Compare A10 Networks Thunder ADC vs. Kemp LoadMaster

A10 Networks Thunder ADC is ranked 5th in Application Delivery Controllers with 8 reviews while Kemp LoadMaster is ranked 7th in Application Delivery Controllers with 8 reviews. A10 Networks Thunder ADC is rated 9.0, while Kemp LoadMaster is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of A10 Networks Thunder ADC writes "The SSL decryption successfully decrypts at a rate that has minimal to no impact on our end users". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Kemp LoadMaster writes "Robust, scalable, cost-effective, and has many templates for load balancing traffic of different types". A10 Networks Thunder ADC is most compared with F5 BIG-IP, Citrix NetScaler ADC and Radware Alteon, whereas Kemp LoadMaster is most compared with HAProxy , F5 BIG-IP and Citrix NetScaler ADC. See our A10 Networks Thunder ADC vs. Kemp LoadMaster report.
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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.It is very useful to have a simple dashboard where you can login and look into what your traffic patterns are, then look and see what times of day you're experiencing the heaviest traffic. You can quickly identify if you are possibly having a security issue or security breach. It makes it very easy to use the box.

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We really like the performance of this solution.The security features are the most valuable features of this solution.With Kemp 360 Central, our customers get a nice overview of their Kemp products and an easy way to upgrade firmware on all devices from a single interface.Exchange load balancing and reverse proxy for Skype for Business are key features.Edge Security Pack is valuable because of the way it separates between critical infrastructure and the public internet.​Simple to install with good documentation.There is a simplicity to the setup and configuration.It helps with efficiency and reactivity, in case of assistance needs.

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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.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 setup depends on certain situations. In certain scenarios, it may be more complex than others. For example, while the initial configuration may be easy, the environment itself may be complex and that may limit the ease of deployment. It is easy for those who understand their environment.

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The GUI is rather technical and complex, so it could be improved by making it simpler and more user-friendly.To make it a perfect ten out of ten it would need better connection logging. If there is an active connection, that there is better logging. It should also have better management monitoring tools.The auth website of ESP is really lacking. It’s not responsive (mobile friendly) and the procedure of changing the website is difficult. We tend to avoid using pre-auth for that reason.Several elements of the GUI need work. For example, if you have many content switches, it’s difficult to find the ones you need. And where is the search feature?If you want logging for SMTP traffic, you have to enable ESP, which requires you to define allowed IP addresses. That’s irritating, to say the least.It lacks an officially supported, well-written SCOM Management Pack.They need to improve the UI environment. Currently, it's hard to navigate and use product.Some documentation is out of date versus the new version, and things have been moved​.

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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.

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The license varies according to the number of megabits.It has a great price for the solution they offer.​I have control on the licensing and all the prices since I work for a partner.​KEMP gives away free trials for 30 days. This can be stretched if you want. During the test, you will have access to KEMP support.​It has a very attractive ratio of price/performance.Download Kemp's VLM trial and take it for a test drive; you will be impressed.

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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.

Kemp LoadMaster provides High Availability, Scalability and Security for Application Delivery. Optimized load balancers for Hybrid Cloud and Public Cloud deployments. Available for Microsoft Azure and Amazon AWS.

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