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"The initial setup was very straightforward. Deployment took about ten minutes or less.""The ability to take multiple data sets and match those data sets together is the solution's most valuable feature. The data lake that comes with it is very useful because that allows us to match data sets with different configurations that we wouldn't normally be able to match.""The security firewall plus the features that protect against database injections or scripting,""The most valuable feature is the scalability because it automatically scales up or scales down as per our requirements.""The most valuable aspect is that it protects our code. It's a bit difficult to overwrite code in our application. It also protects against threats.""AWS has flexibility in terms of WAF rules.""This product supplies options for web security for applications accessing sensitive information.""Its best feature is that it is on the cloud and does not require local hardware resources."

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"The initial setup was was easy to install.""I like them because I like the security solution. They get extra marks compared to other solutions or competitors. There are more features than any other product I can think of. They're always monitoring, and the security features offer more than other, lesser products.""The most valuable feature is artificial intelligence and to get extra internal access.""With F5 Advanced WAF, it was protection for online publications and for our customers that caused us to choose the platform.""The best solution for WAF.""I definitely recommend this solution because of the time you save on analysis.""The solution isn't too expensive. The license allows you to license what you need and leave out what you don't need.""This solution inspects your traffic and based on that, automatically create distinct qualities for you, so you can add this to the policy already created. That's what I like most."

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"They should work to define more threats, add more security, and make it more compliant with more security companies.""The solution is cloud-based, and therefore the billing model that comes with it could be more intuitive, in my opinion. It's very easy to not fully understand how you tag things for billing and then you can quite easily run up a high bill without realizing it. The solution needs to be more intuitive around the tagging system, which enables the billing. Right now, I have a cloud architect that does that on our behalf and it isn't something that a business user could use because it still requires quite a lot of technical knowledge to do effectively.""For now, there is no feature to protect against attack of the bad bots""I would like to be able to view a graphical deployment map in the user interface that will give me an overview of the configuration and help to determine whether I have missed any steps.""It's a bit difficult to apply the right rules for the right security.""When users choose the free service, there isn't great support available to them.""The technical support does not respond to bugs in the coding of the product.""The pricing model is complicated."

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"People who want to work with the device have to be pro in Linux""You have to buy another module with an extra license, to have the authentication feature.""The administrator's user interface and some of the settings can sometimes be very complicated to understand.""F5 Advanced WAF needs better integration within the application, like remote dashboards.""I think the deployment templates can be better.""One thing that can be improved, is to increase the quantity over predefine policy.""The solution is tedious. It takes a lot of discrete settings so one needs to get detailed and granular when they use the solution. It takes you a whole lot of energy and concentration to configure. It needs to be much more straight-forward, like other web solutions.""I would not expect traffic details to pass through the web application firewall across the length of the whole application. I think that there is a web application where it can let the application function without traffic going in into the WAF."

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"AWS is not that costly by comparison. They are maybe close to $40 per month. I think it was between $29 or $39.""It has a variable pricing scheme.""We are kind of doing a POC comparison to see what works best. Pricing-wise, AWS is one of the most attractive ones. It is fairly cheap, and we like the pricing part. We're trying to see what makes more sense operation-wise, license-wise, and pricing-wise.""It's quite affordable. It's in the middle."

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"The pricing is too high.""I think the price is very high.""After buying the program, you just pay for the support every year.""Licensing fees for this solution are paid on a yearly basis.""It's more expensive than other solutions and depending on the modules, there can be additional fees.""F5 bundles up services and the bundle is what you pay for rather than individual components.""Its price is fair. We have done a couple of deals where they were able to give some kind of discount to the customers. The price was initially high for the customers, but after a couple of negotiations, it came within their budget. They were happy with that."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The access instruction feature is the most valuable. This is what we use the most.
Top Answer: We are kind of doing a POC comparison to see what works best. Pricing-wise, AWS is one of the most attractive ones. It is fairly cheap, and we like the pricing part. We're trying to see what makes… more »
Top Answer: It is sometimes a lot of work going through the rules and making sure you have everything covered for a use case. It is just the way rules are set and maintained in this solution. Some UI changes will… more »
Top Answer: The valuable features vary from customers to customers. Some customers are okay with the basic features of the WAF, and some customers use advanced WAF with a few other features.
Top Answer: Its price is fair. We have done a couple of deals where they were able to give some kind of discount to the customers. The price was initially high for the customers, but after a couple of… more »
Top Answer: It should be a little bit easy to deploy in terms of the overall deployment session. One of our customers is a bit unhappy about the reporting options. Currently, it automatically deletes event logs… more »
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Overview

AWS WAF is a web application firewall that helps protect your web applications from common web exploits that could affect application availability, compromise security, or consume excessive resources. AWS WAF gives you control over which traffic to allow or block to your web applications by defining customizable web security rules. You can use AWS WAF to create custom rules that block common attack patterns, such as SQL injection or cross-site scripting, and rules that are designed for your specific application. New rules can be deployed within minutes, letting you respond quickly to changing traffic patterns. Also, AWS WAF includes a full-featured API that you can use to automate the creation, deployment, and maintenance of web security rules.

At F5, we give our customers the freedom to securely deliver every app, anywhere—with confidence. All F5 products are highly programmable and integrate into any environment, whether on premises or in any cloud. To date, 48 of the Fortune 50 companies rely on F5 to deliver apps that customers and employees can securely access at any time, on any device, from any location.

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Sample Customers
eVitamins, 9Splay, Senao International
MAXIMUS, Vivo, American Systems, Bangladesh Post Office, City Bank
Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider19%
Media Company15%
Financial Services Firm7%
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Financial Services Firm43%
Energy/Utilities Company14%
Non Tech Company14%
Printing Company14%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider27%
Computer Software Company26%
Financial Services Firm9%
Energy/Utilities Company5%
Company Size
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Small Business19%
Midsize Enterprise38%
Large Enterprise44%
REVIEWERS
Small Business31%
Midsize Enterprise44%
Large Enterprise25%
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AWS WAF is ranked 2nd in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 10 reviews while F5 Advanced WAF is ranked 5th in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 16 reviews. AWS WAF is rated 8.0, while F5 Advanced WAF is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of AWS WAF writes "Use this product to make it possible to deploy web applications securely". On the other hand, the top reviewer of F5 Advanced WAF writes "It is very stable as as a load balancer or a web application firewall". AWS WAF is most compared with Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, F5 BIG-IP, Akamai Kona Site Defender, Imperva Web Application Firewall and Cloudflare, whereas F5 Advanced WAF is most compared with Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, Fortinet FortiWeb, Citrix Web App and API Protection, NGINX Web Application Firewall and Cloudflare. See our AWS WAF vs. F5 Advanced WAF report.

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