F5 BIG-IP Competitors and Alternatives

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Real User
User at a government with 501-1,000 employees
Apr 27 2020

What is most valuable?

One of the features that we really like is the services map, which is a way that we map traffic from the front-end virtual server to the back-end servers. Another feature… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It was our first step into having high availability. Before, we had a lot of things tied to one server. So, if that server/application were to crash, that would affect our… more »

What needs improvement?

We are starting to do a lot with containers and how the solution hooks into Kubernetes that we haven't explored. I'm hoping that they have a lot of hooks into Kubernetes… more »

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

I think people are scared to take a look at A10 because they're not F5. Now, F5 is their biggest competition. You get a lot more for your dollar with A10. So, I would tell… more »

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

We previously used a Microsoft solution. We switched because A10 has a lot more options. It is like day and night.

What other advice do I have?

Start off with Professional Services. It doesn't hurt to get 40 hours of Professional Services to help you stand it up. Usually, that's all you need. It is not a lot of… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also evaluated F5. Because we were new in the market, our decision was purely based on cost. A10 can deliver the throughput we need, so there wasn't a technical… more »
Real User
IT Manager at a transportation company with 201-500 employees
Jul 06 2020

What is most valuable?

I like that this is a Network Load Balancer that can be used practically with any application in the backend. They have how-to guides on how to set up Kemp NLB with… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We used to have DNS round-robin based load balancing from some small applications but it was not highly available and if one instance were to do down half of the traffic… more »

What needs improvement?

The product is really good as-is out of the box. If there is one thing I would change is to have the license file not be coupled with the MAC address of the device. This… more »

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

KEMP NLB is on the cheaper side of the spectrum but works great. If your license expires it will still run just you won't be able to do any changes.

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

I have used ZEN NLB and Microsoft NLB.

What other advice do I have?

Its a nice and easy NLB to set up and operate on a day to day basis. I highly recommend it.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, F5.
IvoTuytens
Real User
Data Protection Office and CSO at ONVA-RJV
Jan 26 2020

What needs improvement?

The most significant improvement would be to make the product cheaper. For additional features, it's currently unfortunate that the network firewall isn't really a next-generation firewall. If that were included, then we wouldn't have taken on Fortinet as well. Our problem is that we have a relatively small number of staff that is continually being reduced. It's easier to deal with one product and several screens rather than two products, Fortinet and F5. The inverse is also true, if Fortinet was a stronger product, then we probably wouldn't have taken F5.

What other advice do I have?

For others wishing to implement, you need to be very clear about what you want to do, how you want to protect your data and then search for a solution. It could be F5 or something else. When we asked for a review of the product, we provided a description of the features we wanted, and they proposed F5 and Fortinet for the same money. I think Fortinet has fewer features than F5. Fortinet is okay, although it does require two appliances so if you also want a low bouncer you have to buy for the low bouncer and Fortinet. When you take F5 only one appliance is necessary and it's a simple… more »
Eseoghene Charles-Adeoye
Real User
Head, Network Design at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
Oct 21 2020

What is most valuable?

The load balancing on the solution is excellent. The fact that you can do content switching is very useful. The pricing is pretty good. The solution is easy to work with and manage. It's cloud-ready and we can manage it both on-premises and… more »

What needs improvement?

The multi-tenancy isn't ideal. The solution should be able to scale more effectively than it does. Technical support could be improved upon. Recently, we tried to configure AAA authentification and we ran into some issues using the… more »

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

The solution offers quite good value for money. For the amount you pay, you get a fairly robust product.

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

I've worked with F5 and found it hard to work with and manage, in comparison to Citrix.

What other advice do I have?

We're just customers. I would recommend this solution to other organizations as it's quite easy to use. There's so much that you can do, compared to F5, for example. With F5, you have to do a lot of tweaking to be able to achieve certain… more »
Li Kien Lee
Reseller
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
May 14 2020

What is most valuable?

The GUI is user-friendly. It is easy to configure compared to solutions by other vendors, such as F5.

What needs improvement?

The integration with other products should be improved. This product does not come with bare metal protection, so we need more network features. We don't want to be as dependent on a separate… more »

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

FortiWeb is more expensive than some competing products.

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

I have also worked with similar solutions by F5 and Barracuda. FortiWeb is easier to configure because the F5 product requires more technical knowledge. The Barracuda solution has the advantage that… more »

What other advice do I have?

While I have not done comprehensive testing with FortiWeb, I have no complaints so far. My advice for anybody who is considering this product is that if they are not very advanced in terms of… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have a lot of requests for Barracuda solutions from our customers. One of the reasons for this is that the pricing is cheaper by quite a lot.
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