A10 Networks Thunder ADC vs F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) comparison

 

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Categories and Ranking

A10 Networks Thunder ADC
Ranking in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC)
12th
Average Rating
8.4
Number of Reviews
21
Ranking in other categories
No ranking in other categories
F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Man...
Ranking in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC)
1st
Average Rating
8.2
Number of Reviews
117
Ranking in other categories
No ranking in other categories
 

Mindshare comparison

As of July 2024, in the Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) category, the mindshare of A10 Networks Thunder ADC is 6.0%, up from 4.5% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) is 13.1%, down from 15.3% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
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Featured Reviews

DC
Apr 23, 2020
Using services map, we can map traffic from the front-end virtual server to back-end servers
One of the features that we really like is the services map, which is a way that we map traffic from the front-end virtual server to the back-end servers. Another feature we like is application switching. I'm using this as a template. 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. Each release of the code is becoming more polished, not that I find it difficult today. I'm glad to see the features and enhancements we request are making it into every release. It is very simple to use.
John Bayangos - PeerSpot reviewer
Jan 11, 2023
Reliable with good support and useful load-balancing features
We usually use the product for load balancing, as a web server, and for web traffic We're hosting a website for our company, and the solution has helped a lot with load balancing.  The load-balancing features are great. You can do several different types, depending on the application.  The…

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We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
 

Pros

"The Deterministic CGNAT feature is valuable for us."
"The Global Server Load Balancing (GSLB) is simple to use."
"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."
"A10 explained why the latency dropped significantly on a site that we have."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"A10 Networks Thunder ADC is an easy-to-use and flexible solution."
"Where we are finding the AWS version helpful is when we are trying to scale up new environments. AWS Marketplace helps here a lot."
"It also has an AVR feature: application, visibility, and recording. It's good for customers looking for what is actually happening in their network and where the latency is."
"F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager is a stable and reliable solution."
"The solution is very easy to use and easy to understand. It's quite an intuitive system."
"The main reason that we suggest this product to our clients is the great integration with other security tools, such as IBM Guardium."
"Routing and load balancing are its most valuable features."
"The most valuable feature is the F5 LTM (Local Traffic Manager). This is the part of the product most organisations will be using most. It provides the core functionality to be able to load balance services and the means and the intelligence to be able to load balance based on advanced logic, e.g., TCL scripting."
"We use F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager to balance traffic."
 

Cons

"The interface and integrated custom applications can be a bit difficult."
"It scaled well for our numbers, up to 3 million subscribers for our most crowded region but I would like to see the same scalability numbers for the virtualized version as well."
"The costs can be quite high."
"There is two-factor authentication built-in, but it could be more robust."
"A graphical dashboard for analyzing performance is needed."
"The tool's load-balancing feature should improve."
"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."
"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."
"This is a very expensive solution."
"BIG-IP LTM is taking a long time to mature in cloud environments. They plan to improve cloud integration in the next version, but it isn't out yet. It's essential because more companies are moving to the cloud these days and using things like Kubernetes or microservices. F5 needs to improve in that direction, and they are."
"There are some aspects of F5 BIG-IP that could be improved, the main one being virtual machine support. We have seen that even with the virtual editions, there are some things that we would like to do that are currently not possible with virtual machines."
"The GUI needs improvement."
"Technical support could be faster. It's something I'd like to see them work on in the future."
"The license terms for "non-commercial" will are challenging for us."
"For a future release, I would like to see more features in the cloud."
"The solution's initial setup process was quite complex. I"
 

Pricing and Cost Advice

"The price of the maintenance support is too expensive."
"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."
"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."
"The pricing is a third of the price of the F5 competition."
"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."
"The pricing is fine, considering the features they are providing. If you are an individual user, they'll price the product differently compared to how they price the product that is sold to an organization."
"You get a lot more for your dollar with A10."
"The price is good they are very comparative."
"The price should be reduced because it is expensive when compared to the competition."
"It is quite expensive as a product. Because it is very stable, it is also expensive."
"The solution is quite expensive if we compare it with the competition."
"The price is high."
"I would recommend that the cost be lowered."
"Take a look at the modules that you are going to use. Look into the best bundles for them."
"It's not a cheap product, but there are no other replacements for what we do with it."
"It's fair, it's not too expensive. Maybe just a little high."
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Top Industries

By visitors reading reviews
Computer Software Company
21%
Financial Services Firm
11%
University
6%
Government
6%
Financial Services Firm
17%
Computer Software Company
15%
Government
9%
Manufacturing Company
6%
 

Company Size

By reviewers
Large Enterprise
Midsize Enterprise
Small Business
 

Questions from the Community

Which is the best DDoS protection solution for a big ISP for monitoring and mitigating?
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 oth...
Do you recommend A10 Networks Thunder ADC?
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 hav...
What do you like most about A10 Networks Thunder ADC?
A10 Networks Thunder ADC is an easy-to-use and flexible solution.
What do you like most about F5 BIG-IP?
The support from F5 BIG-IP LTM is good.
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for F5 BIG-IP?
There are a few licensing options available for F5 BIG-IP LTM. You can have a perpetual license which is a lifetime license. You then only need to renew the support, if you choose to open a ticket ...
What needs improvement with F5 BIG-IP?
In the LTM solution, it would be beneficial to have more algorithms for traffic segmentation or the ability to create user-defined algorithms rather than being restricted to predefined ones.
 

Also Known As

Thunder ADC, AX Series
F5 BIG-IP, BIG-IP LTM, F5 ASM, Viprion, F5 BIG-IP Virtual Edition , Crescendo Networks Application Delivery Controller, BIG IP
 

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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
Riken, TransUnion, Tepco Systems Administration, Daejeon University, G&T Bank, Danamon, CyberAgent Inc.
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