is not even capable of low-end.
More Application Profiles listed.
Pricing and Product Codes
Nortel Application Accelerator 510
MSRP $ 18,995
WPP $ 11,871
Nortel Application Accelerator 610
MSRP $ 29,995
WPP $ 13,498
Application Acceleration License
30-day demo license is available
MSRP $ 9,995
WPP $ 6,247
Pass Through Services
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Return & Replace GL5300000
Next Business Day GF5300000
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4-hour 7x24 GH5300000
Pass Through Services with Labor
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Partner Managed Services
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Partner Managed Services with Labor
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4-hour 7x24 GN5500000
Key Wins, Case Studies and References
Pre-GA so none at this time.
Nortel IS – Application Performance Engineering
Who can I contact if I need help?
Product Line Manager Product Marketing Manager
Dale O’Grady Dan Schrader
613.765.5584 (ESN 395) 408.495.2065 (ESN 265)
Where can I find more information?
Nortel GlobalWeb Product Portal under Application Acceleration