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Chris Cummings
Real User
Director of Information Technology at Klein Independent School District
Aug 27 2019

What is most valuable?

With the Thunder SSLi, we're better protected. We can stop use of VPN and proxies. We are better protected against dirty traffic coming back to our schools. Having a… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It changed the way that we treat external traffic. Before this solution, students used VPNs and proxies. They could do whatever they wanted and we would never know which… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like them to have a better UI (better universal design). Better never stops.

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

When you purchase the equipment, you purchase the licensing and warranty. It's all fairly standard. We haven't been caught with anything surprising.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

SSL decryption was one of the biggest pieces that we took advantage of. We originally tried to do SSL decryption through our firewalls. Because of our size, we currently… more»

What other advice do I have?

Before you go with any product, especially when it comes to security and the ability to shore up initiatives, sit down and do a gap analysis. Understand the environment… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

There was a competitive process that went to bid.
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.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you 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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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»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you 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»
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»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you 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
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.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you 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»
Real User
Senior Network Architect at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Apr 17 2018

What is most valuable?

The Deterministic CGNAT feature.

How has it helped my organization?

It solved the CGNAT performance issues and, within two years, it had no problems and no outages.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see the scalability numbers for the virtualized version which are comparable to those I noted in my answer on "Scalability."

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We used F5 load-balancers for the same purpose before, but those devices weren’t meant to be built for CGNAT. F5 devices built for CGNAT were also functioning well according to PoC tests.

What other advice do I have?

I would advise doing comprehensive PoC tests for your specific purpose, for all products.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

F5.
Consultant
Security Consultant & IT Professional at Sistemas Aplicativos, SISAP
Jan 24 2019

What do you think of A10 Networks Thunder ADC?

What is most valuable?

The load balancing, proxies, and internal proxies are valuable features. 

What needs improvement?

Improvement of the grid look Intuitive UI Syntax  Configuring

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is very stable. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is really good. You can easily unify many devices at once. ADCs are simple to configure and each device is powerful. We have two engineers managing and monitoring multiple systems and it works well for us. 

How is customer service and technical support?

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' 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.

Also known as
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