A10 Networks Thunder ADC Pros and Cons

A10 Networks Thunder ADC Pros

Shiven Singh
Network Manager at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
Being a public entity and having a public website which is highly visible with a lot of traffic, we are a target for DDoS. Within the last year, we have had a couple of DDoS attacks which could have affected our web traffic and taken down certain parts of our website. This did not happen because the A10 was able to mitigate the attacks using rate limiting that can be configured for DDoS mitigation on the box.
It is very useful to have a simple dashboard where you can login and look into what your traffic patterns are, then look and see what times of day you're experiencing the heaviest traffic. You can quickly identify if you are possibly having a security issue or security breach. It makes it very easy to use the box.
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Amita Mahajan
Network Analyst at Alamo Colleges
We have two appliances and I'm able to move my application from one appliance to another. I don't have to move my whole A10 to be active on the other side or to be passive on the other side. If an application is having a problem, I can just move it using a command.
We do have the option of creating virtual chassis, so that gives it a bit more security. If we find an application which is not going to play well in the main pool, we can easily create a virtual chassis and have that application in that virtual chassis. With the virtual chassis we can also create system partitions and have a test system for test applications, and have the others elsewhere.
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IgorVan Den Ouden
Network Architect at a retailer with 201-500 employees
Compared to F5, which I used about six years ago, the A10 is much easier when routing. You don't have to use the wildcard bits to route it between the different segments. It's much less troublesome to configure.
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Himanshu Rastogi
IT Head at Medi Assist
A10 explained why the latency dropped significantly on a site that we have.
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reviewer1297431
VP, Web Services and Cyber Security at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The SLB and GSLB load balancing are the most valuable features. They meet our need to do server-side load balancing and global site load balancing so we can distribute traffic, not only intra-data center, but inter-data center.
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reviewer1202652
IT Specialist at a university with 10,001+ employees
The ease of use is very good. It's very robust. It just sits and works.
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SeniorNe57cd
Senior Network Engineer at a recreational facilities and services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The Global Server Load Balancing (GSLB) is simple to use.
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SeniorNe5355
Senior Network Architect at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
The Deterministic CGNAT feature is valuable for us.
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it_user626721
Security Consultant & IT Professional at Sistemas Aplicativos, SISAP
For the past two and a half years, we have not had a need to open a tech support ticket. It is really stable. In the past, our experience with tech support was that they were extremely helpful.
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A10 Networks Thunder ADC Cons

Shiven Singh
Network Manager at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
When it comes to support, there is always room for improvement. First call resolution is not always there for urgent issues. The first call resolution is something that could be improved upon.
They need to make the user interface (GUI) a bit more usable and intuitive. Some features can be a little difficult to find at times. Sometimes, the workflow in the GUI doesn't match the workflow of an actual workflow. E.g., if I want to create a load balancer application, sometimes you've got to do things a bit out of order in the GUI in order to make it work right.
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Amita Mahajan
Network Analyst at Alamo Colleges
The solution does logging, but the logging capacity is really small. Because we have a bunch of traffic here, we usually get a logging-side warning that "This many logs were lost because of the heavy traffic." If the logging was better, that would be very good.
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IgorVan Den Ouden
Network Architect at a retailer with 201-500 employees
There is room for improvement in the GUI. I just migrated from the 2.7 software train to the 4.1, and there are still people on 2.7. The latter is a very old GUI if you compare it to F5. It's not as easy to use and a lot of things are missing. They've made a lot of improvements in the 4.1 step, but compared to the ease of use of F5, it's still quite difficult. For people who haven't got a lot of experience, the GUI can be quite challenging.
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Himanshu Rastogi
IT Head at Medi Assist
I would like them to provide learning tips and a community forum where users can share ideas. They need more detailed support articles on the A10 website.
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reviewer1297431
VP, Web Services and Cyber Security at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
In my opinion, they need to improve their cloud support. There is support for cloud, but not all functions are there, such as high-availability.
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reviewer1202652
IT Specialist at a university with 10,001+ employees
The user interface is what people complain about most of the time, particularly if they don't use it very often. Then they complain that it's a bit clunky.
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SeniorNe57cd
Senior Network Engineer at a recreational facilities and services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Traffic flow issues are very difficult, as there's no means for us to analyze the traffic coming in or out of the appliance without technical support.
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SeniorNe5355
Senior Network Architect at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
It scaled well for our numbers, up to 3 million subscribers for our most crowded region but I would like to see the same scalability numbers for the virtualized version as well.
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it_user626721
Security Consultant & IT Professional at Sistemas Aplicativos, SISAP
The setup depends on certain situations. In certain scenarios, it may be more complex than others. For example, while the initial configuration may be easy, the environment itself may be complex and that may limit the ease of deployment. It is easy for those who understand their environment.
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