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"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.""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.""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."

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"The most valuable aspect is that it establishes user security.""It is easy to expand. Our clients are enterprise-size.""The most valuable feature is the load-balancing reverse proxy.""The interface is easy, it's friendly, and has good alerting."

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"I would like to see improvement in the manageability and easier setup.""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.""The license terms for "non-commercial" will be a challenge for us.""The license terms for "non-commercial" will are challenging for us.""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."

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"I would like for the load balancing to work with premier and the cloud, a mix of premium and cloud.""Load balancing needs improvement. It needs better integration. I heard f5 works as a DNS operator which is not available in this solution. It would be better if that was implemented.""We are having a difficult time with the security module, and how to implement the Radware security.""Support is an area that needs improvement."

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"They are expensive.""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."

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Hernan Gutierrez
author avatarThameem Ansari
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Apart from throughout consideration. Radware license charges based on throughput and F5 charges based on features only. For example, if you buy F5 with an appliance throughput of 10g that throughput available on day one, but if it's Radware, you will get a 1gbps license and hardware has 10gbps throughput. You can only use 1gbps on day one. On the load balancing side, both are equal only I rule is the game-changer. A lot of customization is possible with irule.

author avatarOMKaewsaenchai
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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.

Citrix ADC -  Has App Expert Wizard which is a GUI ready to use to build simple to complex traffic syntax rule easily. Any admin that has some good background sees this syntax can understand and configure, it is very easy. This is good for a big complex environment or in case your network admin leaves the job and new one comes to take the role.

GUI; Travesing each menu is very easy as they are all in the same pattern with every feature.

F5 - Use the iRule, which does the same job. If you like to write programming code with lots of { {   } }, etc, it's ok. But for many admin teams, it may be hard to troubleshoot the traffics rules if the guy who wrote the rule left, not that hard to learn but still harder than GUI.

GUI- F5 GUI is sometimes too complex than needed, sometimes it's left, right, under have to drill down a lot just to get to the simple tasks.

Overall there are both good. 

author avatarSaurabhPal
Real User

I can say the difference between both high end devices as F5 BIG-IP 4200v and Radware Alteon 5224XL comparission,

1. Layer 4 Throughput of F5 BIG-IP is 10 GBps whereas Radware Alteon is 8 GBps.
2. Layer 4 Connection per second of Radware Alteon is 480000 whereas F5 BIG-IP is F5 BIG-IP is 300000 only.
3. Layer 7 Connection per second of Radware Alteon is 190000 whereas F5 BIG-IP is F5 BIG-IP is 100000 only.
4. SSL Transaction per second wise Radware Alteon is 11200 whereas F5 BIG-IP is F5 BIG-IP is 9000 only.
5. SSL Bulk Throughput of F5 BIG-IP is 8 GBps whereas Radware Alteon is 4.1 GBps only.
6. Compression rate of F5 BIG-IP is 8 GBps whereas Radware Alteon is 3.6 GBps only.

Questions from the Community
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: Apart from throughout consideration. Radware license charges based on throughput and F5 charges based on features only. For example, if you buy F5 with an appliance throughput of 10g that throughput… more »
Top Answer: It is easy to expand. Our clients are enterprise-size.
Top Answer: Load balancing needs improvement. It needs better integration. I heard f5 works as a DNS operator which is not available in this solution. It would be better if that was implemented.
Top Answer: We use it for inbound traffic. We have web access portals.
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BIG-IP, BIG-IP LTM, F5 ASM, Viprion, F5 BIG-IP Virtual Edition , Crescendo Networks Application Delivery Controller, BIG IPAlteon
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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.Radware Alteon application delivery controller (ADC) and the load balancer that with application SLA. It provides advanced, end-to-end local and global load balancing capabilities for all Web, cloud and mobile-based applications. Alteon load balancer combines best-of-breed application delivery capabilities, market-leading SSL performance that supports all of the latest encryption protocols, and advanced services to companies with ongoing application lifecycle management challenges that impact the performance of web applications (such as heavier, more complex web content); mobility, and the migration to the cloud.
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Riken, TransUnion, Tepco Systems Administration, Daejeon University, G&T Bank, Danamon, CyberAgent Inc.Convergys
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Comms Service Provider24%
Financial Services Firm20%
Manufacturing Company10%
Healthcare Company7%
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Computer Software Company29%
Comms Service Provider22%
Financial Services Firm7%
Government6%
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Comms Service Provider31%
Computer Software Company30%
Financial Services Firm7%
Energy/Utilities Company6%
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Small Business30%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise57%
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Small Business16%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise59%
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F5 BIG-IP is ranked 1st in Application Delivery Controllers with 19 reviews while Radware Alteon is ranked 9th in Application Delivery Controllers with 4 reviews. F5 BIG-IP is rated 8.0, while Radware Alteon is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of F5 BIG-IP writes "Stable and easy to set up with good anti-bot protection". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Radware Alteon writes "A good load-balancing reverse proxy for internal applications that is easy to setup and has good technical support". F5 BIG-IP is most compared with Citrix ADC, HAProxy, A10 Networks Thunder ADC, Fortinet FortiWeb and AWS WAF, whereas Radware Alteon is most compared with Citrix ADC, A10 Networks Thunder ADC, HAProxy, Radware LinkProof and NGINX Plus. See our F5 BIG-IP vs. Radware Alteon report.

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