F5 BIG-IP Review

Very stable and scalable with the application firewall a valuable feature


What is our primary use case?

We mainly use this solution for application delivery and application security - the product is used on a daily basis. We are partners of F5 and I'm the head of IT infrastructure. 

What is most valuable?

The application firewall is a very good feature. 

What needs improvement?

The policies management could be improved, that's why I'm doing a comparison of other solutions. This is also a very expensive solution. 

I'd like to see external loading included as part of the solution. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using this solution for seven years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable overall. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This solution is scalable. 

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is very good. 

How was the initial setup?

Deployment time depends on the size of the organization. In some places it takes a week or two; in others it can take three months. There is very little maintenance required but if necessary we do it ourselves. We do upgrades ourselves and maybe rely on technical support once a year. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Everything is included in the license fee but it's a very expensive solution. 

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution an eight out of 10. If it were less expensive I'd rate it higher. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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author avatarSaurabh-Pal
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F5 BIG-IP best features:


  1. External Crypto Offloading

  2. OCP Stapling


  3. LTM: SSL Session Monitoring

  4. Flow Table Sweeper Enhancements

  5. Generic UDP Flood Vector


  6. AFM: User-Identity firewall capabilities


  7. APM: Per-Request Access Policies


  8. ASM: Geo-location-based anomaly detection and mitigation


  9. vCMP: Hardware DDoS integration for vCMP Guests


  10. GTM: DNS Firewall Services

author avatarSaurabhPal
Top 5LeaderboardReal User



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