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Real User
Solutions Architect, Virtualization
May 29 2018

What is most valuable?

As an architect, I have deployed it in so many areas. Some like to use the SSL portion of it, others, they use the load-balancing. It does a lot more than what people use it for. The one feature that works really well is the SSL VPN. It's very easy to set up and you can go very granular with it. You can define what user groups get what kind of access and the... more»

What needs improvement?

The customization has always been a key area where some improvements are required. In the beginning, everything was for customizing the outer shell of it. You had to use the command-based utility and you had to do a lot of manual work. They have improved it a little bit and now there are some GUI-based functionalities that can be used. However, more can be done... more»
Real User
Technical Product Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Apr 13 2018

What is most valuable?

It has so many features. First of all, it has a full proxy architecture, it has multiple modules. The best feature is the WAF, the web application firewall module. It also has cashing type capabilities. It has all kinds of load-balancing... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has multi-tenancy features, like hardware clustering. It has software partitioning so that you can partition F5. For example, in my recent deployments, I deployed F5 in a bank where they had two load balancers. One was Cisco Ace and the... more»

What needs improvement?

The room for improvement is that the product is a little costly. I live in the Third World, Pakistan. We have budget constraints, even in big enterprise servers. My team said that this product is too costly, and why don't we go with another... more»
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Loadbalancer.org
User
Senior ICT Support Officer at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees
Mar 05 2018

What is most valuable?

The most important feature is the fact it was recommended by the supplier. The previous load balancers weren't a very good match for what we were trying to do. They work. It just keeps going. The vendor will set them up, and they've just been... more»

How has it helped my organization?

They balance a lot better than the last set that we had. The previous load balancers made some bad decisions with allocating the load, and they would basically overload one of the single nodes behind. These, from loadbalancer.org, tend to... more»

What needs improvement?

They're mostly designed to balance a particular type of traffic. I wanted to load balance DNS, and they just don't do it the way that we wanted to. So they're not used as DNS load balancers, whereas the previous ones were. In terms of... more»
Real User
Network Analyst at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 31 2016

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the F5 LTM 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.,... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has enabled us to keep a sustainable and supported load balancing platform. This is partly due to Cisco withdrawing a large number of their load balancing products and also related to Microsoft Network Load Balancing not scaling enough to... more»

What needs improvement?

I would like F5 to incorporate the ability to create your own custom roles and customised permissions within the product set. I have seen many customers wanting to give a certain level of access for the purposes of out-of-hours servicing to... more»
Loadbalancer.org
Real User
IT Manager at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
Feb 25 2018

What is most valuable?

First of all it's the reliability, what you create by load balancing, because you have more endpoints. That's for our web services that we provide. This is the only feature for us, and it's important because it makes our network more reliable.

How has it helped my organization?

We can more easily set up a test environment, because you can easily configure your forms. It makes it more flexible for us to convert our test environment to a production environment, without having to change DNSs on the outside. You just... more»

What needs improvement?

We are only using the basic features, and for us it's good. We're not yet using the SSL certificate offloading because we are still using an older software version. But I already know that in the new versions they have, it's built in. That... more»
HAProxy
Real User
System Administrator at a media company with 501-1,000 employees
Jan 29 2018

What is most valuable?

The ease of use of the configuration, and great documentation, are the most valuable features for us. The VRRP redundancy is also a mission-critical feature that works seamlessly. I can bring down a server live with minimal downtime because... more»

How has it helped my organization?

I estimate that this product has saved our company hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in possible downtime from previous load balancers. We make a lot of our money from online sales, so it is critical to have 99.9% uptime.

What needs improvement?

The only area that I can see needing improvement is the management interface, since it is pretty much all through the CLI or configuration. However, HAProxy does have another product that we evaluated called ALOHA, which has a web front-end,... more»
Real User
Product Specialist - Security Solutions at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Aug 31 2016

What is most valuable?

iRule: It's a great feature that helped us multiple times have an advantage over competition Appliance Performance: One of the main advantages we always have over competition is in hardware performance, where the smallest F5 appliances compete with competitors’ medium to high-end appliances, while high-end devices can sit in the datacenter without risking... more»

What needs improvement?

* Reporting: One of the negative things about F5 is there is no place to generate a summary/executive/detailed report about everything happening on the box, especially for WAF & APM events. The only way to get some kind of report is enable the AVR module, and manually export the data required into PDF/XLS documents. * GUI interface: F5 appliances lack a... more»
Loadbalancer.org
Real User
System Integrator
Feb 26 2018

What is most valuable?

Ease of use and support. The user interface precludes need to be well versed with Linux IPVS command line. This make it easy for junior team members to participate in managing load balancing needs. The support especially helps us with quick... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has relieved the load on our team so we can focus on other aspects of the operation. When we do load balancing, the customer does not know that this particular node is down because the load balancing hides it from them. So, from a customer... more»

What needs improvement?

It would be great if there was a way to gain access to the graphing data, to create custom reports. If we had a way to use the graphing data, to somehow extract the data and chart it for this appliance, we could use it to present certain... more»
Real User
Solution Architect/Application Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 27 2017

What is most valuable?

We like the capability to combine the content switching with the intrusion prevention and adding the security roles, so we can expose certain sub-pieces outside without exposing everything. Another feature that we like is how they integrate nicely with the Oracle PeopleSoft application, and since that's one of my main focuses, I really like that they have the... more»

What needs improvement?

I have been really happy with what they have been doing. They could improve the synchronization between their main site and the failover site. Sometimes, we run into issues where it does not sync well, so I would like to see that improved. The synchronization does works fairly well. However, if I were to make changes, I would make it easier to start the sync... more»
Nginx
Real User
Startup Founder at a tech services company
Jan 21 2018

What is most valuable?

NGINX is extremely efficient in terms of the connection rate to the CPU cycles ratio, and in terms of the bandwidth to CPU cycles. It is configurable enough so smart engineers (which team consists of) can configure virtually anything which a... more»

How has it helped my organization?

I have never seen a single case where programmatic tools can change an organization. Tools are not subjects. They are passive objects. Organizations and people are subjects. Tools are just reflections of the organisation and people. Tools... more»

What needs improvement?

I am not so happy with their pricing policy, but this is not the worse thing in my life. I can tolerate it.
Loadbalancer.org
Real User
IT Operations Manager at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 28 2018

What is most valuable?

* Reliability * High availability

How has it helped my organization?

It means that if one of our mail-servers falls over, it's a much more seamless process. Or if we need to do maintenance on one of them, we can take it out of the Loadbalancer in a controlled fashion so that users don't notice that there's... more»

What needs improvement?

At the moment, I can't think of anything. For what we use it for, it does everything we need it to. It does it well and it doesn't have any trouble, so I can't think of anything that I would change.
HAProxy
Real User
ICT Manager at a non-profit with 51-200 employees
Sep 01 2017

What is most valuable?

Carers ACT operates a Skype for Business based call centre, which requires the use of a load balancer and reverse proxy for HTTP traffic for the front-end pools. HAProxy is able to fulfill both of these requirements. In addition to these basic functions outlined above, Carers ACT also requires high availability and ease of configuration. HAProxy fulfills these... more»

How has it helped my organization?

One of the core services that Carers ACT provides carers within the ACT region is both an advisory and respite support telephone service. Carers use this service to be connected to services, access both advice and support, as well as accessing respite services to assist them in their caring role. The Carers ACT Skype for Business implementation is being... more»
Loadbalancer.org
Real User
IT Manager at a recruiting/HR firm with 51-200 employees
Feb 28 2018

What do you think of Loadbalancer.org?

Primary Use Case Load-balancing a web application server. It's a requirement for the application which we're using, which is why we bought the hardware. It does its job. We don't touch it. • Improvements to My Organization We couldn't use our line-of-business software without it. It sits in front of it and it just does its job. It's an unsung hero, I'm afraid. It just does what it does. It plods along everyday, and when it breaks, it gets fixed really quickly. • Valuable Features The SSL Layer 7 load balancing. • Room for Improvement Obviously the simple ones like price. Make it cheaper, make it faster. Other than that, it's a spot-on product. It doesn't have any issues; no wishes or wants with it at all. • Use of Solution Three to five years. • Stability Issues ...
Loadbalancer.org
Real User
Business Development Manager at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 28 2018

What is most valuable?

Most important for us that it makes sure that the load is distributed and that we always have access to the end-servers that they're connected to. We need that to make sure that we have a consistent, high level of service that the schools can rely on.

How has it helped my organization?

It was part of a project that we did where we used to outsource all of the web-filtering to a third party. We weren't very happy with it. We wanted to bring everything in-house, control the system ourselves. This is an absolute key component to being able to allow us to do that. It's enabled us to have much better service to offer at a cheaper price, and much... more»
Loadbalancer.org
Real User
Systems Programmer at a energy/utilities company with 501-1,000 employees
Mar 14 2018

What is most valuable?

A load balancer is a load balancer, in terms of functionality. I need the interface to be easy to use for my team members who have not spent hours working on it, so I am not the only person who can operate it.

How has it helped my organization?

We had a requirement for these applications to be load balanced. Without a dedicated load balancer, we would have had to use a Round Robin DNS, which does not have any health checking, notifications, etc. We now get notifications when pool... more»

What needs improvement?

I would like a notification when a new version of the software is available. They told me to sign up for their newsletter, but I have not received any notification for a newer software version.
HAProxy
Real User
Senior Systems Architect at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
Apr 29 2018

What is most valuable?

The most important features would be the load-balancing of HTTP and TCP requests, according to multiple LB algorithms (busyness, weighted-busyness, round robin, traffic, etc). Another important feature that we cannot live without is the... more»

How has it helped my organization?

As our traffic began increasing nine years ago, we desperately needed to load-balance TCP requests (for DBs). We originally used round robin on an array[] which stored the IPs of half a dozen DBs. But with HAProxy, we didn't need to maintain... more»

What needs improvement?

The web stats UI, which provides the status of the health and numbers, could greatly benefit from having a RESTful interface to control the load-balanced nodes. Although there is a hack around the UI (by issuing a POST request to HAProxy with... more»
Real User
Infrastructure Specialist at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Jun 13 2018

What is most valuable?

Kemp products are extremely stable and meet most of my customers' needs for an ADC solution. My customers appreciate the attractive pricing, stability. and user-friendly interface. The more advanced features such as WAF are rarely required by... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Kemp Loadmaster gives our customers an easy and cheap way of load-balancing their workloads and adding reverse proxy for added security. With Kemp 360 Central, they get a nice overview of their Kemp products and an easy way to upgrade... more»

What needs improvement?

There are plenty of features that are lacking in my opinion: * The auth website of ESP is really lacking. It’s not responsive Management Pack.
Nginx
Real User
CTO at a hospitality company
Apr 30 2018

What is most valuable?

Our primary use for NGINX is as a Web server, so that’s where we derive the most value. Recently, we’ve needed to deploy sites over a number of servers to balance the load, which was not only painless but also super valuable.

How has it helped my organization?

NGINX isn’t itself a productivity tool, but rather a cog in the engine of a solid service stack. In a way, it's the same as adding RAM to a PC. While you don’t necessarily feel the new improvement, you’ll definitely know when it’s gone.

What needs improvement?

We used the standard tried-and-tested features of NGINX. Everything is done through the CLI over a secure connection and there have not been any issues or additions to our wish list.
Fortinet
Real User
Tech Writer
Apr 17 2018

What is most valuable?

Of course the troubleshooting tools. I think the troubleshooting command is easy and useful. Because ADC is the intermediary between the servers and the end-user application, it gives thorough information about the traffic, what the problem is.

How has it helped my organization?

Even though FortiADC is not completely working for me, overall it helps me provide workload distribution to the servers, as expected.

What needs improvement?

The L7 Persistent load-balancing algorithm has not worked for me after having tested it many times with my customer's in-house application. I'd like to suggest that the company make sure that all load-balancing algorithms work properly with... more»
Real User
Lead Customer Engineer - Service Delivery at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 14 2017

What is most valuable?

I have been working on the LTM and GTM lines. Both of the products are awesome. I would consider the Wide IP and ZoneRunner features of GTM extremely useful. For the overall product, I would say provisioning is a good feature. There are other... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We are fond of the load balancing feature for DNS and servers. Also, these can help you natting/hiding the real IP.

What needs improvement?

The only area that has room for improvement would be pricing. Other than that, the v11 clustering is a new technology they have brought in that does not require improvement. They are the leader in the space.
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