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F5 BIG-IP Access Policy Manager (APM) is the #6 ranked solution in our list of top SSL VPN tools. It is most often compared to IBM Security Access Manager: F5 BIG-IP Access Policy Manager (APM) vs IBM Security Access Manager

What is F5 BIG-IP Access Policy Manager (APM)?

F5® BIG-IP® Access Policy Manager® (APM) is an access management proxy solution for managing global access to the enterprise networks, cloud providers, applications, and application programming interfaces (APIs). Through a single management interface, BIG-IP APM consolidates remote, mobile, network, virtual, and web access. BIG-IP APM can also serve as a bridge between modern and classic authentication and authorization protocols and methods. For applications which are unable to support modern authentication and authorization protocols, like SAML and OAuth with OIDC, but which do support classic authentication methods, BIG-IP APM converts user credentials to the appropriate authentication standard supported by the application.

Key features of BIG-IP APM are (but not limited to):

• Support for Identity Aware Proxy (IAP) enabling Zero Trust application access
• Context-based authorization with dynamic L4/L7 ACLs
• Integration with third-party MFA solutions
• DTLS 2.0 mode for delivering and securing applications
• SAML 2.0 identity federation support
• Support for OAuth 2.0 authorization protocol
• SSO support for classic authentication (Kerberos, header- based, etc.), credential caching, OAuth 2.0, SAML 2.0, and FIDO2 (U2F)
• AAA server authentication and high-availability
• Integration with leading IAM vendor products (Microsoft, Okta, Ping Identity)
• BIG IP Edge Client and F5 Access integrate with VMware Horizon ONE (AirWatch), Microsoft Intune and IBM MaaS360
• Risk-based access leveraging third-party UEBA and risk engines (HTTP Connector)

F5 BIG-IP Access Policy Manager (APM) is also known as F5 Access Policy Manager.

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F5 BIG-IP Access Policy Manager (APM) Customers

City Bank, Ricacorp Properties, Miele, American Systems, Bangladesh Post Office

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What users are saying about F5 BIG-IP Access Policy Manager (APM) pricing:
  • "Recently, they have simplified the licensing"

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Cyber Security Solution Architect at a tech consulting company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
A robust platform that enables our clients to do almost anything

What is our primary use case?

Due to COVID-19, almost all of our customers are buying the virtual edition now. Our customers use this solution for connecting people from home to the office. APM is security encrypted and allows them to create an SSO (through a third-party) so they can access just about anything they could from their office computer, under normal circumstances. Everything is in one portal, including your SAS application and on-premise application.

Pros and Cons

  • "Our customers have never complained about the stability"
  • "Cloud services are something that F5 Access Policy Manager could do better"

What other advice do I have?

Due to a bug issue, some customers felt they needed to upgrade to protect themselves from hackers. Thankfully, our security vendors advised us on this issue. They told us the risks and spent a few days updating our software. For this reason, they are a vendor I can trust. Honesty is important because there are a lot of allocation websites, personal information, and data at stake. Overall, on a scale from one to ten, I would give F5 Access Policy Manager a rating of nine.
Engineer at a non-profit with 1-10 employees
Top 20
Reliable and scalable but needs better reporting

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution for access management.

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution is stable and reliable."
  • "The solution is quite costly."

What other advice do I have?

Our company didn't use F5 ourselves, however, we sell F5 products. We're resellers. Overall, I would rate the solution at a seven out of ten. I'd recommend this solution to other users and companies.
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Presale Engineer at a comms service provider with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 10
Easy to install, simple to use, and the SSL VPN is good

Pros and Cons

  • "This is a product that is easy to install and integrate, and it is simple to use."
  • "The price of this product can be improved."

What other advice do I have?

The F5 Access Policy Manager is something that I have experience with and I am happy with it. This is a product that I can recommend for others. At this point, we don't have requirements beyond what this product provides, so I cannot think of any additional features that it needs. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.