F5 BIG-IP Review

It renders policy-based security management but requires improvement in policy-based control


What is our primary use case?

We are primarily using it for load balancing, and with BIG-IQ managing Layer 7 security policies.

How has it helped my organization?

We did get good flexibility as well as the capabilities to accept declarative API and create per app dashboard and create a better view on the telemetry dashboard.

What is most valuable?

  • Cloud templates 
  • Declarative onboarding
  • API service gateway
  • Policy-based security management.

What needs improvement?

Services to be improved: 

  • Multi-cloud consistency, like to simplify administration with centralized policies with multi-cloud vendors
  • F5 lateral scalability within the container is still restricted.
  • Web application firewalls and service mesh would be a nice-to-have feature.
  • Drive programmable application with 100% restful API
  • Cover deployment
  • Monitoring
  • Policy-based control. 

For how long have I used the solution?

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