F5 BIG-IP Review

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

Improvements to My Organization

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

Valuable Features

  • 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.

Room for 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.

Stability Issues

I have not yet encountered any stability issues.

Scalability Issues

I have not yet encountered any scalability issues.

Customer Service and Technical Support

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

Previous Solutions

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.

Initial Setup

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

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

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

Other Solutions Considered

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.

Other Advice

Use the community and DevCentral.

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

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

21 September 16
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