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Kenneth Murray
Real User
Data Center Network Engineer at Bridgeton Board of Education and Public Schools
Jan 20 2020

What is most valuable?

Its most valuable feature is its ability to do its job accurately, effectively, and very quickly. The amount of traffic that we have going through our system is… more»

How has it helped my organization?

This is definitely a better way to go. When you have a dedicated device for SSL decryption, you're not sharing any of the resources to power anything else. When one of the… more»

What needs improvement?

There is one thing I would like to see changed. In their features for setting things up, there is a templating system that would normally assist clients. However, we had a… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Our licensing costs, yearly, are just under $15,000. The licensing that we have is based upon what we need to do more than anything else. We have a URL categorization… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We acquired the Thunder units when we got one of our content filters and needed to have the decryption in-line so that our content filter could see all of the traffic… more»

What other advice do I have?

My advice is to rely on the tech support. They're there to help and they will not abandon you. Their engineering team is very good at what it does. They're definitely… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not evaluate other, standalone SSL appliances. We have a vendor who looks at a lot of the things in the IT world and who reports their best assessment to us, based… more»
Shiven Singh
Real User
Network Manager at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 18 2019

What is most valuable?

We send all of our production web traffic through our A10. We have a major website, which is our school's website. On the website, there are many different applications… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It helps us operational when had our DDoS attack. We got a call at two o'clock in the morning one day from one of our service providers that there was a DDoS attack… more»

What needs improvement?

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… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

For the hardware and license, we paid $35,000 per box, which was a one-time cost. Then, for the Gold Support on the two boxes, we pay $9400 annually.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We previously used a Cisco solution. One of the main reasons for switching away from Cisco was the licensing model. A10 gives you global server load balancing for free… more»

What other advice do I have?

It has been a good, reliable solution for us. If you want a reliable solution that is very easy to configure and administrate, the A10 is the right choice. It is a very… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also evaluated F5 and Citrix NetScaler. The pros of A10 versus F5 are ease of use, as well as cost. F5 is much more difficult to configure. One of the pros of F5 is… more»
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Reviewer982346
Real User
Enterprise Security Manager at a mining and metals company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Nov 28 2019

What is most valuable?

A10 supports net devices. All our servers and all our end-users, after the firewall, are connecting to public IP addresses. That means the second box cannot see the source… more»

How has it helped my organization?

A10 fits our IT environment because we like to intercept some traffic at several points. For example, firewalls are doing threat interception and prevention. Our IPS also… more»

What needs improvement?

For us, it would be great if it supported SSL operations according to Active Directory users. For example, if we want to bypass one of the servers or a client's internet… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Our boxes are only dedicated to the SSL operation. We only have a subscription license for them because some of the URL categories need to be bypassed, such as banks or… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

In terms of support for our on-premise applications, we were doing SSL interception before, but we were doing it on several security boxes. For example, our firewall was… more»

What other advice do I have?

For SSL operations, if you need to intercept traffic and cover all your security network devices, it is better to use A10. It can support all SAN boxes, proxies, net… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We demo'ed Blue Coat SSL Visibility. It doesn't support net devices because it needs to see all the source IP addresses. It encrypts and decrypts the traffic according to… more»
Amita Mahajan
Real User
Network Analyst at Alamo Colleges
Sep 10 2019

What is most valuable?

The features we have used are basically for load balancing. The round-robin feature, the persistent cookies, the source IPs, source mapping, we use all of that in our situation. They also have a… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has definitely improved the way our organization performs. Our company is mostly an education institution. We have a campus and an administration where we host all the enterprise applications. With… more»

What needs improvement?

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… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We pay for it on a yearly basis. There is standard licensing for the number of controllers; that just came into existence last year. Other than that, there's just the support: Basic or Gold Support… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We were using another product. The main things that attracted us - I saw it a conference where there was a demo - were the pricing at that time, the functionality, and the stability. Of course, we… more»

What other advice do I have?

In implementing A10, you need to keep in mind your end goal, what is it that you desire? If you're looking for more DDoS, or if you're looking for more firewall-type of capabilities, then you might… more»
IgorVan Den Ouden
Real User
Network Architect at a retailer with 201-500 employees
Jan 06 2020

What is most valuable?

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… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Before A10, we didn't have any load balancing capabilities. Now we use a different partition for the DNS infrastructure with the DNS firewall. The unit uses a separate… more»

What needs improvement?

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… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

As for the initial investment in the hardware, F5 and A10 are quite similar now. For the current A10 solution, the initial cost was about $36,000. As for annual support… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

The primary reasons that we switched to A10 were that F5 wasn't 46-bit hardware-capable yet, at the time, and because of the licensing. For what we wanted to do with our… more»

What other advice do I have?

The biggest lesson I have learned using the ADC solution is the ease of routing between the different segments that are behind the solution, compared to F5. You have to… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

In terms of A10's security features, the web application firewall handles the top 10 OWASP use cases. But the ATM on the F5 is much more enhanced or comprehensive. For… more»
Himanshu Rastogi
Real User
IT Head at Medi Assist
Sep 23 2019

What is most valuable?

I use SSL, TSL, and additional offloading. With additional offloading, this is where I can put my certificate on A10, as servers don't have the capability. It has allowed… more»

How has it helped my organization?

A10 explained why the latency dropped significantly on a site that we have. It gives me information on load balancing and offloading, which provides me information on… more»

What needs improvement?

The ease of use could have been created better. Some of the UI features are very primitive. Sometimes, wrong entries will go in and stay. I gave this feedback to the team… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

There were budgetary constraints that keep us from investing in the single pane of glass traffic management feature. We saw a demo of this feature about a year to a year… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Before A10, I was using Network Load Balancing from Windows, which came pre-bundled and was primitive. I wanted to move to a professional version where I would have more… more»

What other advice do I have?

Go for it. It's always better to go with a nimble, growing company. Partner your growth with their journey. It's always beneficial for a stable setup.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have not looked into any other options.
Real User
IT Specialist at a university with 10,001+ employees
Oct 29 2019

What is most valuable?

We don't use many of the features. We're just using the basic ADC features. We're not really using anything particularly extensive on them. They sit and work most of the… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It's seamless. The solution has made things easier in terms of operations efficiency It's one less thing to worry about. It just sits and it runs.

What needs improvement?

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. It works from… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

There aren't any licensing costs associated with it. It's just an appliance and you get all the licenses with it.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Prior to this one, we had another Thunder ADC. Before that, we didn't really have a requirement for an ADC. This was the first one we ever had. We've did have some free… more»

What other advice do I have?

Do research. I'd probably look at virtual appliances if I was going forward. One thing we could do with is a proper Dev and Test environment, which we don't have. I would… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at Kemp and there was another one, but it was about ten years ago. We went with A10 because of price and support.
Real User
Senior Network Engineer at a recreational facilities and services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Sep 02 2019

What is most valuable?

The Global Server Load Balancing (GSLB) is simple to use.

How has it helped my organization?

It has provided improvement in regards to flexibility of our applications between data centers. It does improve operational efficiency, but it's not overwhelming.

What needs improvement?

It's not easy to use (mediocre at best). It's difficult for administrators to maneuver through the web user interface. It should be more intuitive through the web GUI. If you're a command line person… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It is $7000 per unit for the support annually.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We previously had F5 and switched because of costs. We are able to do the same things (as the previous solution), but it is cheaper when we have to renew.

What other advice do I have?

It does do the job, if your environment is simplistic enough. The product is fair for its market. We test and used the single pane of glass traffic management, but we don't use that now. We went away… more»
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A10 Networks' application networking, load balancing and DDoS protection solutions accelerate and secure data center applications and networks of thousands of the world's largest enterprises, service providers, and hyper scale web providers.

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