We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"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."
"We really like the performance of this solution."
"I like the way this solution handles multiple SSLs in different domains while still load balancing."
"The base feature of Kemp LoadMaster load balancing ticks all the boxes but the most valuable features would be the security features Intrusion Prevention (IPS) and Web Application Firewall (WAF)."
"I like that this is a Network Load Balancer that can be used practically with any application in the backend. They have how-to guides on how to set up Kemp NLB with Exchange, but you can use it as well for Sharepoint, RDS, or any other back end server."
"The most valuable feature that I found is the load balancing feature, it is the core function of the product."
"When you configure the listening services, you can implement a lot of security features like the Edge Security Pack that intercepts the requests and processes those before they are sent to the real servers."
"The configuration is really easy and the web portal is self-explanatory."
"The most valuable feature so far has been the high-availability options that allowed us to add an additional Kemp LoadMaster VLM virtual appliance into our VMware vSphere environment, to provide failover for our existing LoadMaster."
"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."
"The GUI is rather technical and complex, so it could be improved by making it simpler and more user-friendly."
"Although Kemp is very user-friendly, it lacks a more custom configuration."
"Overall, the Kemp LoadMaster has been an all-rounder great product and stable. The free trial and virtual edition make it a breeze for any potential customer to give it a spin before actually deciding to put it on the infrastructure or even talk to the CFO."
"The product is really good as-is out of the box. If there is one thing I would change is to have the license file not be coupled with the MAC address of the device. This is actually not really useful in a virtual environment where if you have a single VM with KEMP LoadMaster and you have not set up static MAC Address, if you, for example, recreate the VM and just load the disk file on a new VM it will get new MAC address and the NLB will not work as it will not see a proper license."
"Third, the password history restriction needs improvement. For example, the password policy will restrict the user to always use a unique password combination. The password should not be reused for a minimum of three generations of passwords."
"It would be helpful if there were a way to incorporate tooltips on the fields so that we don't have to dig through documentation."
"I think there should be more visual instructions on how to configure advanced features."
"The only thing that I miss is that the TMG server was giving me live information about who is connected and what is the request about."
"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."
"The license varies according to the number of megabits."
"Licensing is yearly and I am going to guess that it is CAN $2000.00."
"Any decent product will cost money and if you want great support and a great product, then you will want to spend the money on it."
"Nowadays, going with the virtual appliance is the easiest way and the cost is reasonable."
"They have multiple tiers of licensing and you can upgrade it easily."
"Pricing for the perpetual licensing was fair to us for the features and ease of use we received."
"This product has good value and features for the money."
"The setup cost and pricing plan is reasonable and will ultimately give you a worthy return."
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.
A10 Networks Thunder ADC is ranked 5th in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) with 8 reviews while Kemp LoadMaster is ranked 2nd in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) with 31 reviews. A10 Networks Thunder ADC is rated 8.4, while Kemp LoadMaster is rated 9.6. 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 Kemp LoadMaster writes "Intuitive interface and can be used practically with any application in the backend". A10 Networks Thunder ADC is most compared with F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM), Citrix ADC, Radware Alteon, Fortinet FortiADC and NGINX Plus, whereas Kemp LoadMaster is most compared with HAProxy, NGINX Plus, F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM), Fortinet FortiADC and Loadbalancer.org. See our A10 Networks Thunder ADC vs. Kemp LoadMaster report.
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