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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.
For the past two and a half years, we have not had a need to open a tech support ticket. It is really stable. In the past, our experience with tech support was that they were extremely helpful.
The SSL Layer 7 load balancing is valuable.
We now get notifications when pool members go down, and we eliminate our downtime by not sending traffic to downed pool members.
With basic network knowledge, our required system functionality can be configured and maintained.
The load balancers have an easy installation and a relatively simple, easy user interface to use.
We have about 30,000 connections going through at any one time and it's fine, it doesn't seem to sweat. It doesn't get overloaded.
Most important for us that it makes sure that the load is distributed and that we always have access to the end servers.
The user interface precludes need to be well versed with Linux IPVS command line. This make it easy for junior team members to participate in managing load balancing needs.
It does what it’s supposed to do which is balancing an important intranet site we are using, so if one server dies, the second becomes active straight away.
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.
It scaled well for our numbers, up to 3 million subscribers for our most crowded region but I would like to see the same scalability numbers for the virtualized version as well.
Originally we had some stability issues with it, so they replaced it with a new box and it's fine.
I would like a notification when a new version of the software is available. They told me to sign up for their newsletter, but I have not received any notification for a newer software version.
Possibly a more graphical overview page (with colors) to give a two second overview to see if everything is working fine.
The automatic refresh of the System Overview webpage: It sometimes has an extra webpage reload (after a change) before you see it is executed. This can be confusing.
They're mostly designed to balance a particular type of traffic. I wanted to load balance DNS, and they just don't do it the way that we wanted to. So they're not used as DNS load balancers.
It would be great if there was a way to gain access to the graphing data, to create custom reports. If we had a way to use the graphing data, we could use it to present certain information to our client, such as the uptime status for their service.
If I have to say something, I suppose they could add an automated configuration backup to an FTP location (or something similar) so you don’t have to manually do it. I don’t see this as a problem, of course, as the configuration rarely changes and we only need one backup, but maybe for other users that feature would be handy.
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.
They're not the cheapest, not the most expensive, but I think value-wise, they're 100%.
It filled a requirement for our project, and it did so at lesser cost than their competitors.
These guys make their pricing scheme really easy.
It is inexpensive, and even their “unlimited” version, the VA MAX is still far cheaper than competitors.
I love that they do not price on some arbitrary throughput rating where you are guessing at what the load balancer is going to handle.
We've got an unlimited license, which doesn't costs that much compared to other vendors, and we don't have to buy it again.
It was easy to upgrade the license for unlimited clusters and servers. Pricing is fair.
I think it’s very affordable.
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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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