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"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."

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"I think installation only took a couple of minutes — no more than 10 minutes."

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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.""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."

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"The scaling should be built into the software rather than configured from an outside source."

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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.""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."

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"Compared to other similar solutions on the market, I think it's over-priced."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: It's a very friendly solution, easy to configure and it's very flexible.
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: I think installation only took a couple of minutes — no more than 10 minutes.
Top Answer: Their license fee has gone up, so that is one concern that we have. We are looking for alternative solutions which compare well and fit into our budget. We are interested in an open-source version… more »
Top Answer: We use NGINX as solution for load balancing our cluster production. Currently, we don't have any plans to increase the usage because each license costs around $2000 - $2500.
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Thunder ADC, AX Series
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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.

NGINX Plus is the all‑in‑one application delivery platform for the modern application development.

NGINX is the world’s most popular all‑in‑one application delivery platform for the modern application development. NGINX Plus adds enterprise-ready features for HTTP, TCP, and UDP load balancing, such as session persistencehealth checksadvanced monitoring, and management to give you the freedom to innovate without being constrained by infrastructure.

NGINX Plus is a cloud‑native, reverse proxy, load balancer, and API gateway. NGINX Plus boasts scalable and reliable high availability along with monitoring to support debugging and diagnosing complex application architectures. Active health checks proactively poll upstream server status to get ahead of issues, and the integrated live activity monitoring dashboard provides a single‑pane view of your app environment. The NGINX Plus API enables integration with existing tools, optimizing resources and reducing tool sprawl.

NGINX Plus extends NGINX Open Source with many additional features and support, providing customers with a complete application delivery solution.

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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
Locaweb, AppNexus, Wix, Reliam, Montana Interactive, MuleSoft, Warpwire, Discovery Education, InkaBinka, WordPress.com, Gogo, GOV.UK, NASA
Top Industries
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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%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider28%
Computer Software Company24%
Financial Services Firm8%
Government5%
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Small Business25%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise56%
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Small Business86%
Large Enterprise14%
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A10 Networks Thunder ADC is ranked 5th in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) with 8 reviews while NGINX Plus is ranked 7th in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) with 1 review. A10 Networks Thunder ADC is rated 8.4, while NGINX Plus is rated 8.0. 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 NGINX Plus writes "A reliable solution for load balancing, cluster production and more". A10 Networks Thunder ADC is most compared with F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM), Citrix ADC, Kemp LoadMaster, Radware Alteon and HAProxy, whereas NGINX Plus is most compared with IIS, F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM), Kemp LoadMaster, HAProxy and JBoss Enterprise Application Platform.

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