Barracuda Web Application Firewall vs. F5 BIG-IP

Barracuda Web Application Firewall is ranked 9th in Web Application Security with 4 reviews vs F5 BIG-IP which is ranked 1st in Web Application Security with 34 reviews. The top reviewer of Barracuda Web Application Firewall writes "Give us visibility into server connections/sessions, real-time alerts, KPIs". The top reviewer of F5 BIG-IP writes "It could be hard to scale because we will be encrypting and decrypting. The connection through the API Gateway worked in no time, which was fantastic". Barracuda Web Application Firewall is most compared with F5 BIG-IP, KEMP LoadMaster and Citrix NetScaler ADC. F5 BIG-IP is most compared with HAProxy , Citrix NetScaler ADC and A10 Networks Thunder ADC. See our Barracuda Web Application Firewall vs. F5 BIG-IP report.
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Pros
The updating and signature features are my primary use case for the solution. These features are beneficial to my organization.It allows us to scale out to multiple phase servers.We run it with no downtime, because it has good support.This product gives us visibility into what is going on in two servers, including connections and sessions, real-time alerts, very good reporting, and KPIs. It makes managing security of a critical server very easy, with a friendly GUI.There is no one special feature, but the WAF itself is valuable: user-friendly protection against web attacks etc., authentication, reporting, accountability, alerting, and hardened OS.

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It is a fast and available solution.It is the perfect solution when you have high workloads in your IT environment.It integrates with AWS WAF, which makes it easy to deploy without changes to your infrastructure.It improves the overall performance of applications by decreasing the burden on servers associated with managing and maintaining applications and network sessions, as well as by performing application-specific tasks.Initial setup is easy and pretty standard.It is a very good, flexible solution. It helps us to catch up on flaws in our partner solutions on top of its load balancing feature.Along with load balancing, we perform a lot of packet inspections, URL rewriting, and SSL interceptions via iRule.The configuration and integration into the AWS environment was pretty easy.

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Cons
I would suggest that someone implementing this product is knowledgeable in the IT field, and with the network needs. It is complex.If you know nothing about networks, then you can't set it up.It is not stable nor mature.This product could easily progress to be among the industry leaders. I think they need to improve enterprise level automation. It integrates with a small number of vulnerability scanners, so report results should be imported manually; same for SIEM integration.

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I would like them to have more flexible models.Performance: Using the product, applications are jittery.​Needs to provide a visual interface to follow a customer's activity (from client to BIG-IP to SNAT IP to the chosen server, then back). Today, we are still performing packet captures.We would like to see load balancing between the cloud and the on-premise, a straightforward deployment feature.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.The auto logout feature after three minutes is terrible. I wish they would make that longer, since it is not a feature that we can change.They could improve the product's ease of use. There is some confusion how to operate it.Certificate management needs improvement. I would like automated deployment of new certificates without manual intervention to be in the next release of this product.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
They have competitive pricing.The pricing is less compared to other web applications.

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We purchased through the AWS Marketplace because it was a popular way to go, and we were intrigued. The price of this product is not an issue. They have good pricing and licensing.Unless the price difference is large, this is not the primary concern for the product. The performance and product-related issues (secure for VPN, multi-function for network device, etc.) are the keys.I would recommend that the cost be lowered.If you are planning to use security features, better to go for strong hardware and the best bundle license, which is great for web security.The price is high.We have found the pricing and licensing on AWS to be competitive.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.It is sort of a commodity product. A load balancer is a load balancer. What will be, at the end of the day, the cheapest option or have the best performance, that is what it will come down to.

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9th
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3,001
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1,811
Reviews
3
Followers
63
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9.0
1st
Views
39,894
Comparisons
25,460
Reviews
29
Followers
638
Avg. Rating
7.9
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Also Known As
BIG-IP, BIG-IP LTM, F5 ASM, Viprion, F5 BIG-IP Virtual Edition , Crescendo Networks Application Delivery Controller, BIG IP
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Overview

Barracuda Web Application Firewall is the ideal solution for organizations looking to protect web applications from data breaches and defacement. With the Barracuda Web Application Firewall, administrators do not need to wait for clean code or even know how an application works to secure their applications. Organizations can ensure robust security with a Barracuda Web Application Firewall hardware or virtual appliance, deployed either on-premises or in the cloud.

The BIG-IP family of products offers the application intelligence that network managers need to ensure applications are fast, secure, and available. All BIG-IP products share a common underlying architecture, F5's Traffic Management Operating System (TMOS), which provides unified intelligence, flexibility, and programmability. Together, BIG-IP's powerful platforms, advanced modules, and centralized management system make up the most comprehensive set of application delivery tools in the industry.
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Sample Customers
Oracle, CBS, Pioneer, Hyundai, Publix, Barnes Noble, Calzedonia, Nordstrom, Samsung, NascarRiken, TransUnion, Tepco Systems Administration, Daejeon University, G&T Bank, Danamon, CyberAgent Inc.
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REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm33%
Comms Service Provider28%
Manufacturing Company11%
Insurance Company6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Financial Services Firm36%
Comms Service Provider16%
Manufacturing Company9%
Marketing Services Firm8%
Company Size
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REVIEWERS
Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise56%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business35%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise53%
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