F5 BIG-IP Review

Its advantages are load balancing and application visibility while security and reporting need improvement

What is most valuable?

  • LTM for balancing
  • ASM for WAF

How has it helped my organization?

I'm a system integrator, not a customer. Usually F5 meets customer expectations well. It's best of breed and an industry leader.

What needs improvement?

Security and Reporting.

For how long have I used the solution?

As a pre-sale engineer, I'm not working with the F5 solution but I'm studying F5's features and competitor benchmarking.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

When WAF is enabled, you can see a decrease in performance.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Not to date.

How are customer service and technical support?

Very good.

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

Citrix NetScaler. F5 supports better features, from load balancing to security and application visibility. NetScaler is better with a VDI solution.

How was the initial setup?

Not applicable.

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

F5 is more expensive than other solutions, so you have to be sure F5 is the best solution to fit the requirements.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Citrix, RadWare, and LBL.

What other advice do I have?

You need the right skills to deploy it. Complex deployment requires TCL language knowledge.

**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: I'm a pre-sale engineer for a reseller.
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