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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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"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.""The product is quite flexible.""This is a solution that does what it's supposed to do at the price point."

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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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"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.""The logging features are too limited and do not give us a solid understanding of what's happening.""The web interface could be better."

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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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"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.""The solution is quite expensive if we compare it with the competition.""It is a bit expensive product. Kemp Loadmaster is much cheaper than F5. Its licensing is on a yearly basis. It can be for one year or three years.""The price of the solution is sometimes expensive."

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Questions from the Community
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 »
Top Answer: Performance parameters if of Imperva X10K and BIG-IP i2600 may be checked in the following links:… more »
Top Answer: The solution is very easy to use and easy to understand. It's quite an intuitive system.
Top Answer: The costs could be lower. In a report, we found that Citrix Solutions are somehow cheaper - including in relation to encryption licensing. I cannot compare as I haven't spoken to Citrix. I don't know… more »
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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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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.

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
MAXIMUS, Vivo, American Systems, Bangladesh Post Office, City Bank
Riken, TransUnion, Tepco Systems Administration, Daejeon University, G&T Bank, Danamon, CyberAgent Inc.
Top Industries
Financial Services Firm43%
Energy/Utilities Company14%
Non Tech Company14%
Printing Company14%
Comms Service Provider27%
Computer Software Company27%
Financial Services Firm8%
Energy/Utilities Company5%
Comms Service Provider23%
Financial Services Firm19%
Manufacturing Company9%
Energy/Utilities Company7%
Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider23%
Financial Services Firm7%
Company Size
Small Business31%
Midsize Enterprise44%
Large Enterprise25%
Small Business30%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise55%
Small Business17%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise62%
Find out what your peers are saying about F5 Advanced WAF vs. F5 BIG-IP and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
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F5 Advanced WAF is ranked 5th in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 16 reviews while F5 BIG-IP is ranked 1st in Application Delivery Controllers with 20 reviews. F5 Advanced WAF is rated 8.6, while F5 BIG-IP is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of F5 Advanced WAF writes "It is very stable as as a load balancer or a web application firewall". On the other hand, the top reviewer of F5 BIG-IP writes "Very stable and easy to use with a good GUI". F5 Advanced WAF is most compared with Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, Fortinet FortiWeb, Citrix Web App and API Protection, NGINX Web Application Firewall and Avi Networks Intelligent Web Application Firewall, whereas F5 BIG-IP is most compared with Citrix ADC, HAProxy, Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, A10 Networks Thunder ADC and NGINX Plus. See our F5 Advanced WAF vs. F5 BIG-IP report.

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