F5 BIG-IP Review

The interface is intuitive and well structured. It is not overloaded with too many gimmicks.


How has it helped my organization?

Central solution to control traffic or web applications (besides NG Firewall).

What is most valuable?

  • Easy administration
  • A lot of features
  • Scriptable (iRules and REST API)

I have some experience with other load balancing providers. The BIG-IP’s interface is more intuitive than other GUIs. It is well structured, not overloaded, and does not have too many gimmicks.

What needs improvement?

The ASM administration is quite complex. I am a technical GUI expert (not UI). They did improve the ASM administration in each version, but added new features, too. The topic itself is pretty complex, so it is not easy to provide a nice, clean interface. There are a lot of references and dependencies in-between the different subareas.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I have not yet encountered any stability issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I have not yet encountered any scalability issues.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is good. I have had nothing to complain about up until now.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I previously used a different solution. We switched because the hardware was too old, and the other vendor did not have the same set of features.

How was the initial setup?

Initial setup was straightforward. We were up and running in three hours.

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

Take a look at the modules that you are going to use. Look into the best bundles for them.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before choosing this product, I compared it with Radware. Cisco was already off the market, and Citrix was not as big as it is today.

What other advice do I have?

Use the community and DevCentral.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
1 Comment
author avatarUser at a tech company with 51-200 employees
Consultant

Its easy to administer and a an excellent product for load balancing.

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