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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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"I think installation only took a couple of minutes — no more than 10 minutes."

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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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"The scaling should be built into the software rather than configured from an outside source."

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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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"Compared to other similar solutions on the market, I think it's over-priced."

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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: I think installation only took a couple of minutes — no more than 10 minutes.
Top Answer: Their license fee has gone up, so that is one concern that we have. We are looking for alternative solutions which compare well and fit into our budget. We are interested in an open-source version… more »
Top Answer: We use NGINX as solution for load balancing our cluster production. Currently, we don't have any plans to increase the usage because each license costs around $2000 - $2500.
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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
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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.

NGINX Plus is the all‑in‑one application delivery platform for the modern application development.

NGINX is the world’s most popular all‑in‑one application delivery platform for the modern application development. NGINX Plus adds enterprise-ready features for HTTP, TCP, and UDP load balancing, such as session persistencehealth checksadvanced monitoring, and management to give you the freedom to innovate without being constrained by infrastructure.

NGINX Plus is a cloud‑native, reverse proxy, load balancer, and API gateway. NGINX Plus boasts scalable and reliable high availability along with monitoring to support debugging and diagnosing complex application architectures. Active health checks proactively poll upstream server status to get ahead of issues, and the integrated live activity monitoring dashboard provides a single‑pane view of your app environment. The NGINX Plus API enables integration with existing tools, optimizing resources and reducing tool sprawl.

NGINX Plus extends NGINX Open Source with many additional features and support, providing customers with a complete application delivery solution.

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Sample Customers
Riken, TransUnion, Tepco Systems Administration, Daejeon University, G&T Bank, Danamon, CyberAgent Inc.
Locaweb, AppNexus, Wix, Reliam, Montana Interactive, MuleSoft, Warpwire, Discovery Education, InkaBinka, WordPress.com, Gogo, GOV.UK, NASA
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%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider28%
Computer Software Company24%
Financial Services Firm8%
Government5%
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Small Business32%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise54%
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Small Business18%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise63%
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Small Business86%
Large Enterprise14%
Find out what your peers are saying about F5, Kemp, A10 Networks and others in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC). 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 NGINX Plus is ranked 7th in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) with 1 review. F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) is rated 8.2, while NGINX Plus is rated 8.0. 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 NGINX Plus writes "A reliable solution for load balancing, cluster production and more". F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) is most compared with Citrix ADC, Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, HAProxy, A10 Networks Thunder ADC and Fortinet FortiADC, whereas NGINX Plus is most compared with IIS, HAProxy, Kemp LoadMaster, Microsoft Azure Application Gateway and IBM DataPower Gateway.

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