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Pros
"The user interface is user-friendly.""The most valuable features are that it's reliable, convenient, and easy. It always works if configured well.""The feature I find most valuable, is the management portal.""The solution is very stable.""I like to work with the CMD command line because it's easy and it doesn't take very long to configure.""The solution is very easy to work with. This is its most valuable feature. They also did a good job surrounding how you configure the devices.""It's a very stable solution and I'd say it works perfectly.""The setup and installation was easy."

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"We're able to do load balancing and global load balancing. When you marry those two products together, you can do a lot more. We're able to deliver our applications more securely and faster. It has improved our deliverability where we have more service across the shared data centers. We can intelligently reach all of those client connections across all of the servers and do it fairly quickly. It has helped improve our application delivery and performance.""F5 BIG-IP is used with good applications and functions as an application firewall with additional features. We will not use any feature or any service unless there is a business case and there is a need for implementation.""Traffic Learning is the most valuable feature.""Good application firewall.""The most valuable feature is the proxy.""iRule feature is useful.""F5 has many capabilities for load balancing and web application firewall features.""We always use technical support and the team helps us very well. They're able to effectively find and fix issues and they respond very quickly."

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"In terms of what needs improvement, it should have better integration. Although, it might have already been taken care of.""I would like for it to have support for the Dutch language. I typically use English in 99% of our communications but for some people, it matters.""The graphical interface is old and needs to improve.""The pricing needs to be better.""It can be difficult to find service and at times we cannot connect with the internet easily.""Cisco device management is quite difficult. They should work to simplify this.""I think the administration can be improved to include web interfaces.""The servers should be more user-friendly."

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"I would like to see improvement in the manageability and easier setup.""There are issues with F5 BIG-IP but they are minor issues not affecting production and services. Sometimes the operations and the facility systems fail. However, there is an alert action from the windows. An ordeal for the manager.""The license terms for "non-commercial" will be a challenge for us.""The license terms for "non-commercial" will are challenging for us.""This is a very expensive solution.""It's a very expensive solution.""If they made it easier for engineers to get F5 training then it would be better.""Reporting could be improved and configuration made easier."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"I would say it is a bit expensive, but I think it is worth the price.""The pricing of the solution is reasonable""There are no pricing programs for non-profit organizations and the product is otherwise expensive by comparison."

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"They are expensive.""There are additional costs depending on what modules or what functionality is required.""F5 pricing is too high, compared to Citrix.""When we purchased additional licenses for our other locations, we received a discount of between 20% and 25%.""F5 BIG-IP can be expensive, although there are trial versions available which are helpful to find out if the solution is right for your company.""The price should be reduced because it is expensive when compared to the competition."

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Also Known As
Cisco SSL VPN 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
Cisco SSL VPN solutions help you easily and securely extend the network to users who have access to the Internet and a web browser. You can customize access and extend the reach of your corporate network to individuals based on their roles, including teleworker contractors and business partners.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
MST SystemsRiken, TransUnion, Tepco Systems Administration, Daejeon University, G&T Bank, Danamon, CyberAgent Inc.
Top Industries
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Computer Software Company22%
Aerospace/Defense Firm11%
Energy/Utilities Company11%
Real Estate/Law Firm11%
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Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider21%
Government9%
Media Company6%
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Comms Service Provider24%
Financial Services Firm20%
Manufacturing Company10%
Energy/Utilities Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company29%
Comms Service Provider22%
Financial Services Firm7%
Government6%
Company Size
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Small Business50%
Large Enterprise50%
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Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise58%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business13%
Midsize Enterprise26%
Large Enterprise60%
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco IOS SSL VPN vs. F5 BIG-IP and other solutions. Updated: March 2020.
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Cisco IOS SSL VPN is ranked 1st in SSL VPN with 10 reviews while F5 BIG-IP is ranked 1st in Application Delivery Controllers with 17 reviews. Cisco IOS SSL VPN is rated 8.0, while F5 BIG-IP is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Cisco IOS SSL VPN writes "Stable solution that provides secure access to your network and applications". On the other hand, the top reviewer of F5 BIG-IP writes "Stable and easy to set up with good anti-bot protection". Cisco IOS SSL VPN is most compared with Pulse Connect Secure, Citrix Gateway, AppGate, Symantec VIP Access Manager and SonicWall SMA, whereas F5 BIG-IP is most compared with Citrix ADC, HAProxy, A10 Networks Thunder ADC, Fortinet FortiWeb and Imperva Web Application Firewall. See our Cisco IOS SSL VPN vs. F5 BIG-IP report.

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