A10 Networks Thunder ADC Reviews

A10 Networks Thunder ADC is the #2 ranked solution of our top Application Delivery Controllers tools. It's rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to F5 BIG-IP - A10 Networks Thunder ADC vs F5 BIG-IP

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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 »
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 »
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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 »
reviewer445593v
Real User
User at a government with 501-1,000 employees
Apr 27 2020

What is most valuable?

One of the features that we really like is the services map, which is a way that we map traffic from the front-end virtual server to the back-end servers. Another feature… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It was our first step into having high availability. Before, we had a lot of things tied to one server. So, if that server/application were to crash, that would affect our… more »

What needs improvement?

We are starting to do a lot with containers and how the solution hooks into Kubernetes that we haven't explored. I'm hoping that they have a lot of hooks into Kubernetes… more »

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

I think people are scared to take a look at A10 because they're not F5. Now, F5 is their biggest competition. You get a lot more for your dollar with A10. So, I would tell… more »

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

We previously used a Microsoft solution. We switched because A10 has a lot more options. It is like day and night.

What other advice do I have?

Start off with Professional Services. It doesn't hurt to get 40 hours of Professional Services to help you stand it up. Usually, that's all you need. It is not a lot of… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also evaluated F5. Because we were new in the market, our decision was purely based on cost. A10 can deliver the throughput we need, so there wasn't a technical… more »
Real User
Senior Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Sep 18 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable parts of this product have to do with the efficiency of deployments and data security.

What needs improvement?

Everybody says Network Thunder works as advertised. It is just one of those things that actually performs as advertised. I take no news as good news. I do not really have any negatives. We usually like to get well-balanced reviews from people who have experience with the product and especially from… more »

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

I can just say that it is cheaper than other solutions that are supposed to do the same thing. That is actually one of the reasons that customers chose it.

What other advice do I have?

It is a pretty good product. On a scale from one to ten (where one is the worst and ten is the best), I would rate A10 Networks Thunder ADC as a nine-out-of-ten. I do not get too many complaints from customers. Giving it a nine seems fair. It works as advertised.
Real User
Network Engineer IV at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Apr 20 2020

What is most valuable?

We use the monitoring features and security features. The solution will tell us if someone tries to use the wrong password or to hack into the system. We do have firewalls in place so no incoming traffic from the outside can get in. Our firewall blocks everything coming in from the outside, but we… more »

What needs improvement?

There is room for improvement in the upgrading process. Sometimes we have to contact A10 for verification of some stuff.

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

We used F5 BIG-IPs. The switch to ADC was an upper-level decision. They wanted to change because things were outdated and it had to do with contracts and the like. The things we consider most important when funding new technology are revenue generation, customer satisfaction, operational… more »

What other advice do I have?

It's very simple to use, as long as you understand the engineering technology behind it. I would advise going with it. Make sure you have the GUI feature on it so that you can go in and do quick, at-a-glance monitoring. The solution is good for load-balancing your traffic. We don't want to overload… 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
VP, Web Services and Cyber Security at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 01 2020

What is most valuable?

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… more »

What needs improvement?

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.

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

It's a regular CapEx purchase, and annual maintenance per device.

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

Previously, we were using F5 Networks' load balancers and we moved away from them because they were not flexible and they did not provide a good value. Since we switched to A10 Networks, we have had… more »

What other advice do I have?

The biggest lesson I have learned is that even though at that time A10 was an up-and-comer, it was worth the chance. As a smaller player at the time, it provided a product that was stable and provided… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated F5 again, because it was time for a renewal. We evaluated Juniper — at the time they had a load balancing solution. We also evaluated Cisco.
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What is A10 Networks Thunder ADC?

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
Thunder ADC, AX Series
A10 Networks Thunder ADC customers

123inkt.nl, Bentley University, Box, Brainshark, Buienradar, Capgemini, CGN/LSN & NAT64, Chengdu Telecom, Club One, Code Ready, CRC Health Group, Cyso, Deutsche Telekom, Earth Class Mail, Excite, FFF Enterprises, Florence County, Framingham State University, From30

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