F5 BIG-IP Review

It supports APIs and virtual additions for cloud and VMware


What is our primary use case?

We use it for load balancing and routing.

How has it helped my organization?

It supports APIs and virtual additions for cloud and VMware.

It integrates with various firewall and networking devices along with application services, and it works fine.

What is most valuable?

  • Routing
  • Load balancing

What needs improvement?

  • Cloud native integration should be provided.
  • Native support for containers should be added to future releases, as this is the future of load balancing.

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is great. We put our production load on it, which is very stressful.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability has been great. We have thousands of severs. F5 has scaled very well.

How is customer service and technical support?

They provide average enterprise technical support.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I also evaluated Cisco, but chose F5 because it had better features in terms of load balancing. I liked the various features in F5, including input/output routing, load balancing, and global load balancing.

What other advice do I have?

Explore the API support and integration with the open source products. Those are the key thing to analyze. F5 are the experts in their area.

I use the on-premise version.

Disclosure: IT Central Station contacted the reviewer to collect the review and to validate authenticity. The reviewer was referred by the vendor, but the review is not subject to editing or approval by the vendor.
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