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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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"The security features are the most valuable features of this solution.""We really like the performance of this solution.""I like the way this solution handles multiple SSLs in different domains while still load balancing.""The base feature of Kemp LoadMaster load balancing ticks all the boxes but the most valuable features would be the security features Intrusion Prevention (IPS) and Web Application Firewall (WAF).""I like that this is a Network Load Balancer that can be used practically with any application in the backend. They have how-to guides on how to set up Kemp NLB with Exchange, but you can use it as well for Sharepoint, RDS, or any other back end server.""The most valuable feature that I found is the load balancing feature, it is the core function of the product.""When you configure the listening services, you can implement a lot of security features like the Edge Security Pack that intercepts the requests and processes those before they are sent to the real servers.""The configuration is really easy and the web portal is self-explanatory."

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"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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"To make it a perfect ten out of ten it would need better connection logging. If there is an active connection, that there is better logging. It should also have better management monitoring tools.""The GUI is rather technical and complex, so it could be improved by making it simpler and more user-friendly.""Although Kemp is very user-friendly, it lacks a more custom configuration.""Overall, the Kemp LoadMaster has been an all-rounder great product and stable. The free trial and virtual edition make it a breeze for any potential customer to give it a spin before actually deciding to put it on the infrastructure or even talk to the CFO.""The product is really good as-is out of the box. If there is one thing I would change is to have the license file not be coupled with the MAC address of the device. This is actually not really useful in a virtual environment where if you have a single VM with KEMP LoadMaster and you have not set up static MAC Address, if you, for example, recreate the VM and just load the disk file on a new VM it will get new MAC address and the NLB will not work as it will not see a proper license.""Third, the password history restriction needs improvement. For example, the password policy will restrict the user to always use a unique password combination. The password should not be reused for a minimum of three generations of passwords.""It would be helpful if there were a way to incorporate tooltips on the fields so that we don't have to dig through documentation.""I think there should be more visual instructions on how to configure advanced features."

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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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"The license varies according to the number of megabits.""Licensing is yearly and I am going to guess that it is CAN $2000.00.""Any decent product will cost money and if you want great support and a great product, then you will want to spend the money on it.""Nowadays, going with the virtual appliance is the easiest way and the cost is reasonable.""They have multiple tiers of licensing and you can upgrade it easily.""Pricing for the perpetual licensing was fair to us for the features and ease of use we received.""This product has good value and features for the money.""The setup cost and pricing plan is reasonable and will ultimately give you a worthy return."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: In terms of stability, it is stable.
Top Answer: When you buy it you have a license bundle which I think you have to renew every year or every couple of years.
Top Answer: In terms of what could be improved, I would expect more integration with different platforms and more integration with the backend systems. Additionally, in the next release, I would like a more… more »
Top Answer: Failover is seamless and our services are rock solid.
Top Answer: The Kemp LoadMaster is a tremendous value. It works well and is easy to set up and to maintain.
Top Answer: If I had to pick an area for improvement, I think it would be direct integration with the template library. At present, you need to download the templates from the Kemp support portal and then upload… more »
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Also Known As
F5 BIG-IP, BIG-IP LTM, F5 ASM, Viprion, F5 BIG-IP Virtual Edition , Crescendo Networks Application Delivery Controller, BIG IP
LoadMaster Load Balancer
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Overview

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.

Kemp LoadMaster provides High Availability, Scalability and Security for Application Delivery. Optimized load balancers for Hybrid Cloud and Public Cloud deployments. Available for Microsoft Azure and Amazon AWS.

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Sample Customers
Riken, TransUnion, Tepco Systems Administration, Daejeon University, G&T Bank, Danamon, CyberAgent Inc.
Kent County Council, KEMP, SMA Solar Technology AG, RT€ Player , Victrix (Quebec, Canada), Texas A&M, Macmillan Cancer Support, Cisco, Austin Bank
Top Industries
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Comms Service Provider24%
Financial Services Firm18%
Manufacturing Company10%
Energy/Utilities Company6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider23%
Financial Services Firm8%
Government6%
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Transportation Company13%
Energy/Utilities Company13%
Financial Services Firm13%
Manufacturing Company9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider28%
Computer Software Company24%
Government8%
Educational Organization4%
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Small Business32%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise54%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business18%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise63%
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Small Business49%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise28%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business32%
Midsize Enterprise41%
Large Enterprise27%
Find out what your peers are saying about F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) vs. Kemp LoadMaster and other solutions. Updated: September 2021.
536,114 professionals have used our research since 2012.

F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) is ranked 1st in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) with 30 reviews while Kemp LoadMaster is ranked 2nd in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) with 32 reviews. F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) is rated 8.2, while Kemp LoadMaster is rated 9.6. 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 Kemp LoadMaster writes "Intuitive interface and can be used practically with any application in the backend". F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) is most compared with Citrix ADC, Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, NGINX Plus, HAProxy and Zscaler Private Access, whereas Kemp LoadMaster is most compared with HAProxy, NGINX Plus, Fortinet FortiADC, Citrix ADC and Microsoft Azure Application Gateway. See our F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) vs. Kemp LoadMaster report.

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