Li Kien LeeNetwork Engineer at a tech services company
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."
"The most valuable features are support and security."
"The GUI is user-friendly and it's easy to understand how to manage it."
"I have recently been looking at the SSL certificate features and the learning mode of the appliance. This appliance learns from the pattern of SSL attacks."
"The GUI is user-friendly."
"This product is very user-friendly."
"It is easy to install and to maintain."
"It's stable and works efficiently against OWASP Top 10 attacks."
"It is a stable product."
"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."
"I would like to see more improvements with respect to threat intelligence."
"Describing security rules should be improved. It's tricky to define new feature tools when you want to describe an attack pattern and want to block it."
"We would like the interface to be easier to use and more user-friendly. The interface needs to be enhanced."
"The integration with other products should be improved."
"FortiWeb needs to have support for the newest technology being used in web applications."
"In terms of performance, it needs to be more robust."
"The Layer 7 DDoS attacks need improvement, it could be better."
"Fortinet WAF came out recently, and there is not much feedback about customer experience. For each project, customers ask about the scenarios and references of the customers who have implemented this solution, which we don't have. They need to simplify the customer experience and provide more information so that we can propose Fortinet Fortiweb as a WAF solution to customers and convince them. They need to improve their service and training. We need good training to implement and use it properly and know more about it. We still don't know much about Fortinet WAF. We didn't get any proper training sessions. Other vendors like Cisco, Palo Alto, Check Point, and Barracuda provide such sessions. Whenever we receive a request from a customer for this solution, we just give the price. We don't propose this solution because we don't know much about it. We propose whatever we are familiar with and what is supported."
"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."
"The costs are standard. We pay around $1,600 yearly."
"All our Fortinet pricing is bundled together for different products, like FortiGate, FortiAnalyzer, and FortiWeb. FortiWeb, by itself, is probably around $2,500 to $3,500."
"FortiWeb is more expensive than some competing products."
"Due to the situation in Iran with the sanctions, the price of this solution is very expensive."
"It's an expensive solution, although there are no additional costs."
"It is fine now. We had to earlier negotiate the price."
"It is an expensive suite and it is an expensive solution, but it is a manageable one for an enterprise."
"Its subscription prices are cheaper, and it is not very expensive. From a price perspective, Fortinet is a very well-known security vendor. Subscriptions are very simple. They have a couple of licenses on an appliance, and that's it. The cost is not that big. One license is 40K, which they give with all the products. Another one includes the subscriptions for threat prevention, IPS, sandboxing, etc, which is more than enough."
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.
FortiWeb is a web application firewall (WAF) that protects hosted web applications from attacks that target known and unknown exploits. Using multi-layered and correlated detection methods, FortiWeb defends applications from known vulnerabilities and from zero-day threats.
F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) is ranked 1st in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) with 30 reviews while Fortinet FortiWeb is ranked 1st in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 20 reviews. F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) is rated 8.2, while Fortinet FortiWeb 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 Fortinet FortiWeb writes "This flexible suite solves compliance problems but that comes at a cost". F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) is most compared with Citrix ADC, Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, NGINX Plus, HAProxy and AWS WAF, whereas Fortinet FortiWeb is most compared with Fortinet FortiADC, Fortinet FortiOS, F5 Advanced WAF, Microsoft Azure Application Gateway and AWS WAF. See our F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) vs. Fortinet FortiWeb report.
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