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iRule feature is useful.The most valuable feature is the proxy.Good application firewall.Traffic Learning is the most valuable feature.F5 BIG-IP is used with good applications and functions as an application firewall with additional features. We will not use any feature or any service unless there is a business case and there is a need for implementation.We're able to do load balancing and global load balancing. When you marry those two products together, you can do a lot more. We're able to deliver our applications more securely and faster. It has improved our deliverability where we have more service across the shared data centers. We can intelligently reach all of those client connections across all of the servers and do it fairly quickly. It has helped improve our application delivery and performance.It is a fast and available solution.It is the perfect solution when you have high workloads in your IT environment.

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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.It solves a problem for me where I can build files, not based on the health of the check, but rather the speed of the check.

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Reporting could be improved and configuration made easier.If they made it easier for engineers to get F5 training then it would be better.It's a very expensive solution.This is a very expensive solution.The license terms for "non-commercial" will be a challenge for us.The license terms for "non-commercial" will are challenging for us.There are issues with F5 BIG-IP but they are minor issues not affecting production and services. Sometimes the operations and the facility systems fail. However, there is an alert action from the windows. An ordeal for the manager.I would like to see improvement in the manageability and easier setup.

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Pricing, monitoring, and reports can be improved.The logging functionality could use improvement, as it is a little cryptic.

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There are additional costs depending on what modules or what functionality is required.They are expensive.We purchased through the AWS Marketplace because it was a popular way to go, and we were intrigued. The price of this product is not an issue. They have good pricing and licensing.Unless the price difference is large, this is not the primary concern for the product. The performance and product-related issues (secure for VPN, multi-function for network device, etc.) are the keys.I would recommend that the cost be lowered.If you are planning to use security features, better to go for strong hardware and the best bundle license, which is great for web security.The price is high.We have found the pricing and licensing on AWS to be competitive.

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HAProxy is free in the initial offer. However, pricing can be improved.The only cost is for the image manager, who is responsible for uploading the image, and that is trivial.

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Top Answer: Performance parameters if of Imperva X10K and BIG-IP i2600 may be checked in the following links: https://www.imperva.com/resources/datasheets/Imperva-DS-SECURESPHERE-APPLIANCE-Web092118-1.pdf… more »
Top Answer: For ADC both are very good, But in the leader in Gartner of ADC products, the tops rivals are Citrix ADC and F5  They are very good and can do the job but only some major differences to consider are.… more »
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BIG-IP, BIG-IP LTM, F5 ASM, Viprion, F5 BIG-IP Virtual Edition , Crescendo Networks Application Delivery Controller, BIG IPHAProxy 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
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Find out what your peers are saying about F5 BIG-IP vs. HAProxy and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
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F5 BIG-IP is ranked 1st in Application Delivery Controllers with 22 reviews while HAProxy is ranked 5th in Application Delivery Controllers with 3 reviews. F5 BIG-IP is rated 8.0, while HAProxy is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of F5 BIG-IP writes "It could be hard to scale because we will be encrypting and decrypting. The connection through the API Gateway worked in no time, which was fantastic". On the other hand, the top reviewer of HAProxy writes "A containerized solution for TCP load balancing". F5 BIG-IP is most compared with Citrix ADC, Fortinet FortiWeb, A10 Networks Thunder ADC, NGINX Plus and Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, whereas HAProxy is most compared with Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, NGINX Plus, Citrix ADC, Kemp LoadMaster and Barracuda Web Application Firewall. See our F5 BIG-IP vs. HAProxy report.

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