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Technical Product Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Apr 13 2018

What is most valuable?

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... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has multi-tenancy features, like hardware clustering. It has software partitioning so that you can partition F5. For example, in my recent deployments, I deployed F5 in a bank where they had two load balancers. One was Cisco Ace and the... more»

What needs improvement?

The room for improvement is that the product is a little costly. I live in the Third World, Pakistan. We have budget constraints, even in big enterprise servers. My team said that this product is too costly, and why don't we go with another... more»
Real User
Network Analyst at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 31 2016

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the F5 LTM most organisations will be using most. It provides the core functionality to be able to load balance services and the means and the intelligence to be able to load balance based on advanced logic, e.g.,... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has enabled us to keep a sustainable and supported load balancing platform. This is partly due to Cisco withdrawing a large number of their load balancing products and also related to Microsoft Network Load Balancing not scaling enough to... more»

What needs improvement?

I would like F5 to incorporate the ability to create your own custom roles and customised permissions within the product set. I have seen many customers wanting to give a certain level of access for the purposes of out-of-hours servicing to... more»
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Product Specialist - Security Solutions at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Aug 31 2016

What is most valuable?

iRule: It's a great feature that helped us multiple times have an advantage over competition Appliance Performance: One of the main advantages we always have over competition is in hardware performance, where the smallest F5 appliances compete with competitors’ medium to high-end appliances, while high-end devices can sit in the datacenter without risking... more»

What needs improvement?

* Reporting: One of the negative things about F5 is there is no place to generate a summary/executive/detailed report about everything happening on the box, especially for WAF & APM events. The only way to get some kind of report is enable the AVR module, and manually export the data required into PDF/XLS documents. * GUI interface: F5 appliances lack a... more»
Real User
Solution Architect/Application Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 27 2017

What is most valuable?

We like the capability to combine the content switching with the intrusion prevention and adding the security roles, so we can expose certain sub-pieces outside without exposing everything. Another feature that we like is how they integrate nicely with the Oracle PeopleSoft application, and since that's one of my main focuses, I really like that they have the... more»

What needs improvement?

I have been really happy with what they have been doing. They could improve the synchronization between their main site and the failover site. Sometimes, we run into issues where it does not sync well, so I would like to see that improved. The synchronization does works fairly well. However, if I were to make changes, I would make it easier to start the sync... more»
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Architect - Cloud Serviced at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 14 2017

What is most valuable?

I have been working on the LTM and GTM lines. Both of the products are awesome. I would consider the Wide IP and ZoneRunner features of GTM extremely useful. For the overall product, I would say provisioning is a good feature. There are other... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We are fond of the load balancing feature for DNS and servers. Also, these can help you natting/hiding the real IP.

What needs improvement?

The only area that has room for improvement would be pricing. Other than that, the v11 clustering is a new technology they have brought in that does not require improvement. They are the leader in the space.
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What is F5 BIG-IP?

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.
Also known as
BIG-IP, BIG-IP LTM, F5 ASM, Viprion, F5 BIG-IP Virtual Edition
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Riken, TransUnion, Tepco Systems Administration, Daejeon University, G&T Bank, Danamon, CyberAgent Inc.
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