A10 Thunder ADC vs. Akamai Ion

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
A10 Thunder ADC
Score 8.1 out of 10
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A10 Networks offers their application delivery controller, Thunder ADC.N/A
Akamai Ion
Score 9.9 out of 10
N/A
Akamai offers the Ion application delivery controller suite to automatically supply performance optimization to websites and mobile or web applications.N/A
Pricing
A10 Thunder ADCAkamai Ion
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A10 Thunder ADCAkamai Ion
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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A10 Thunder ADCAkamai Ion
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User Ratings
A10 Thunder ADCAkamai Ion
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(2 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
7.0
(1 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
A10 Thunder ADCAkamai Ion
Likelihood to Recommend
A10 Networks
I recommend it but would like to mention that the buyer should analyze their needs very well and perform exhaustive service tests prior to purchase.
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Akamai
  • Akamai Ion is excellent if you have the staff to manage the configurations and understand how best to leverage its benefits amidst ongoing Dev work without getting in their way. You'll have to communicate consistently on what the CDN does and does not do as well as drive knowledge sharing sessions on expected behavior or unexpected behavior to help reduce unnecessary troubleshooting from your IT and Dev teams when tickets/issues arise.
  • Akamai Ion is best suited for well equipped and well informed IT or Marketing teams that can leverage the delivery benefits of caching and offload. Doing so will increase customer satisfaction, reduce bounce rates, improve conversion rates as well as drive more time on site.
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Pros
A10 Networks
  • Load balancing
  • Scripting AFLEX
  • DDOS mitigation
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Akamai
  • Ease of management with good UI for making rules and behaviors.
  • There is also an API and Code integration for the advanced Dev-Ops team to use as well.
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Cons
A10 Networks
  • Functionalities and features do not match our needs.
  • Other vendors offer very similar characteristics for lower prices.
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Akamai
  • The learning curve on using a CDN is steep and requires class time. The initial onboarding and integration with the business' DevOps teams should be a bit closer relationship.
  • Global vs. Regional management can be a bit challenging if your account is centralized overseas, and you want a local time-zone account manager on your time.
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Support Rating
A10 Networks
Support said the devices will work in our environment but when we had the device working we realized that it was not possible to do what we wanted, for this reason, our experience was not entirely good and we did not like the way they approached us for the sale of the device.
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Akamai
  • Support for tickets has gotten better/quicker over the years.
  • Also, there is a wealth of information on the knowledge base, documentation, and there is also a message board too now.
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Return on Investment
A10 Networks
  • A10 Thunder ADC had a negative impact on the company, due to the fact that the client had to monitor a large number of sites, which could not be achieved with this device.
  • This led to looking for another alternative.
  • It is more beneficial for companies that do not need to monitor a large number of websites as the security and stability provided by the device are excellent.
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Akamai
  • Improved conversion rates.
  • Reduced page load times.
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