We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"The work balancing applications are the most valuable feature."
"The stability is good. If there is a problem, the load will be shifted to other sites automatically, which has been a good experience for us."
"Good dashboard and reporting."
"In terms of F5 Advanced WAF's most valuable features, I would definitely say its stability. F5 is one the most stable products. Either as the load balancer or the web application firewall, it is very stable."
"I like all of the features, but the main one is the attack signatures."
"There is no need to worry about updating signatures because WAF will automatically update the signatures for you."
"The support experience is better than average."
"Feature-wise, they are always cutting edge and up-to-date. Many features aren't available via competitors. There's always a lot of enhanced critical features that just aren't available through anyone else, or, if they are, are too lightweight."
"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."
"The most valuable feature is that it is secure."
"The product could be improved by making it easier to use and easier to implement."
"The reporting is not so good. They don't have an application to connect the logs."
"Scalability could be improved."
"I would say their graphical interface, the GUI. I don't like the GUI as much as before."
"The BIG-IQ is supposed to centralize the management for all of the boxes but it's not very effective."
"The contextual-based component needs a lot of help to catch up with the next-gen products."
"There is a learning curve that extends the time of implementation."
"We usually use a third-party tool for logging and reporting. It would be nice if we could do that right on this solution. They have one, but it's not very stable. Logging and reporting effectively would be a big enhancement."
"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 after some limit if a customer doesn't have any external Syslog server. It is a problem for those customers who want to review event logs after a week or so because they won't get proper reports or event logs. They should increase the duration to at least a month or two for storing the data on the device. F5 is not a leader in Gartner Quadrant, which affects us when we go and pitch this solution. Customers normally go and take a look at such annual reports, and because F5 is currently not there as a leader, the customers ask about it even though we are saying it is good in all things. F5 is not known for something totally different or unique. They were a major player in ADP, and they are just rebranding themselves into security. They should improve or increase their marketing as a security company now. They have already started to do that, but they should do it more so that when it comes to security, customers can easily remember F5. At the moment, if we say F5, load balancing comes to mind. With rebranding and marketing, all customers should get the idea that F5 is now mainly focusing on the security part of it, and it is a security company instead of load balancing. This is the first solution that should come to a customer's mind for a web application firewall."
"The interface is old-looking, it's not modern, which is why it's not always comfortable to use."
"We have all the features and functions of Citrix because we have a premium license."
"For partners, NetScaler is not as expensive price-wise versus F5."
"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."
"There are various plans available for Fortinet FortiWeb Cloud WAF as a Service, including a trial version."
"It is expensive. Its price should be better. Its licensing is on a yearly basis. Its licensing is also based on the model. There are no additional costs."
"I don't have any issue with the pricing of this solution."
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Citrix Web App Firewall is a web application firewall (WAF) that protects web applications and sites from both known and unknown attacks, including application-layer and zero-day threats. Despite an ever-evolving threat landscape, Citrix Web App Firewall delivers comprehensive protection without degrading throughput or application response times. Available as a cloud solution or integrated within the Citrix ADC platform, simplified configuration controls further mitigate risk. Our pooled licensing options allow you to grow incrementally and scale on demand.
F5's Advanced WAF is built on proven F5 technology and goes beyond reactive security such as static signatures and reputation to proactively detect and mitigate bots, secure credentials and sensitive data, and defend against application denial-of-service (DoS). Advanced WAF redefines application security to address the most prevalent threats organizations face today.
Advanced WAF is offered as an appliance, virtual edition, and as a managed service—providing automated WAF services that meet complex deployment and management requirements while protecting your apps with great precision. It is the most effective solution for guarding modern applications and data from existing and emerging threats while maintaining compliance with key regulatory mandates.
Advanced WAF redefines application security to address the most prevalent threats organizations face today:
•Web attacks that steal credentials and gain unauthorized access across user accounts.
•Application layer attacks that evade static security based on reputation and manual signatures.
•New attack surfaces and threats due to the rapid adoption of APIs.
•OWASP Top 10 vulnerabilities
Citrix Web App and API Protection is ranked 16th in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 2 reviews while F5 Advanced WAF is ranked 4th in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 11 reviews. Citrix Web App and API Protection is rated 8.0, while F5 Advanced WAF is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Citrix Web App and API Protection writes "Offers valuable work balancing applications and assists with the customer's communication requirements". 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". Citrix Web App and API Protection is most compared with Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, Fortinet FortiWeb, F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM), Cloudflare and Imperva Web Application Firewall, whereas F5 Advanced WAF is most compared with Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, Fortinet FortiWeb, NGINX App Protect, Imperva Web Application Firewall and Azure Front Door. See our Citrix Web App and API Protection vs. F5 Advanced WAF report.
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