Swisslos Manages Jackpot Web Traffic, Increases Security with Avi Networks’ Next-Gen Application Delivery Platform
Avi Networks improves lottery’s online experience, availability and performance; reduces costs by 60%
Munich — January 10, 2018 — Swiss lottery operator Swisslos can now handle the huge spikes in online traffic surrounding jackpot draws thanks to application delivery and web security systems from Avi Networks. Avi’s software-based application delivery platform enables Swisslos to vastly improve the performance 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 and poor performance was impacting our ability to deliver a great experience for 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.
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.