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Find out what your peers are saying about A10 Networks Thunder ADC vs. NGINX Plus and other solutions. Updated: November 2019.
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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.
Its most valuable features are load balancing and application delivery. This is the most efficient application for these features because of stability and its efficiency.
NGINX works much better than HAProxy in our current hardware and architecture for HTTP/HTTPS load balancing.
The robust software architecture allows for it to be scalable and very stable.
The flexibility of its modules allow it to be scalable.
Zero Downtime has always been a strength in recommending infrastructure web services. NGINX allows me to execute such infrastructure with less complications and the ability to switch from server to server easily.
When I worked in a security research center, we tested NGINX to support DoS and DDoS attacks, and its results were great.
Valuable features include authentication, caching, reverse proxy routing, and load balancing.
The best solution, by far, for web traffic control for things in production and just around the house.
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.
They should do in the open source version of what they did to Advanced HTTP, TCP, and UDP load balancing.
Our most challenging part was to run an older PHP website reverse-proxied through NGINX. That was not fun.
If NGINX brings some features for health check in the open source version, it would be better.
Make modules easier to enable or disable. The beauty and ugly side of the NGINX modules is you have to know how to compile the module. For beginners or non-very technical aspirant(s) going for NGINX, they have to learn how to compile the modules.
I would like it to have a more user-friendly graphical interface.
The biggest room for improvement would be to allow NGINX Core machines to cluster for memory zones in some way with a plug and play module.
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.
NGINX is a free tool in Brazil. There are some companies which do support it.
The price is the cost to contract support with a specialized company, usually during consulting hours.
NGINX Plus is worth it, if you need it. If you do not need the features or support, the free and open source package is more than capable.
I am not so happy with their pricing policy, but this is not the worse thing in my life. I can tolerate it.
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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.
NGINX Plus is the all‑in‑one application delivery platform for the modern web.
NGINX is the world’s most popular open source web server and load balancer for high‑traffic sites, powering over 200 million properties.
NGINX Plus adds enterprise-ready features for, such as , , , and to give you the freedom to innovate without being constrained by infrastructure.
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