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Find out what your peers are saying about A10 Networks Thunder ADC vs. FortiADC and other solutions. Updated: November 2019.
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We have several proxies in our environment, so we localized internet traffic between these proxies. Instead of getting a really huge proxy box, according to our size, we can use three boxes and share the traffic with A10's load-balancer feature.
The ease of use is very good. It's very robust. It just sits and works.
A10 explained why the latency dropped significantly on a site that we have.
We have two appliances and I'm able to move my application from one appliance to another. I don't have to move my whole A10 to be active on the other side or to be passive on the other side. If an application is having a problem, I can just move it using a command.
We do have the option of creating virtual chassis, so that gives it a bit more security. If we find an application which is not going to play well in the main pool, we can easily create a virtual chassis and have that application in that virtual chassis. With the virtual chassis we can also create system partitions and have a test system for test applications, and have the others elsewhere.
The Global Server Load Balancing (GSLB) is simple to use.
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 secure decrypt zone with the equipment lowers the chances that our security infrastructure could possibly miss an attack.
Being a public entity and having a public website which is highly visible with a lot of traffic, we are a target for DDoS. Within the last year, we have had a couple of DDoS attacks which could have affected our web traffic and taken down certain parts of our website. This did not happen because the A10 was able to mitigate the attacks using rate limiting that can be configured for DDoS mitigation on the box.
Key features include SSL Offloading, VM availability, and L7 load balancing.
The main feature that we use is GSLB (Global Server Load Balancing). GSLB makes the customer's network more reliable by scaling applications across multiple datacenters. GSLB as a disaster recovery solution can direct traffic based on site availability.
Because ADC is the intermediary between the servers and the end-user application, it gives thorough information about the traffic, what the problem is.
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 access for SSL interception, we have to do it according to the IP address. It would be better if we could do it according to the Active Directory username. A10 says they kind of support that but we haven't tested it.
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.
I would like them to provide learning tips and a community forum where users can share ideas. They need more detailed support articles on the A10 website.
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 traffic." If the logging was better, that would be very good.
Traffic flow issues are very difficult, as there's no means for us to analyze the traffic coming in or out of the appliance without technical support.
I would like them to have a better UI (better universal design).
When it comes to support, there is always room for improvement. First call resolution is not always there for urgent issues. The first call resolution is something that could be improved upon.
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 doesn't match the workflow of an actual workflow. E.g., if I want to create a load balancer application, sometimes you've got to do things a bit out of order in the GUI in order to make it work right.
The user interface could be more friendly and CLI could be more like that of Fortigate.
I think it would be helpful if Fortinet put more video examples on their cookbook site.
The L7 Persistent load-balancing algorithm has not worked for me after having tested it many times with my customer's in-house application. I'd like to suggest that the company make sure that all load-balancing algorithms work properly with most applications, even those that are in-house apps.
Setup could be easier. The company's homework is to redesign those menus to configure with the smallest number of steps.
Pricing and Cost Advice
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 and a half ago.
It is $7000 per unit for the support annually.
We previously had F5 and switched because of costs.
We always pay for support. Any organization of our size who doesn't is asking for problems.
When you purchase the equipment, you purchase the licensing and warranty. It's all fairly standard. We haven't been caught with anything surprising.
One of the main reasons for switching away from Cisco was the licensing model. A10 gives you global server load balancing for free, while Cisco charged a significant licensing fee for that.
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.
The pricing is a third of the price of the F5 competition.
Compared to F5, FortiADC pricing is better.
The price is competitive
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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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