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A10 Networks Thunder ADC vs. Citrix ADC
July 2022
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"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.""It helps with the efficiency of application deployments and data security.""The most valuable features in A10 Networks Thunder ADC are the ease of configuration, user-friendliness, and simplicity to sell to customers."

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"It's very easy to configure.""The best feature of Citrix is its track record of stability in its features.""The solution improves security performance.""The load balancing and VPN features are most valuable. AAA authentication is also valuable.""The load balancing feature and the fact that you can do context switching in the WAF are the most valuable. We majorly use it for load balancing, but we also use it for context switching in the WAF. It is also robust and very easy to work with and manage.""The most valuable features of Citrix ADC are load balancing and application firewall.""The most valuable feature of Citrix ADC is its ease of use.""High availability, performance, and security are the main pillars. It enhances the security for accessing the applications."

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"The interface and integrated custom applications can be a bit difficult.""There is two-factor authentication built-in, but it could be more robust.""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.""The user interface is not as pretty as it could be.""There are competitors that have more features."

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"Native integration needs to be improved. You cannot build ISE codes natively. For DevOps, integration would be very helpful because it would be a lot simpler from an operational standpoint.""It does not have a sandbox cloud service and antivirus. It should have on-prem or cloud sandboxing and antivirus.""The interface needs to be improved because the competition is coming up with ones that are more eye-catching, straightforward, and sophisticated.""We are looking for some in-depth monitoring and analytics and more information that Citrix Director doesn't provide. ControlUp has insights that not only give you an overview but also allow you to do some drill-down troubleshooting for what's going on in your environment. We are looking for some more analytical and monitoring data to be able to monitor the environment better, not only from an application standpoint but also from the standpoint of the infrastructure to everything it sits on. They can provide more data to the administrators about what's going on within the application. They can provide data not only on the application side but also about what the application sits on. They're making strides with Citrix Analytics in regards to that.""The technical support could be improved. They do not respond or assist customers in a timely manner.""Citrix ADC is a complex product, and it takes time to understand these things. But the documentation is poor, and the deployment is difficult. Integration could also be better because what I find is that you cannot easily integrate the panel in the second sector. What I have found is that in the last index, there is a limitation when getting validated. Technical support could also be better.""In terms of what could be improved, I would say the user interface because sometimes it can be complicated.""The solution could be more secure."

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  • "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."
  • "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."
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  • "It's an expensive product but it works well."
  • "We get value for money. Its price is fair. I don't think it is overpriced."
  • "This product is more expensive than some of the competitors."
  • "It is very pricey, but we get it. If you need the best, money shouldn't be a problem."
  • "When compared to other solutions, the cost is high."
  • "Its price is comparable to others and affordable."
  • "The price for Citrix ADC here in Mexico was good, when you compare it with F5 and Radware."
  • "F5 BIG-IP is much more expensive than Citrix ADC. For example, If we choose two platforms, Citrix ADC, 3000 version, and we choose F5, F4200 version. F5 BIG-IP has connections, timers, and throughput similar to Citrix ADC, but the price is very expensive."
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    Top Answer:I would recommend A10 Networks due that it delivers high performance in a small form factor to reduce OPEX with significantly lower power usage, rack space, and cooling requirements compared to other… more »
    Top Answer:I do recommend A10 Networks Thunder ADC. It's very user-friendly, easy to configure, and flexible. It is a very useful solution - especially now, when a lot of employees are working remotely. I have… more »
    Top Answer:It's a very friendly solution, easy to configure and it's very flexible.
    Top Answer:The most valuable features of Citrix ADC are load balancing and application firewall.
    Top Answer:Citrix ADC could improve the price and make it less expensive, other competitors have a better prices. This would allow Citrix ADC to keep dominating the market.
    Top Answer:Overall the price of Citrix ADC could be more competitive.
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    Also Known As
    Thunder ADC, AX Series
    NetScaler, Citrix NetScaler VPX
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    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.

    Citrix ADC is an application delivery controller (ADC) that accelerates application performance, enhances application availability with advanced L4-7 load balancing, secures mission-critical apps from attacks and lowers server expenses by offloading computationally intensive tasks.

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    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Wellness & Fitness Company8%
    Comms Service Provider25%
    Computer Software Company23%
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    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise53%
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    Large Enterprise61%
    Buyer's Guide
    A10 Networks Thunder ADC vs. Citrix ADC
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about A10 Networks Thunder ADC vs. Citrix ADC and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    620,068 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    A10 Networks Thunder ADC is ranked 9th in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) with 4 reviews while Citrix ADC is ranked 4th in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) with 21 reviews. A10 Networks Thunder ADC is rated 8.4, while Citrix ADC is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of A10 Networks Thunder ADC writes "Service a remote workforce with more efficient deployments and enhanced data security". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Citrix ADC writes "A scalable and versatile solution that allows us to easily monitor and manage applications and publish to many devices". A10 Networks Thunder ADC is most compared with F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM), NGINX Plus, Kemp LoadMaster, Fortinet FortiADC and HAProxy, whereas Citrix ADC is most compared with F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM), Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, Fortinet FortiADC, HAProxy and NGINX Plus. See our A10 Networks Thunder ADC vs. Citrix ADC report.

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