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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.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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.
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 SSLi 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 decryption appliances. We have a vendor who looks at a lot of the things in the IT world and who reports their best assessment to… more»
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»

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What is A10 Networks Thunder SSLi?

SSL encrypted traffic is growing, rendering most security devices ineffective.
Gain visibility into encrypted traffic with SSL Insight and stop potential threats.

Also known as
Thunder SSLi