F5 Advanced WAF Competitors and Alternatives

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Igor-Bashtovyi
Real User
Security Engineer at a tech services company
Sep 23 2019

What is most valuable?

I think the biggest value comes from the ability of Web Application Firewall to perform analysis of attacks that are registered by it, as well as its ability to analyze… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It's very simple and predictable because Barracuda provides a vision of the current state of your application. It gives you an understanding of what is happening on your… more»

What needs improvement?

I think the main area for improvement in this product is learning it, as can be seen when comparing it to the F5 web application firewall. F5 has a very powerful learning… more»

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

Barracuda costs us $8,000 per year. Barracuda costs $20,000 for a full subscription, when you try to protect multi-site infrastructure, in different geographical zones and… more»

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

We actually switched to Barracuda because it's cheaper than F5. This might not be the case for others, because there are several solutions that are cloud based. It is a… more»

What other advice do I have?

The biggest lesson I learned is that our site is attacked every day. I would recommend Barracuda, but this recommendation is based on our particular case. For some cases… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We chose Barracuda because in our case it was cheaper.
AmirIlany
Real User
Chief Technology Officer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Jan 29 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is that I can establish different services from the firewall. Using the standard configuration, it is very easy to set up.

What needs improvement?

The configuration needs to be more flexible because it is difficult to do things that are outside of the ordinary. This solution would benefit from having a support portal that can be opened directly… more»

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

The licensing fees for this solution are pretty expensive for what it does, but there is no alternative. The only alternative is Imperva, but that is even more expensive.

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

Prior to using this solution, we tried open-source pfSense. However, most of my customers went to F5.

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody who is implementing this solution is to plan well. You have to make sure that you plan ahead and know what it is that you want to achieve, then gather all of the relevant… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

There is not much variety when it comes to web application firewalls that are also load-balancing solutions. Imperva is an alternative, although it is more expensive.
Real User
System Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Jul 11 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature in this solution is the ability to disseminate between the user entering some wrong value to the field, and a suspicious actor trying to exploit some known vulnerability. This part of the intelligence and… more»

What needs improvement?

We would like to know more about the integration with the hardware or security products, such as Gemalto, because we need to move to that point. But, from what I understand, we haven't looked at the market to see how this can be done yet.

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

The solution gives us the best price to performance ratio.

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

We did use another solution, but, compared with the competition, we got the best ratio of performance to price when we chose Fortinet. We could use F5, for example, but the price is not as good.

What other advice do I have?

The interface has been a pain in the past but now with the later version, 2.2, the user behavior analysis has improved. Before when you want to deploy an application, for example, you needed to have a login page and make sure to search for… more»
Real User
Digital Transformation Division Director at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Jul 14 2019

What is most valuable?

The web application firewall which protects our services on the internet, and then of course services like our ability to provide high availability for the services we are… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The services are almost 100% available to everybody. The solution is invisible for our clients, so by using it, nobody knows that anything is broken because we're hiding… more»

What needs improvement?

The user interface could be more friendly. Some wizards and other documentation for administrators, as well as some use cases, helps us to understand the solution.

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

There are some add ons to the standard licensing that you can buy for the basic version. You can extend with some add ons, or you can buy the premium version, so it… more»

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

No, we haven't been using any other solution.

What other advice do I have?

It's always a really good idea to do a POC. There are companies that are not convinced as to why should they should use something, but a POC is a good way to show why. The… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We were looking at different options according to price. We looked at the F5. The Citrix pricing was good for what it offers.
Jean-Pol_Tamenne
Real User
Networking and Security Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Jan 28 2020

What is most valuable?

The performance is ok and overall, I'm really pleased. The interface is user-friendly. There are a lot of features in this product.

What needs improvement?

The dashboard is dependent on Java so you need to have it installed. If there are different versions of Java then it can cause problems. It would be an improvement if the management dashboards were not reliant upon Java.

What other advice do I have?

This product is doing what it should and what we are expecting from it. This solution is perfect for what we are using it for. I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.
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