F5 BIG-IP Review

Improves our program performance and security


What is our primary use case?

We use it for local traffic management and for the application firewall. We are trying to deploy virtual appliances in AWS. 

How has it helped my organization?

It has improved our program performance and security.

What is most valuable?

  • The web application firewall.
  • The configuration and integration into the AWS environment was pretty easy.

What needs improvement?

We would like to see load balancing between the cloud and the on-premise, a straightforward deployment feature.

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 almost there. Sometimes it hangs or there are unpredictable performance issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's easier to scale.

How is customer service and technical support?

Technical support could be better.

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

The price is high.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at A10. When deciding whether to go with F5 or A10 it depends on the business requirements. Sometimes I propose one and sometimes I propose the other. It depends on the customer's requirements and budget. For our internal use we went with F5 because it's the best tool.

What other advice do I have?

The on-prem version and the AWS versions are almost the same.

In terms of the experience purchasing through AWS marketplace, because we are a partner, the way we purchase it from AWS is different. We don't buy directly from the market.

Overall, it's a good product.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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