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"The ease of use is very good. It's very robust. It just sits and works.""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.""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.""The ADCs are pretty straightforward and easy to use. There is a GUI base where you can go in and see everything, but they also have a CLI base where you can use a command and get the information that you want, very fast.""A lot of our SSL management is done on the front-end side, so there is one pane of glass for a lot of our security certificates. It gives us visibility. It also falls under when certificates are going to expire. Even for servers that are coming down, we can see how that affects the traffic flow by using the services map.""It helps with the efficiency of application deployments and data security.""It's a very friendly solution, easy to configure and it's very flexible.""The solution is user-friendly and the CLA troubleshooting is easier compared to other solutions."

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"The most valuable features are the client VPN and content filtering.""You don't need help from Barracuda to help with the deployment. The deployment is easy.""The stability of the solution is good. I don't think we've experienced bugs, crashes, or glitches.""The solution offers multiple security features. There are machine learning features and great URL encryption. It also offers multi-protocol support against DDoS attacks.""Its recommendation about the probabilities on the website is great. It also has free probability managers for the website, which is really helpful. The protection engine, signature-based protection behavior, and analysis features are also great. It also has an ATP module for sandbox scanning and behavior analysis for file uploads.""The initial setup is pretty straightforward, especially if you enlist assistance.""We use Barracuda to protect the application. That's the main feature we use it for.""The solution has been quite stable. It's reliable."

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"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.""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.""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.""There is room for improvement in the upgrading process. Sometimes we have to contact A10 for verification of some stuff.""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. That would be the part for improvement: Marketing use cases with containers.""The user interface is not as pretty as it could be.""There is two-factor authentication built-in, but it could be more robust.""The interface and integrated custom applications can be a bit difficult."

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"The incident reporting needs to be improved.""They could improve their performance, support, and their upgrades. Their updates used to be good. Their improvements were right on the money but nowadays, the updates are minor.""The reporting aspect of the solution needs improvement. I don't find that it's very good. They could do some work on it to make it much better. It's not that the reporting isn't secure. It's just that I would prefer to store my reports for an extended period of time. Right now, that's not possible and I'd prefer it if that could change. I also would say that the reports themselves are expensive.""The documentation is lacking. It's not like what you'd get if you were using Juniper or Cisco. They need to expand on it and make it more useful.""Its interface can be better. It is not very friendly.""We've had some blocks of the application and some false positives.""Sometimes when we put it in action, we have some blogs that appear as false positives. I think that it's improving. Barracuda should minimize false positives.""The solution needs to leverage some additional features to a broader scale of software-defined networks."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"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, the F5 solution would be between $10,000 and $12,000, while the A10 is $2,200 a year for support.""You get a lot more for your dollar with A10.""We did try out the solution’s Harmony analytics and visibility controller for its one-year trial. Due to the cost, we chose not to keep it onsite.""We just pay for support in addition to our licensing.""Pricing is one of the features of the product that influence customers to use the product.""The price is good they are very comparative.""The price of the maintenance support is too expensive."

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"The price of this solution is okay.""The price of the solution is a little expensive. There is a license for this solution and it can be purchased every one, two, or five years.""While I would have to check on the price of the solution, I feel it to be okay and it matches the market price.""The price is reasonable, more so than other products."

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Top Answer: It's a very friendly solution, easy to configure and it's very flexible.
Top Answer: The interface and integrated custom applications can be a bit difficult. They need to be improved. In the next release, I would like to see improvements with the integration.
Top Answer: The solution is user-friendly and easy to set up.
Top Answer: Our clients are using the solution for internal banking software and website protection.
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Overview

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.

Barracuda Web Application Firewall is the ideal solution for organizations looking to protect web applications from data breaches and defacement. With the Barracuda Web Application Firewall, administrators do not need to wait for clean code or even know how an application works to secure their applications. Organizations can ensure robust security with a Barracuda Web Application Firewall hardware or virtual appliance, deployed either on-premises or in the cloud.

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Sample 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
Oracle, CBS, Pioneer, Hyundai, Publix, Barnes Noble, Calzedonia, Nordstrom, Samsung, Nascar
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
University23%
Financial Services Firm15%
Comms Service Provider15%
Insurance Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider26%
Government7%
Financial Services Firm5%
REVIEWERS
Comms Service Provider25%
Maritime Company25%
Wholesaler/Distributor13%
Non Profit13%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company29%
Comms Service Provider23%
Government7%
Financial Services Firm6%
Company Size
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Small Business25%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise56%
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Small Business68%
Midsize Enterprise5%
Large Enterprise26%
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A10 Networks Thunder ADC is ranked 5th in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) with 8 reviews while Barracuda Web Application Firewall is ranked 7th in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 12 reviews. A10 Networks Thunder ADC is rated 8.4, while Barracuda Web Application Firewall is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of A10 Networks Thunder ADC writes "With iRule or aFleX scripting, you can influence the complete packet instead of just a few bytes or bits". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Barracuda Web Application Firewall writes "Reliable and stable with a straightforward setup". A10 Networks Thunder ADC is most compared with F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM), Citrix ADC, Kemp LoadMaster, Radware Alteon and Avi Networks Software Load Balancer, whereas Barracuda Web Application Firewall is most compared with Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, Fortinet FortiWeb, F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM), HAProxy and Citrix ADC.

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