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Pros
"The most valuable feature of Cloudflare is that it has a free version. They give us the free version with the anti-DDoS features and also the load balancing solution.""The technical support is good.""It is easier to configure and develop documentation to see how we have configured firewalls.""The most valuable feature is the web application firewall.""The solution is very good at mitigating threats.""New and innovative way to protect the client's data."

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"I was able to simply and quickly set up the WAF rules and security, and also set up easily complex policies and rules which gave me some great features to redirect.""The detail that you have available when setting up iRules.""Where we are finding the AWS version helpful is when we are trying to scale up new environments. AWS Marketplace helps here a lot.""Load balancing generally brings high availability and a bigger ability to scale out. In some cases, it brings security, depending on how it is configured.""We have found the consistency of the application always being the way it is supposed to be as its most valuable feature.""It supports APIs and virtual additions for cloud and VMware.""Routing and load balancing are its most valuable features.""The product is very stable. We put a decent amount of stress on it given our load."

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"If they improve on the placement of their data centers, it would be better. I'm living in a remote area. I would like to connect to them without any kind of lag.""The product support needs to be accessible from more places, a wider area of coverage.""It should have easier documentation for the configuration. It's very technical and people who aren't technical should also be able to do the configuration.""There should be a specific price list for enterprise-level customers.""The solution could use more analytics on the backend to give us more insights into everything. More reports would be helpful.""Technical support is lacking."

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"I used GitHub for autoscaling CloudFormation, and I found two bugs and I submitted them. Their implementation in GitHub could be cleaner and allow for a bit more customization.""For integration with other AWS environments, we do some tie-ins with some autoscaling groups. This has been challenging for us. We have had issues, where when autoscaling groups scale up, there are some instances which are not showing up in the proper size. Then, those IPs would get registered with F5, but never get released. Therefore, we are ending up with a whole bunch of ghosted IPs.""The management interface is unclear, complex, and not concise. I would like a better user interface.""I would like them to expand load balancing, being able to go across multiple regions to on-premise and into the cloud. This could use improvement, as it is sometimes a little cumbersome.""While the licensing is good through the AWS Marketplace, it is more expensive than what you could buy yourself.""Cloud native integration should be provided.""Native support for containers should be added to future releases, as this is the future of load balancing.""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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"There are no additional costs beyond the standard licensing fees.""The cost primarily depends on the size of the organization."

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"The cost that they have with AWS are almost prohibitive. I'm being forced to use F5 WAF. I would not simply use it based on cost. I agree that they have some great features, but for me, cost is key in terms of AWS.""I am a fan of using AWS natively. It is much cheaper.""It could be priced a little less, especially on the virtual side. It gets a bit expensive, but you get what you pay.""Purchasing through the AWS Marketplace was very simple. The main reason that we went this way was the simplicity of buying it there. It is maintained and upgraded for us, and this makes it easy to stay current.""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.""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.""The price is high."

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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

Cloudflare is the leading performance and security company helping to build a better Internet. Today the company runs one of the world’s largest networks that powers more than 9 million Internet applications. More than 10 trillion Internet requests flow through Cloudflare’s network each month, accounting for nearly 10% of all Internet requests globally.

Cloudflare protects and accelerates any Internet application online without adding hardware, installing software, or changing a line of code. Internet properties powered by Cloudflare have all web traffic routed through its intelligent global network, which gets smarter with each new site added. As a result, they see significant improvement in performance and a decrease in spam and other attacks.

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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Trusted by over 9,000,000 Internet Applications and APIs, including Nasdaq, Zendesk, Crunchbase, Steve Madden, OkCupid, Cisco, Quizlet, Discord and more.Riken, TransUnion, Tepco Systems Administration, Daejeon University, G&T Bank, Danamon, CyberAgent Inc.
Top Industries
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Energy/Utilities Company15%
Marketing Services Firm15%
Engineering Company15%
Financial Services Firm15%
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Computer Software Company29%
Comms Service Provider21%
Media Company10%
Retailer6%
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Financial Services Firm21%
Comms Service Provider21%
Energy/Utilities Company8%
Manufacturing Company8%
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Computer Software Company31%
Comms Service Provider21%
Government6%
Financial Services Firm6%
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Small Business66%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise16%
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Small Business15%
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Large Enterprise56%
Find out what your peers are saying about Cloudflare vs. F5 BIG-IP and other solutions. Updated: May 2020.
446,626 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Cloudflare is ranked 2nd in DDoS with 7 reviews while F5 BIG-IP is ranked 1st in Application Delivery Controllers with 23 reviews. Cloudflare is rated 8.2, while F5 BIG-IP is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Cloudflare writes "Robust, secure and innovative; technical support needs to be improved". On the other hand, 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". Cloudflare is most compared with Imperva Incapsula, Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, Akamai, Arbor DDoS and Sucuri, whereas F5 BIG-IP is most compared with Citrix ADC, HAProxy, Fortinet FortiWeb, A10 Networks Thunder ADC and Kemp LoadMaster. See our Cloudflare vs. F5 BIG-IP report.

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