We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"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."
"Attack prevention is the most valuable feature of this solution."
"F5 technical support is really good."
"The most important feature is that they have seven firewall protection, to protect our web servers."
"The most valuable feature is flexibility."
"Its flexibility is the most valuable because it is a managed service. The good part is that you don't need to set it up. It just needs DNS routing, which is the easiest thing. Our client had Akamai for certain websites because they were using CDN features. They had NetScaler on the internal zone, F5 AWAFs on the data centers, and no WAF at all in the cloud. One of the main activities of the project was to move all these policies into a single WAF so that we could control and use that as a choke point. That exercise itself was very easy because it was a managed service and F5 Silverline Web Application Firewall does that for you. That's the best thing about F5 Silverline Web Application Firewall. It is easy to apply policies on-premises. If you have AWAF on-premises and you want to replicate some policies on F5 Silverline Web Application Firewall, other than the policies that it applies by itself, it is easy because you have a team that supports it. F5 Silverline Web Application Firewall works perfectly fine. It pretty much does everything that an Advanced WAF on-premises should do."
"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."
"The cost of the solution is pretty high. It would be ideal if it was more reasonable."
"If we decide to migrate to the cloud, I don't think that BIG-IP is a good solution and we probably won't use it."
"Pricing needs improvement."
"In terms of the scalability, this part is always so confusing because they are checking for packet count. Also, after an attack, they said that the throughput must be from gigabits but then I check my bandwidth and it is already done in gigabits. So it is a little bit confusing."
"I just hope the price can be cheaper."
"We need to have support for cloud protection, which is not offered by this solution."
"F5 Silverline Web Application Firewall, being a new product in the market or comparatively related to a new product, currently supports less number of PoPs. They should introduce more PoPs. The current number of PoPs that they have is around 10 or 12, which is still relatively less as compared to 2,400 plus PoPs that Akamai offers. The user latency or the number of hops a user needs before reaching the actual web application is less in Akamai because it has its internal fabric to route the traffic. They need to spin up more data to increase its traffic handling capability. They can also include the bot detection capability, though it is a pretty advanced functionality. If they could include DataDome like functionality, that is, bot prediction, then F5 Silverline Web Application Firewall will be top-notch in the market."
"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."
"F5 Silverline Web Application Firewall works based on your bandwidth. They look at the clean bandwidth and do the pricing. 20% of a total pipe would be a clean bandwidth. The list price or a non-negotiated price for F5 Silverline Web Application Firewall would be around $2,200 per application per year for everything that you need. When you get into an enterprise kind of a setup, they negotiate this to the last bit. I would easily take 20% on that, which would be the cost, but it should cover all your Advance WAF features, bot protection, tech campaign, etc. It is built as a package and gives you most of the capability. You don't get the mobile SDK, which is an additional license. Mobile SDK is required only if you're buying or if you have a mobile application, and you are going to instrument F5 or Imperva into your mobile appliance. This anyways would be an additional module. It doesn't come within the WAF, but it is a WAF feature."
F5 BIG-IP LTM optimizes the speed and reliability of your apps via both network and application layers. Using real-time protocol and traffic management decisions based on app and server and connection management conditions, and TCP and content offloading, BIG-IP LTM dramatically improves application and infrastructure responsiveness. BIG-IP LTM's architecture includes protocol awareness to control traffic for the most important applications. BIG-IP LTM tracks the dynamic performance levels of servers and delivers SSL performance and visibility for inbound and outbound traffic, to protect the user experience by encrypting everything from the client to the server.
BIG-IP LTM provides enterprise-class Application Delivery Controller (ADC). You get granular layer 7 control, SSL offloading and acceleration capabilities, and advanced scaling technologies that deliver performance and reliability on-demand. The highly optimized TCP/IP stack combines TCP/IP techniques and improvements in the latest RFCs with extensions to minimize the effect of congestion and packet loss and recovery. Independent testing tools and customer experiences show LTM's TCP stack delivers up to a 2x performance gain for users and a 4x increase in bandwidth efficiency.
F5's Silverline Managed Services is a SaaS solution delivering DDoS protection, managed Web Application Firewall (WAF) services, and managed Shape Security Fraud and Anti-bot solutions.
Silverline services include 24x7 access to F5's Security Operations Center (SOC). F5's expert security professionals use F5 products with state-of-the-art security tools to ensure the best protection possible. As an add-on to Silverline DDoS or WAF services, Silverline Threat Intelligence integrates dynamic lists of threatening IP addresses to give context for policy decisions.
F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) is ranked 1st in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) with 30 reviews while F5 Silverline Managed Services is ranked 10th in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 5 reviews. F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) is rated 8.2, while F5 Silverline Managed Services is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) writes "Very stable and easy to use with a good GUI". On the other hand, the top reviewer of F5 Silverline Managed Services writes "It is flexible and lets you easily apply policies, but it needs to support more PoPs". F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) is most compared with Citrix ADC, Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, NGINX Plus, HAProxy and A10 Networks Thunder ADC, whereas F5 Silverline Managed Services is most compared with Cloudflare, Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, Arbor DDoS, AWS WAF and Akamai Kona Site Defender. See our F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) vs. F5 Silverline Managed Services report.
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