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Oluwatosin Omojola
Real User
Systems Engineer at Datasure Solutions
Sep 08 2019

What is most valuable?

I would have to say that F5 excels in all aspects of network protection. There are five modules and I have yet to use them all. I use the LTM that's Local Traffic Manager, then I've worked with APM or… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The F5 product has one thing that is remarkable. I do not have any two deployments for customers that are exactly the same. There are so many opportunities to configure the product to the client's… more »

What needs improvement?

I've had a very impressive four-year experience deploying F5, so it is difficult to pinpoint one weakness in the solution. On the other hand, honestly in all of the deployments I have done with F5… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The product is a little expensive but it is such a good solution and unified that the cost is worth the price.

What other advice do I have?

I have not had any deployments that are exactly the same. For example, if I deployed everything as a solution for customer A and for customer B I do deployments with the same set of applications, and… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have evaluated and also recommend other solutions when the client does not have the budget to go with F5. For example, we used some Cisco solutions which are also expensive but they are not as… more »
Real User
Contracted IP Development Engineer at a media company with 10,001+ employees
Mar 23 2020

What is most valuable?

The DDoS is the solution's most valuable feature. The support that the product offers is good. When you buy an F5 as an appliance, you are buying licenses as well. If you buy both LTM and AFM licenses, you can protect your servers in a one-off solution. You don't have to buy another firewall to protect your servers. It makes security really easy. The decryption is great.

What needs improvement?

We aren't using the most recent version. The most recent version is 15. Therefore, there may have been improvements on the solution we're not aware of. The should add, if they aren't already going to, some features surrounding location awareness, station awareness and segregation of users. I'm not sure of which version supports these items and which port version doesn't. However, I hope they will… more »

What other advice do I have?

While some companies have now started to move these devices from on-premises to the cloud, most companies prefer not to do this due to security reasons. I'd rate the solution eight out of ten. It's a good product, but it may not be the absolute best on the market. Companies should examine NGINX or Palo Alto or others and compare them to see what would work best for their organization. I would… more »
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Real User
Senior Security Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Dec 05 2019

What needs improvement?

Firstly, geolocation currently relies on manual updates. It has to move to automatic updates. There are no automatic updates for this feature. If some IPs, countries, or service providers move to another country, now we will allow IPs that were previously denied. This is because you depend on the database, which doesn't update automatically. This is really a very important area that they need to improve. I also want to see something like application inspection. If they can add application inspection like a DC firewall, it would be a good added feature for them.

What other advice do I have?

It's a good solution only for a published service. If you are publishing services outside the company, it's very good for us, but the biggest lesson is that it cannot be applied internally to replace a data center firewall. Sometimes, a company will introduce F5 to the place as a data center firewall. It's not a replacement for the DC firewall. It cannot replace the data center firewall but can be added to the service. I would rate this as eight out of ten.
Real User
Computer & Network Security Professional at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Jul 02 2019

What is most valuable?

I find the signature base is very helpful to see traffic, to see the increase in web traffic.

How has it helped my organization?

It helps improve the security of my environment.

What needs improvement?

The interface for applying the features could use improvement. There are too many buttons. For the buttons, you don't get a clear description. With the interface, you don't get a clear idea of what you are doing. This affects what is… more »

What other advice do I have?

There should be more qualified support, like training videos or how to install features. I would rate the solution 8 out of 10. If the user interface was more user-friendly, I'd rate it higher.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We didn't really evaluate other options. They were the top one at the time, so we decided to go for that.
Diego Gullo
Real User
IT Service Delivery Manager at Consys.it
Aug 19 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is that you can implement it in a positive or negative model. Most customers implement the protection with a negative model because implementing with a positive model is not simple. We need help from the… more »

How has it helped my organization?

This solution has improved security. We also use it to protect various customer's software. They offer good video material to implement this solution. It's a mature product. Imperva is a competitor but this solution is the market leader. It… more »

What needs improvement?

It used to not be simple to use because the GUI was complex. The GUI has evolved and is better now. The database is not simple. It's not easy to understand. We needed to protect the database but the solution doesn't offer certain features… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I was previously using Imperva but my company wanted to switch to F5.

What other advice do I have?

This is a good product. I would recommend this solution to anybody evaluating it. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.
Reseller
Founder / Senior Security Architect at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Mar 04 2020

What do you think of F5 Advanced Firewall Manager ?

What is our primary use case?

The solution is primarily used as a web application firewall.

What is most valuable?

The solution is very straightforward. The usability is great.

What needs improvement?

The pricing of the solution could be a little bit better.

For how long have I used the solution?

We've been selling the solution for five years now.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is very stable. We haven't run into bugs, crashes or glitches. We find it reliable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is very scalable. Companies should not face issues when they need to expand.  We have 20 enterprises using the solution currently. They are mostly banks.

How are customer service and technical support?

What is F5 Advanced Firewall Manager ?

At F5, we give our customers the freedom to securely deliver every app, anywhere—with confidence. All F5 products are highly programmable and integrate into any environment, whether on premises or in any cloud. To date, 48 of the Fortune 50 companies rely on F5 to deliver apps that customers and employees can securely access at any time, on any device, from any location.

Also known as
F5 AFM
F5 Advanced Firewall Manager customers
City Bank, Ricacorp Properties, Miele, American Systems, Bangladesh Post Office
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