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Swisslos Manages Jackpot Web Traffic With Next-Gen Load Balancing and Security From Avi Networks
[March 13, 2018]

Swisslos Manages Jackpot Web Traffic With Next-Gen Load Balancing and Security From Avi Networks

Swiss lottery company Swisslos has deployed Avi Networks' next-gen Application Delivery Platform to modernize its network and deliver great customer experiences, particularly during the huge spikes in online traffic surrounding jackpots. Avi's elastic software load balancer and intelligent Web Application Firewall (iWAF) enable Swisslos to vastly improve the performance and security of its online gaming properties, ensuring tickets can be purchased at peak times while reducing operating costs.

Swisslos needed modern, software-defined systems to keep pace with the unpredictable loads on IT infrastructures the lottery business can generate. When jackpots grow to large sums, public interest and web traffic can spike. This was a challenge for its hardware-constrained infrastructure.

"We couldn't adequately balance peak loads and offer the required flexibility and automation," said Joris Vuffray, Head of Network and System Management for Swisslos. "The lack of elasticity was impacting our ability to deliver our services to customers of our internet gaming platform."

Swisslos was unable to scale its capacity quickly due to the time required to configure and deploy physical appliances. Swisslos required software-defined solutions for load balancing and web application security and discovered Avi Networks could provide both.

"Swisslos was able to deploy the Avi solution within two hours," Vuffray said. "We quickly saw the advantages: the load balancer and WAF are extremely user-friendly, Avi's analytics give an immediate picture of application performance, and the solutions were designed from the ground up for automation."

Swisslos also cut its costs by 60 percent compared to the previous vendor, and application troubleshooting now takes less than half the time than was required using the old solutions.

"Unlike hardware-confined tools that are discrete, manual, and resource-intensive, Avi Networks provides visibility, automation, and control that scales with applications across any environment. Our application delivery and iWAF solutions deliver elasticity, intelligence, and cost-savings," said Frank Mild, Director Central Europe at Avi Networks. "We're very happy that we could support the Swisslos IT team with its task of architecting a modern data center, replacing legacy hardware with software-defined components - enabling them to serve their customers better."

About Avi Networks

Avi Networks completes enterprises' digital transformation with its smart load balancer and modern application services. Avi's Vantage Platform is deployed across data centers and clouds, delivering better elasticity, intelligence, and cost savings by providing granular per-tenant and per-app services. Customers enjoy 5X faster application rollouts, actionable analytics, and 70% lower cost. Avi is backed by leading investors including Greylock, Lightspeed, Menlo, and DAG Ventures.

About Swisslos

Swisslos is a Swiss lottery company which offers lotteries, sports bets, and instant tickets in the entire territory of German-speaking Switzerland, Ticino, and the Principality of Liechtenstein. Swisslos structures its range of games in a socially responsible manner and transfers its entire net profit to the mandating cantons and the Principality of Liechtenstein to support public causes. Swisslos pays out more than 600 million Francs in prize money to lottery winners every year.

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