A10 Networks Lightning ADC Overview

A10 Networks Lightning ADC is the #14 ranked solution in our list of top Application Delivery Controllers. It is most often compared to A10 Networks Thunder ADC: A10 Networks Lightning ADC vs A10 Networks Thunder ADC

What is A10 Networks Lightning ADC?

A cloud-native, software-defined solution that provides integrated advanced load-balancing, performance optimization, application security and per-application analytics to increase operational agility and application performance.

A10 Networks Lightning ADC is also known as Lightning ADS.

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Faisal Ghias Mir
Senior Architect at EMumba
Real User
Oct 22, 2020
Great integration capabilities for those with the the know-how

What is our primary use case?

We've dealt with the reverse proxy before; it pretty much goes in that direction. It has a load balancer component for the reverse proxy which allows us to do some content caching. These are use cases that I have experience with. The native method is something else that you don't see with the traditional NGINX controllers, the proprietary version, as well as the open-source version. When I started this project, I wanted to see what steps needed to be taken in order to add a third-party application into Harmony Controller. To begin with, I just put a simple web server in it. I just tried to set… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "What I like about Lightning ADC, is that instead of having a big appliance sitting in front of the Kubernetes cluster, Lightning can pretty much go inside of Kubernetes."
  • "A10 documentation is not as open and accessible as AWS and Azure documentation is."

What other advice do I have?

I think most people use NGINX. It's pretty much open-source and there is no cost barrier. But for the enterprise edition, it's another story. If you already have experiences in NGINX, you can probably easily configure it onto the lightning ADC controller. It's a good IT solution. I think it requires a license to integrate it with other things. Most of the people that I see here in Pakistan, in the industry, use NGINX on the front-end. Lightning ADC is pretty much for clients not residing in Pakistan, but residing in America — the licensing is not cheap. On a scale from one to ten, I would give…