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"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.""We have several proxies in our environment, so we localized internet traffic between these proxies. Instead of getting a really huge proxy box, according to our size, we can use three boxes and share the traffic with A10's load-balancer feature.""Its most valuable feature is its ability to do its job accurately, effectively, and very quickly. The amount of traffic that we have going through our system is astounding... The delay with the SSL decryption turned on is almost unnoticeable."

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"The most valuable feature is the Fail-to-Network (FTN) option, which means that if for any reason the appliance goes down then there is no interruption in traffic.""The most valuable feature is the Fail-to-Network (FTN) option, which means that if for any reason the appliance goes down then there is no interruption in traffic.""One of the most valuable aspects of this solution is that it's easy to deploy without a lot of complications."

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"I would like them to have a better UI (better universal design).""It would be great if it supported SSL operations according to Active Directory users. For example, if we want to bypass one of the servers or a client's internet access for SSL interception, we have to do it according to the IP address. It would be better if we could do it according to the Active Directory username. A10 says they kind of support that but we haven't tested it.""There is one thing I would like to see changed. In their features for setting things up, there is a templating system that would normally assist clients. However, we had a better time setting up the device either through the command line or through the interface and not using the templates that were pre-installed. So there is room for improvement to the templates for initial installation."

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"Technical support needs to be improved.""From the operations perspective, they have to come up with easier ways so that the operational guys can easily manage it."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"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.""Our licensing costs, yearly, are just under $15,000. Your initial cost of acquisition is obviously going to be more than $15,000..."

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"Licensing fees are billed annually and we purchased a three-year license."

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Top Answer: Its most valuable feature is its ability to do its job accurately, effectively, and very quickly. The amount of traffic that we have going through our system is astounding... The delay with the SSL… more »
Top Answer: Our licensing costs, yearly, are just under $15,000. The licensing that we have is based upon what we need to do more than anything else. We have a URL categorization license and an SSL decryption… more »
Top Answer: There is one thing I would like to see changed. In their features for setting things up, there is a templating system that would normally assist clients. However, we had a better time setting up the… more »
Top Answer: One of the most valuable aspects of this solution is that it's easy to deploy without a lot of complications.
Top Answer: Licensing fees are billed annually and we purchased a three-year license. Five-year licenses are also available.
Top Answer: Technical support needs to be improved. I would like to see a graphical trace or view of the issues. It has to be in the simplest language because a lot of network and security operations people do… more »
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Overview

SSL encrypted traffic is growing, rendering most security devices ineffective.
Gain visibility into encrypted traffic with SSL Insight and stop potential threats.

The Symantec SSL Visibility Appliance is a high-performance transparent proxy for Secure Socket Layer (SSL) network communications. You install the SSL Visibility Appliance in the network and attach one or more security devices to it. The SSL Visibility Appliance is able to decrypt the SSL traffic, enabling the attached security appliances to see the plaintext (that is, the original unencrypted data) in SSL encrypted connections. It eliminates the blind spot created by encrypted traffic, enables your organization to combat the threats hidden within SSL, while preserving user privacy and regulatory compliance. Powerful policies allow you to bypass specific types of traffic (such as financial or healthcare data) to maintain employee data privacy.

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Find out what your peers are saying about A10 Networks Thunder SSLi vs. Symantec SSL Visibility Appliance and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
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A10 Networks Thunder SSLi is ranked 1st in SSL/TLS Decryption with 3 reviews while Symantec SSL Visibility Appliance is ranked 2nd in SSL/TLS Decryption with 2 reviews. A10 Networks Thunder SSLi is rated 9.0, while Symantec SSL Visibility Appliance is rated 7.0. The top reviewer of A10 Networks Thunder SSLi 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 Symantec SSL Visibility Appliance writes "Enhanced our threat detection rates and does not interrupt our traffic on failure, but it needs to be easier to manage". A10 Networks Thunder SSLi is most compared with F5 BIG-IP, F5 SSL Visibility and Fortinet FortiADC , whereas Symantec SSL Visibility Appliance is most compared with F5 SSL Visibility and GigaSMART SSL TLS Decryption. See our A10 Networks Thunder SSLi vs. Symantec SSL Visibility Appliance report.

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