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Real User
Technical Team Leader at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Sep 24 2019

What is most valuable?

This solution is an enterprise-class firewall that provides both load-balancing and security. Once it's deployed, it works smoothly and without issue.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see the pricing of this solution improved. There are a lot of other products that are trying to compete with this solution, and there are a few now that are very good. I know that F5 doesn't always worry about the pricing because of the branding, but if they want to capture more of… more»

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

Licensing fees for this solution are paid on a yearly basis.

What other advice do I have?

My advice to anybody who is considering this solution is to have clarity with respect to their own scenario, or application. They have to know what they are expecting out of this deployment. As the system integrator, I may not be sure about the client's applications or how they work internally, so I… more»
Reseller
IT Engineer at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
Sep 02 2019

What is most valuable?

The features I find most valuable is the behavior analysis and the additional subscription for global threats. It's an additional feature, which I haven't seen in another solution. I also like the… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The solution speeds up our web application speed. This increases the availability of our services, because of the web base load balancer. It also improves our application security because of the… more»

What needs improvement?

This solution is the best out there on the market. One thing that can be improved, is to increase the quantity over predefine policy. I know it's impossible to do it all, but what I would have liked… more»

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

After buying the program, you just pay for the support every year.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I have used different products with lower segments in other solutions. Some were magic when it comes to security and availability but they don't provide visibility on how it works, how it secures and… more»

What other advice do I have?

I definitely recommend this solution because of the time you save on analysis. It is a stable program and you get additional features. The more you work on it, the more features you discover. I rate… more»
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Real User
Security Specialist at a energy/utilities company with 51-200 employees
Jul 04 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is network detection intelligence and the ability to get extra internal access. I don't have knowledge about all the functions but, because it is a fully automatic process, the devices scan a lot of traffic. It is… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We've only been using this solution for six months now, so we can't really see any improvement yet.

What needs improvement?

The administrator's user interface and some of the settings can sometimes be very complicated to understand. It would really help if they could be easier and more user-friendly. Perhaps the developers can add a training video that shows… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

It was a very difficult decision to find the right solution. We used open source software before to protect our system's open source architecture. We switched to F5 WAF because, for us, professional services are absolutely necessary. There… more»

What other advice do I have?

I will rate the product a nine out of ten.
Real User
Senior Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Jul 04 2019

What is most valuable?

With F5 Advanced WAF, it was protection for online publications and for our customers that caused us to choose the platform. It was integrated by our company and not the dealer.

How has it helped my organization?

In this case, we used a few long-term models because F5 Advanced WAF is a complete solution. Our customers do not only use this model. F5 Advanced WAF is similar to other solutions used for a lot of… more»

What needs improvement?

For F5 Advanced WAF, it's only 70% different over time with upgrades. F5 can still build AWS support after many long years of absence. It's difficult to use. F5 Advanced WAF needs better integration… more»

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

F5 Advanced WAF is not a cheap product.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We have used some other products but they didn't have enough functionality. You can launch media adaptation for variety with F5. That is one of the biggest advantages of this solution.

What other advice do I have?

My advice is to recommend F5 Advanced WAF for use. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would rate F5 Advanced WAF a nine.
Reza Torabi
Real User
Senior Network Engineer at PECCO
Jul 02 2019

How has it helped my organization?

We have an SOC, and for collecting logs we are also using the F5 logs to analyze the securities and events. So having a central log management and F5 really helped us to analyze the security logs. It also helps with blocking the attacks on web applications.

What needs improvement?

Everything is good about the F5 WAF, except the reporting. It's really difficult to set records from that device, the UI is kind of hard to work with, and the reporting must be improved. As a suggestion to the F5 company, they have to put in shells to have the next generation WAF. So, instead of… more»

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

I think it's a good product but the F5 uses shells, so the people who want to work with the device have to be pro in Linux. If they can put everything in the UI so every regular security engineer can work with it, it's fabulous.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate the solution 8 out of 10. We are concerned about the other factors but it's actually not F5 company's fault. The pricing is really high here right now because of the dollar rate but it has nothing to do with the F5, it's because of the sanctions I imagine. At the moment it's a really… more»
Shiran Cohen
Real User
Cyber & Security Application Delivery Expert at Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Jul 11 2019

What is most valuable?

The anti-bot protection has been the most valuable.

What needs improvement?

I think the deployment template can be better, like the iApps they have in the F5 MPM. I think the deployment templates can be better.

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

I think the price is very high. This is what I hear from the customers. Sometimes we cannot sell the product because it is a higher price.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution. It would be the best solution for WAF. I think the dashboard can be improved. When you move from the policy to policy, the logs and the integration of the logs are without a system. Maybe make it like other… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I evaluated a few other options. Kemp, for example, but Kemp is not a WAF it's a load balancer, it's for another model of the F5 so its not related to do WAF. And we're speaking about the WAF.
GeorgesSamaha
Real User
Security Consultant at BMB
Jul 03 2019

What needs improvement?

In general, the web interface is not really catchy. It's very powerful, very customizable, but it doesn't have a very nice GUI interface for a new adopter. For them, they'd have to do a lot of configuring. At least the reporting and monitoring parts, let's say, to be honest, should have a better interface. A few other products have very nice dashboards, out of the box, and F5 is not that friendly to use. Also, when you buy WAF, you have to buy another module called APM to do authentication. You have to buy another module with an extra license, to have the authentication feature. Other vendors… more»

What other advice do I have?

We are a partner for F5, or a system integrator, not the client. So we do the implementation for other companies. I've been working with F5 for more than 10 years, so I know them very well. I like them because I like the security solution. They get extra marks compared to other solutions or competitors. There are more features than any other product I can think of. They're always monitoring, and the security features offer more than other, lesser products. I would rate this solution 10 out of 10.
Shiran Cohen
Real User
Cyber & Security Application Delivery Expert at Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Sep 23 2019

What is most valuable?

The anti-bot protection is the solution's most valuable feature. Safe-guard or credential staffing are also useful features.

What needs improvement?

The templates of the iApps could be better. The solution's dashboard could be improved. When you're moving from policy to policy, the logs and the integration of the logs in other systems aren't straightforward. The solution has a lot of… more»

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

The pricing of the solution is very high.

What other advice do I have?

We're using several versions of the solution; anything between versions 12 to 14. I would recommend the solution. It's the best option for WAF, at least in the last year or so. I would rate the solution ten out of ten.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before selecting this solution, we looked at Kemp. We were concerned with the WAF, which is why we decided not to go with Kemp.
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What is F5 Advanced WAF?

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.

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