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It is a very good, flexible solution. It helps us to catch up on flaws in our partner solutions on top of its load balancing feature.
Along with load balancing, we perform a lot of packet inspections, URL rewriting, and SSL interceptions via iRule.
If I were to choose one key feature in particular, perhaps it would be the iRule feature. It’s a really versatile tool.
It has so many features. First of all, it has a full proxy architecture, it has multiple modules. The best feature is the WAF, the web application firewall module. It also has cashing type capabilities. It has all kinds of load-balancing algorithms based on your IT requirements.
It provides first-tier firewalling, for you application. And it provides server load-balancing, it provides optimization, and it provides a proxy feature, where your users cannot directly access your server. It acts as a fully proxy architecture. It has client-side and server-side connections, both, and they're separate.
We now get notifications when pool members go down, and we eliminate our downtime by not sending traffic to downed pool members.
We have about 30,000 connections going through at any one time and it's fine, it doesn't seem to sweat. It doesn't get overloaded.
Most important for us that it makes sure that the load is distributed and that we always have access to the end servers.
The user interface precludes need to be well versed with Linux IPVS command line. This make it easy for junior team members to participate in managing load balancing needs.
Needs to provide a visual interface to follow a customer's activity (from client to BIG-IP to SNAT IP to the chosen server, then back). Today, we are still performing packet captures.
The one gap I saw was that pure LBN integration is a little tricky. The insertion of F5 in LBN is a little tricky. They need to work on something, on products by which they can insert F5 in any sort of cloud environment.
Improvements should enable customers to build a tailor-made solution in the future through a service portal.
I would like a notification when a new version of the software is available. They told me to sign up for their newsletter, but I have not received any notification for a newer software version.
Possibly a more graphical overview page (with colors) to give a two second overview to see if everything is working fine.
The automatic refresh of the System Overview webpage: It sometimes has an extra webpage reload (after a change) before you see it is executed. This can be confusing.
They're mostly designed to balance a particular type of traffic. I wanted to load balance DNS, and they just don't do it the way that we wanted to. So they're not used as DNS load balancers.
It would be great if there was a way to gain access to the graphing data, to create custom reports. If we had a way to use the graphing data, we could use it to present certain information to our client, such as the uptime status for their service.
If I have to say something, I suppose they could add an automated configuration backup to an FTP location (or something similar) so you don’t have to manually do it. I don’t see this as a problem, of course, as the configuration rarely changes and we only need one backup, but maybe for other users that feature would be handy.
Pricing and Cost Advice
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.
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.
F5 is more expensive than other solutions, so you have to be sure F5 is the best solution to fit the requirements.
It is inexpensive, and even their “unlimited” version, the VA MAX is still far cheaper than competitors.
I love that they do not price on some arbitrary throughput rating where you are guessing at what the load balancer is going to handle.
We've got an unlimited license, which doesn't costs that much compared to other vendors, and we don't have to buy it again.
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|Also Known As||BIG-IP, BIG-IP LTM, F5 ASM, Viprion, F5 BIG-IP Virtual Edition|
|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.|
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