F5 BIG-IP Review

It is a central point of entry for our user base providing user authentication

What is our primary use case?

We use it for brokering services.

How has it helped my organization?

It has made it a single entry point for all users, verging across all the VPCs. It is more of an SSO solution versus multitier user loggin.

What is most valuable?

  • Central point of entry for our user base.
  • User authentication
  • PPI
  • Integration with our website.

What needs improvement?

We would like to have integration into encryption and PKI integration with SafeNet. That is probably the key component in using External PKIs, letting people bring their PKIs with them. On the back-end, we have a SafeNet component. They are going to bring additional features in, so allowing integration with encryption and PKI, and tying it back into Microsoft AD in the back with an LDAP lookup for users.

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability seems fine. We provide fault tolerance with HA, so we have two of them up and running. We have built in integration. Therefore, we do not worry about workload issues

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It seems very scalable now. We have 200 users, going to about 10,000 within the next year. There are multiple VPCs and multiple AWS accounts.

How was the initial setup?

The integration and configuration of the product in our AWS environment seems to be pretty straightforward. There doesn't seem to be anything complex. We haven't needed anything additional, like Professional Services.

What about the implementation team?

We did use technical support on the original engineering.

What was our ROI?

We have seen ROI because we are not hosting it. We moved this to the cloud for our ingest, so our workload is moving to the cloud and Amazon.

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

Purchasing through the AWS Marketplace was good. We chose to go through the AWS Marketplace because everything that we needed was a soft appliance. We needed something to work in Amazon, and this product was available there.

We have found the pricing and licensing on AWS to be competitive.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at F5, Citrix, and VMware. We chose F5 because it has a better market name, seemed to be vendor-agnostic for providing capabilities that others didn't, and its reputation.

What other advice do I have?

Use F5. It has a good reputation. We experienced easy implementation and had an overall good experience.

We use it only on AWS.

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