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Pros
"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 solution is user-friendly and the CLA troubleshooting is easier compared to other solutions.""It helps with the efficiency of application deployments and data security.""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.""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's a very friendly solution, easy to configure and it's very flexible.""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."

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"The most valuable feature is its simplicity.""Content caching and content compression are good features.""Simple to use and easy to integrate.""I like the solution's load balance with DNS intelligence.""TSL and SSL offloading are both very good features.""The most valuable feature is the SSL offloading capacity."

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Cons
"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.""There is two-factor authentication built-in, but it could be more robust.""The user interface is not as pretty as it could be.""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.""There are competitors that have more features.""There is room for improvement in the upgrading process. Sometimes we have to contact A10 for verification of some stuff.""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.""The interface and integrated custom applications can be a bit difficult."

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"The configuration is relatively complex.""The initial setup could be simplified.""It would be good if they built in a fully functional web application firewall.""Issues with SSL and encrypted traffic.""Technical support and documentation could both be improved.""FortiADC is complex to configure so the interface should be improved."

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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.""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.""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.""You get a lot more for your dollar with A10.""The price is good they are very comparative.""The price of the maintenance support is too expensive."

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"The solution could be more cost-effective."

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Questions from the Community
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 the CLA troubleshooting is easier compared to other solutions.
Top Answer: The price of the maintenance support is too expensive.
Top Answer: For ADC, any ADC can do a good job. But in case if you want to add WAF functionality to the same ADC hardware you have to look for other ADC's like F5, Imperva, Radware, Fortinet, etc. 
Top Answer: Simple to use and easy to integrate.
Top Answer: From a pricing perspective, I believe FortiADC is cheaper than the F5 and also cheaper than some of the well established load balancers. There is a subscription fee but I'm not sure of the exact cost.
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Also Known As
Thunder ADC, AX Series
FortiADC Application Delivery Controller, FortiADC
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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.

With bandwidth demand growing faster than budgets and cyber attacks constantly on the rise, it can be challenging to securely and efficiently deliver applications at the speed your users expect. Fortinet ADC appliances optimize the availability, user experience, and scalability of enterprise application delivery. They deliver fast, secure, and intelligent acceleration and distribution of even the most demanding enterprise applications.

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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
Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
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University23%
Financial Services Firm15%
Comms Service Provider15%
Insurance Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider26%
Computer Software Company25%
Government7%
Financial Services Firm5%
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Comms Service Provider32%
Computer Software Company28%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company4%
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Small Business25%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise56%
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Small Business57%
Midsize Enterprise29%
Large Enterprise14%
Find out what your peers are saying about A10 Networks Thunder ADC vs. Fortinet FortiADC and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
554,676 professionals have used our research since 2012.

A10 Networks Thunder ADC is ranked 5th in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) with 7 reviews while Fortinet FortiADC is ranked 6th in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) with 6 reviews. A10 Networks Thunder ADC is rated 8.6, while Fortinet FortiADC is rated 7.6. 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 Fortinet FortiADC writes "Great inbuilt firewall feature; content compression is limited". A10 Networks Thunder ADC is most compared with F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM), Citrix ADC, Kemp LoadMaster, Radware Alteon and HAProxy, whereas Fortinet FortiADC is most compared with Fortinet FortiWeb, F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM), Citrix ADC, Kemp LoadMaster and Loadbalancer.org. See our A10 Networks Thunder ADC vs. Fortinet FortiADC report.

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