A10 Thunder ADC vs. F5 BIG-IP

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
BIG-IP
Score 8.8 out of 10
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F5 BIG-IP software from Seattle-based F5 Networks is a load balancing and application protection solution suite available on cloud or via virtual editions, on a subscription or perpetual licensing basis. The BIG-IP suite of products supports a wide range of security and application performance needs. The suite includes BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) traffic management and optimization, BIG-IP DNS, BIG-IP Access Policy Manager (APM) identity and password protection, BIG-IP Application…N/A
Pricing
A10 Thunder ADCF5 BIG-IP
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
A10 Thunder ADCBIG-IP
Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
A10 Thunder ADCF5 BIG-IP
Considered Both Products
A10 Thunder ADC

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BIG-IP
Chose F5 BIG-IP
We have multiple vendors in our environment. As we have a number of F5 devices already deployed keeping them fed and happy is a task. We continue with F5 as the data plane is solid and management tools are consistent with automation objectives.
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User Ratings
A10 Thunder ADCF5 BIG-IP
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(2 ratings)
8.9
(104 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
9.6
(2 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
7.0
(1 ratings)
6.3
(6 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
A10 Thunder ADCF5 BIG-IP
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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F5
I really do think it's well suited for any placement on the edge, especially with the WAF portion. APM is a whole different module unto itself that allows for VPN Connect connectivity, web top access. So it really is for these modules anyway, an edge appliance for us and not really usable in the interior of the network.
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Pros
A10 Networks
  • Load balancing
  • Scripting AFLEX
  • DDOS mitigation
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F5
  • Easy connection: you can connect to your corporate network with two clicks.
  • IP restriction: F5 has a list of possible insecure IP numbers, if someone tries to connect using one of these numbers, F5 BIG-IP won't connect.
  • Always on feature: Very handy feature, if you install always on, you won't need to click connect.
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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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F5
  • I think the policy configuration that had some improvements on the ASM word things, improvements may be on the signatures that would be good because it's a little bit confusing on the ASL, how they are updated and deployed, and this staging. So that's something that could be.
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Likelihood to Renew
A10 Networks
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F5
Only way to to this type of tasks
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Usability
A10 Networks
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F5
Great customization and easy to use help reference menus
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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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F5
On the occasions when we've had to engage f5 support, they have been great. They have always resolved our issues quickly and been easy to work with and professional. The reason I give them a 10 out of 10, however, is because when we've had issues that have crossed over between the f5 BIG-IP, our Cisco switches, and our Microsoft IIS server the f5 support representatives have been extremely knowledgeable about every product and device involved and have been able to troubleshoot end-to-end without having to engage other vendors.
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Implementation Rating
A10 Networks
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F5
implementation is fine
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Alternatives Considered
A10 Networks
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F5
F5 BIG-IP is my first F5 product that I have stared to work, and it brings me more experience doing a lot of migration upgrades from old code version to new code. The way F5 has all configuration help us to develop scrips to improve our process.
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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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F5
  • Saved us money because we've been able to (I don't remember the exact number because this happened like five years ago, but) we were able to consolidate at least five different technologies into one.
  • I don't remember all the CapEx terms and the opex terms and all that, but some way it saved us a whole bunch of money in our operational costs. I guess that's opex.
  • With the new products that we're going to be going to for the distributed cloud, we're going to save even more money by consolidating our cloud with our on-prem management.
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