F5 BIG-IP vs Loadbalancer.org

F5 BIG-IP is ranked 1st in Application Delivery Controllers with 20 reviews vs Loadbalancer.org which is ranked 5th in Application Delivery Controllers with 10 reviews. The top reviewer of F5 BIG-IP writes "Hardware and software partitioning enable us to deploy multiple instances, two vCMPs". The top reviewer of Loadbalancer.org writes "Just works, providing high-availability and load balancing when there is an outage". F5 BIG-IP is most compared with Citrix NetScaler ADC, A10 Networks Thunder ADC and Radware Alteon. Loadbalancer.org is most compared with KEMP LoadMaster, F5 BIG-IP and HAProxy . See our F5 BIG-IP vs Loadbalancer.org report.
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Pros
Valuable features include Link Controller and Server Load Balancer.It is an easy way to build application policies (graphical).It makes the publishing of applications to the Internet safer.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.

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We now get notifications when pool members go down, and we eliminate our downtime by not sending traffic to downed pool members.​With basic network knowledge, our required system functionality can be configured and maintained.​The load balancers have an easy installation and a relatively simple, easy user interface to use.The SSL Layer 7 load balancing is valuable.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.It does what it’s supposed to do which is balancing an important intranet site we are using, so if one server dies, the second becomes active straight away.

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Cons
Internet and cloud support could be improved.Security enhancement should be more user friendly.It would possibly help to get more training, even better in local languages.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 SharePoint SSO part has some room for improvement.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.Performance: Using the product, applications are jittery.​

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​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.Originally we had some stability issues with it, so they replaced it with a new box and it's fine.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.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
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.F5 isn’t cheap but is worth the price.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 the best solution but that comes with an increased price.Great product for the money. But they can get really expensive, so get what meets your needs.Check other vendors like Cisco, Citrix or A10 Networks. There are plenty in the market with which you can achieve same thing.

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It filled a requirement for our project, and it did so at lesser cost than their competitors.​These guys make their pricing scheme really easy.​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.They're not the cheapest, not the most expensive, but I think value-wise, they're 100%.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.It was easy to upgrade the license for unlimited clusters and servers. Pricing is fair.I think it’s very affordable.

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Also Known As
Also Known AsBIG-IP, BIG-IP LTM, F5 ASM, Viprion, F5 BIG-IP Virtual Edition
Website/Video
Website/VideoF5
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Overview
OverviewThe 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.

Loadbalancer.org leads the market in delivering high-performance load balancers and load balancing solutions to customers around the world. Customers who depend on the high-availability of business critical applications can take advantage of unparalleled versatility, affordable costs and instant access to the industry’s most responsive 24/7 support – even during a free trial. Founded in 2002, Loadbalancer.org has offices in the USA, Canada, Germany and headquarters in the UK. With thousands of physical, virtual & cloud-based appliances deployed across six continents, Loadbalancer.org ensures the uptime of e-commerce websites & mission critical applications globally, whilst also improving performance, security, scalability and providing a rapid return on investment (ROI). Loadbalancer.org offers a no-nonsense approach and complete focus on load balancing.

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Sample Customers
Sample CustomersRiken, TransUnion, Tepco Systems Administration, Daejeon University, G&T Bank, Danamon, CyberAgent Inc.Vodafone, NASA, Mercedes, NBC, Siemens, AT&T, Barclays, Zurich, Penn State University, Fiserv, Canon, Toyota, University of Cambridge, US Army, US Navy, Ocean Spray, ASOS, Pfizer, BBC, Bacardi, Monsoon, River Island, U.S Air Force, King's College London, NHS, Ricoh, Philips, Santander, TATA Communications, Ericcson, Ross Video, Evertz, TalkTalk TV, Giacom, Rapid Host.
Top Industries
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Comms Service Provider
33%
Financial Services Firm
25%
Non Tech Company
8%
Media Company
8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Financial Services Firm
25%
Comms Service Provider
13%
University
8%
Manufacturing Company
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Company Size
Company Size
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Small Business
9%
Midsize Enterprise
18%
Large Enterprise
73%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business
17%
Midsize Enterprise
19%
Large Enterprise
65%
REVIEWERS
Small Business
38%
Midsize Enterprise
13%
Large Enterprise
50%
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