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Pros
"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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"The feature that I have found the most valuable is that it works for my use case of application load balancing. I'm using it for PeerSense, and it's easy enough for PeerSense."

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Cons
"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."

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"Pricing, monitoring, and reports can be improved."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"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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"HAProxy is free in the initial offer. However, pricing can be improved."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: We enjoy its overall ease of use.
Top Answer: The solution could work at lowering its prices a bit. The licensing needs to be a bit more flexible. We pay our licensing fees on a yearly basis.
Top Answer: The pricing could always be better. It's a bit expensive. It would be ideal if they offered integration with NGINX. They purchased NGINX as well. Therefore, if it's got integration with NGINX, then… more »
Top Answer: The feature that I have found the most valuable is that it works for my use case of application load balancing. I'm using it for PeerSense, and it's easy enough for PeerSense.
Top Answer: HAProxy is free in the initial offer. However, pricing can be improved.
Top Answer: Pricing, monitoring, and reports can be improved.
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F5 BIG-IP, BIG-IP LTM, F5 ASM, Viprion, F5 BIG-IP Virtual Edition , Crescendo Networks Application Delivery Controller, BIG IP
HAProxy Community Edition, HAProxy Enterprise Edition, HAPEE
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Overview

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.

HAProxy is the most widely used software load balancer and application delivery controller in the world. The core HAProxy application delivery engine is an open source project chiefly maintained by HAProxy Technologies and assisted by a thriving open source community. HAProxy Community Edition is available for free at haproxy.org. HAProxy Enterprise Edition is packaged with additional enterprise class features, services and premium support from HAProxy Technologies.

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Riken, TransUnion, Tepco Systems Administration, Daejeon University, G&T Bank, Danamon, CyberAgent Inc.
Booking.com, GitHub, Reddit, StackOverflow, Tumblr, Vimeo, Yelp
Top Industries
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Comms Service Provider23%
Financial Services Firm17%
Manufacturing Company11%
Energy/Utilities Company6%
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Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider23%
Financial Services Firm8%
Government6%
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Financial Services Firm36%
Marketing Services Firm18%
Retailer18%
Non Profit9%
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Computer Software Company28%
Comms Service Provider26%
Financial Services Firm6%
Government5%
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Small Business31%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise55%
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Small Business17%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise64%
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Small Business22%
Midsize Enterprise57%
Large Enterprise22%
Find out what your peers are saying about F5, Kemp, A10 Networks and others in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC). Updated: June 2021.
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F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) is ranked 1st in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) with 23 reviews while HAProxy is ranked 7th in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) with 1 review. F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) is rated 8.2, while HAProxy is rated 7.0. 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 HAProxy writes "Works for application load balancing, but pricing, monitoring, and reports need improvement". F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) is most compared with Citrix ADC, Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, NGINX Plus, A10 Networks Thunder ADC and Fortinet FortiWeb, whereas HAProxy is most compared with Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, NGINX Plus, Kemp LoadMaster, Citrix ADC and Barracuda Web Application Firewall.

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