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A10 Networks Thunder ADC is #9 ranked solution in top Application Delivery Controllers. PeerSpot users give A10 Networks Thunder ADC an average rating of 8.4 out of 10. A10 Networks Thunder ADC is most commonly compared to F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM): A10 Networks Thunder ADC vs F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM). A10 Networks Thunder ADC is popular among the large enterprise segment, accounting for 56% of users researching this solution on PeerSpot. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a comms service provider, accounting for 25% of all views.
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What is A10 Networks Thunder ADC?

A10 Networks Thunder ADC is a dynamic application delivery controller and advanced load balancer. Thunder ADC is a value-added solution provided by A10 Networks specializing in robust, trusted, scalable application services for cloud, hybrid, edge cloud, and on-premise environments focused on improving business processes and keeping infrastructures safe. The solution consistently provides server availability, improves content delivery, and protects at-risk applications. A10 Networks Thunder ADC easily controls hybrid and multi-cloud deployments using a Polynimbus strategy to minimize difficulties and costs for IT processes, facilitating overall improved business results.

A10 Networks Thunder ADC is effective for small to medium businesses (SMBs) to large enterprises. Service providers and cloud operators are all using A10 Network ADC to manage their large and fast-growing group of business-critical applications.

A10 Networks Thunder ADC supplies L4-7 load balancing with numerous layers of security using DNS and web app firewalls, comprehensive support for advanced encryption, single sign-on (SSO) authentication, and high-performance Perfect Forward Secrecy and Error Correction Code (PFS/ECC). Thunder ADC is designed upon A10 Networks Advanced Core Operating System (ACOS®) platform to provide consistent, efficient application performance and trusted security for any environment.

A10 Networks Thunder ADC Benefits

  • Consistently accessible: A10 Networks Thunder ADC employs numerous load balancing protocols to evenly distribute workloads to all servers and works to ensure constant application functionality. User requests are monitored to ensure loads are directed to the appropriate server so that there is always a proper response delivery to content. This process ensures the applications are consistently available.

  • Global Server Load Balancing (GSLB): To ensure business processes are fully optimized at all times, A10 Networks Thunder ADC employs a dynamic Global Server Load Balancing (GSLB) process to augment server load balancing capabilities throughout global data centers for high availability and improved user experience and application tolerance.

  • Fast content delivery: A10 Networks Thunder ADC conquers the general WAN latencies, chatty policies, and redundant software programs to ensure quick and responsive service. Employees receive a fast, excellent end-user experience while the organization's business leaders get exceeded SLA mandates and increased productivity with teams working remotely and a step up on the competition.

A10 Networks Thunder ADC Features

  • Detailed Analytics: When deployed with A10 Networks Harmony Controller, Thunder ADC delivers a large selection of detailed aggregate and per-request reports in real time. The reports include popular URLs, error and health indicators, latencies, and end-to-end response times. The data is further dissected to deliver per-app reporting, availability alerts, and performance.

  • API Coverage: Thunder ADC utilizes A10 Networks REST-based aXAPIs to structure all features with 100 percent API coverage. The resulting interface is then used to seamlessly integrate custom or third-party management solutions, such as VMware or other SDN platforms, OpenStack, Microsoft SCVMM, or other cloud orchestration systems. There are also software plug-ins available for private clouds utilizing VMware’s vRealize Orchestrator.

  • Comprehensive Management Controls: Thunder ADC is fully supported by A10 Networks Harmony Controller and can be deployed in software or as a software-as-a-service (SaaS). This controller functions as a native management platform that organizes and distributes application-centric service protocols and configuration data to numerous Thunder appliances and device cluster infrastructures throughout numerous multi-cloud environments. Users can instantly identify, audit and track every appliance using critical operational metrics, such as CPU, disk usage, device partitions, and end users. The A10 Networks Harmony Controller will also complete configuration backups and restore operations, and will schedule regular software upgrades.

A10 Networks Thunder ADC was previously known as Thunder ADC, AX Series.

A10 Networks Thunder ADC 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

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A10 Networks Thunder ADC Pricing Advice

What users are saying about A10 Networks Thunder ADC pricing:
  • "Pricing is one of the features of the product that influence customers to use the product."
  • "The price of A10 Networks Thunder ADC depends on capacity and the customer's requirement. They have several offerings. They have different price models and options to choose from. Additionally, you need to subscribe to support for the hardware appliances."
  • "The price of the maintenance support is too expensive."
  • "The price is good they are very comparative."
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    Senior Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
    Real User
    Top 5
    Service a remote workforce with more efficient deployments and enhanced data security.
    Pros and Cons
    • "It helps with the efficiency of application deployments and data security."
    • "The user interface is not as pretty as it could be."
    • "There is two-factor authentication built-in, but it could be more robust."

    What is our primary use case?

    Our primary use case is for servicing a remote workforce. Especially these days when a lot of people are working remotely, a solution like this is important. We have to deploy applications and we do not necessarily want to upload the applications into the cloud or locally on desktops or laptops. ADC is really good for desktop virtualization and application delivery. Instead of having a full client, you look at a projection hosted in the data center. All the processing is being done back in the data center in the corporate domain. Because of the fact that the processing is not being taken care of locally, ADC is a very lightweight client that handles the feed on your laptop. It also enhances security.  

    Everything is kept in the server room, not exported locally to someone's house or whatever location they are working in. You do not have to worry about securing the data. There are certain programs that you have to patch a lot, like Adobe Flash — which seems to always need a patch. Instead of doing that on all 100 laptops that are in the field, you just do it once in the data center and everybody uses that same version. That type of simplification for your deployments is another benefit of ADC.  

    Because the maintenance is all happening at the data center, it is a lot more controlled and it is way easier. Another thing that this helps with is that only certain people get access to certain applications. The accountants are really the only ones who need access to the accounting software. It is really easy to set up groups based upon Active Directory and then define who gets access to those applications. That ability to limit access is really kind of cool and can potentially save money and licensing costs.  

    What is most valuable?

    The most valuable parts of this product have to do with the efficiency of deployments and data security.  

    What needs improvement?

    Everybody says Network Thunder works as advertised. It is just one of those things that actually performs as advertised. I take no news as good news. I do not really have any negatives. We usually like to get well-balanced reviews from people who have experience with the product and especially from the vendors themselves.  

    As far as improvements, that may be different than things that are missing or broken. I just do not have any cons. I do not have any glaringly big needs for additions either. One thing that might be improved is the interface. I think it is pretty straightforward. It is just not the prettiest, but it is functional. That is getting pretty granular.  

    Maybe one concrete thing that they can improve on is their two-factor authentication. Just do something to make the native solution more robust. That would probably be the one thing that I have heard mentioned. They have basic two-factor authentication. It is also nice that they have options for integrating with other two-factor products. The problem with that is that then you have to buy two products and license two solutions. One customer made a comment saying that it would be nice if we only had to buy one product to take care of the whole solution. In other words, they thought it would be better to just be able to buy the A10 and not buy two products to create the two-factor authentication they would have preferred. That should be something that A10 could at least offer.  

    For how long have I used the solution?

    We have been selling A10 ADC (Application Delivery Controller) over the past couple of years. We have been selling the load balancer for going on nine years.  

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    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    There are not really any nagging glitches or any kind of little ongoing annoying problems. Certainly, there are none that I have experienced and not that I have heard of from people using it. If there are ever any issues they are just normal, temporary issues that you expect when you work with technology. That is if you can consider anything that is a glitch to be normal.  

    If we are talking about load balancing, then I can speak more about stability issues. But the Network Thunder ADC has mostly been very good. There was an issue a few years back with one of my customers and A10 addressed the problem and took care of it promptly. Isolated incidents can have to do with a lot of things within a larger architecture. It would be a problem with the architecture then, and not the product.   

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    We never really tried to scale the internal initial deployment hands-on. It has been left as is. More users have been added over time but nothing so crazy that it really required some type of scaling of the product. This company is a little over a hundred users. They are all using it remotely, from home, daily.  

    Roles for the users are just all over the board.  

    How are customer service and support?

    For just Network Thunder, I have not had to deal with the A10 technical support team. Our clients never said anything about how they like it one way or another. I assume that means they have not had to contact them either. There has just been one load balancing issue a client had and it was isolated to that location. A10 took care of it. They are one for one as far as tackling problems I know about.  

    How was the initial setup?

    The installation is absolutely straightforward. Nothing more to say about that.  

    What about the implementation team?

    As far as how many people are usually required to maintain it, in this company it is just one technician for 100 people using the product. His role is probably considered a straight system admin. It would not be a senior tech or even someone dedicated to the product.  

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    I can just say that it is cheaper than other solutions that are supposed to do the same thing. That is actually one of the reasons that customers chose it.  

    What other advice do I have?

    It is a pretty good product. On a scale from one to ten (where one is the worst and ten is the best), I would rate A10 Networks Thunder ADC as a nine-out-of-ten. I do not get too many complaints from customers. Giving it a nine seems fair. It works as advertised.   

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
    Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
    PeerSpot user
    PeerSpot user
    Team Lead - Network and Security at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
    Real User
    Top 5
    User-friendly, good support, and effective global load balancing
    Pros and Cons
    • "The most valuable features in A10 Networks Thunder ADC are the ease of configuration, user-friendliness, and simplicity to sell to customers."
    • "A10 Networks Thunder ADC could improve on the Application Delivery Controller. it's not a fully-fledged web application firewall solution. For example, application data and support need to improve."

    What is our primary use case?

    A10 Networks Thunder ADC can be deployed on-premise or virtually.

    A10 Networks Thunder ADC is used for global load balancing.

    What is most valuable?

    The most valuable features in A10 Networks Thunder ADC are the ease of configuration, user-friendliness, and simplicity to sell to customers.

    What needs improvement?

    A10 Networks Thunder ADC could improve on the Application Delivery Controller. it's not a fully-fledged web application firewall solution. For example, application data and support need to improve.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using A10 Networks Thunder ADC for approximately two years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The stability of A10 Networks Thunder ADC is good.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    A10 Networks Thunder ADC is scalable.

    We have approximately a team of six using A10 Networks Thunder ADC.

    How are customer service and support?

    A10 Networks Thunder ADC has a very good support structure. In each region, they have a very well-experienced team to support when it comes to pre-sales. They have a very capable team.

    How was the initial setup?

    The setup of A10 Networks Thunder ADC is very straightforward. If everything is in order, onboarding one application can be done in a few hours.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    The price of A10 Networks Thunder ADC depends on capacity and the customer's requirement. They have several offerings. They have different price models and options to choose from. Additionally, you need to subscribe to support for the hardware appliances.

    What other advice do I have?

    A10 Networks Thunder ADC is a very natural solution in the industry. When compared to the other vendors, it's easier to use, more user-friendly, and more mature.

    I rate A10 Networks Thunder ADC a nine out of ten.

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    Muhammad_Qureshi - PeerSpot reviewer
    Network Consultant at a aerospace/defense firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
    Consultant
    Top 20
    User friendly, easy implementation, but expensive
    Pros and Cons
    • "The solution is user-friendly and the CLA troubleshooting is easier compared to other solutions."
    • "There are competitors that have more features."

    What is our primary use case?

    We are in the government sector and we use this solution for load balancing and application management.

    What is most valuable?

    The solution is user-friendly and the CLA troubleshooting is easier compared to other solutions.

    What needs improvement?

    There are competitors that have more features.

    In a future release, I would like to see VAS, application policy management, profiling, and the SSL encryption and decryption features should be on the system instead of having a separate SSLi system. Additionally, they should combine the products into one solution instead of having separate products, such as encryption and decryption, and load balancing.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using the solution for approximately four years.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    The technical support is good.

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    I previously used F5 BIG-IP.

    How was the initial setup?

    The implementation is easy.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    The price of the maintenance support is too expensive.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    I have evaluated Avi Networks.

    What other advice do I have?

    If someone has experience in Cisco Networks, the CLA hierarchy and configuration are 90% the same making this solution easier to use.

    I rate A10 Networks Thunder ADC a seven out of ten.

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    PeerSpot user
    PeerSpot user
    Team Lead - Network and Security at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
    Real User
    Top 5
    Flexible, easy to setup, deploy, configure, and customize with good support

    What is our primary use case?

    We are distributors and have been for a long time. We provide products to clients.

    What is most valuable?

    It's a very friendly solution, easy to configure, and it's very flexible.

    What needs improvement?

    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.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been working with this solution for more than three years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The stability is good for us. We have not experienced any issues.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    I have no complaints about the technical support. They have very good support. They guided us and helped us through the tool.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is straightforward and very user-friendly.

    It is easy to deploy and customize.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    The price is good they are very comparative.

    What other advice do I have?

    Definitely, I would recommend this product.

    I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
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