F5 BIG-IP Competitors and Alternatives

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Chris Dow
Real User
Systems Programmer at a energy/utilities company with 501-1,000 employees
Mar 14 2018

What is most valuable?

A load balancer is a load balancer, in terms of functionality. I need the interface to be easy to use for my team members who have not spent hours working on it, so I am… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We had a requirement for these applications to be load balanced. Without a dedicated load balancer, we would have had to use a Round Robin DNS, which does not have any… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like a notification when a new version of the software is available. They told me to sign up for their newsletter, but I have not received any notification for a… more»

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

It is inexpensive, and even their “unlimited” version, the VA MAX is still far cheaper than competitors. I love that they do not price on some arbitrary throughput rating… more»

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

We have used F5 in the past. They are incredibly fantastic, but they are so expensive. We went with LoadBalancer.org because we did not need the bells and whistles of F5… more»

What other advice do I have?

For load balancers, these guys are perfect. If you need a lot more bells and whistles, you may need a more expensive product. Tell the sales guys at Loadbalancer.org your… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We proceeded a long way down the road with F5, then decided to go a different direction shortly before the production environment was built.
Reseller
Engenharia de Pré-Vendas
Apr 24 2018

What is most valuable?

* SSL Offloading * VM availability * L7 load balancing

How has it helped my organization?

The boxes were used to load balance the environment, making it more reliable, and improving the performance and response of the applications.

What needs improvement?

The user interface could be more friendly and CLI could be more like that of Fortigate.

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

Compared to F5, FortiADC pricing is better.

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

I’m a F5 engineer as well and, to be honest, I do prefer BIG-IP, but as I’ve worked at Fortinet partners I had to deploy some of these. Before FortiADC, I deployed a… more»

What other advice do I have?

It’s easy to use, but it could have more features, when comparing it to a F5. Make a checklist before going into it hands-on. This will make it faster to become familiar… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I’m used to deploying F5 BIG-IP load balancer and all of its modules. Either it’s way easier or I'm more used to it.
Oliver Rodrigues
Reseller
Senior Network Security Planning at Ooredoo Kuwait
Sep 26 2019

What is most valuable?

The features that we have found most valuable are the web app support and VPN.

What needs improvement?

Citrix NetScaler is something that connects the deployment. To improve: * The interface should be more user-friendly. * Integration with other applications must improve. * They should provide training… more»

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

We have an annual license.

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

We used Barracuda. We switched from Barracuda because Citrix offered better features and scalability.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend to other people to implement this product. Use Citrix Netscaler. It is 100%. Otherwise, I would give only a five or six out of 10 for the product.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also evaluated F5 and Barracuda WAF.
ChiragMehta
Real User
Network & Security Lead at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
May 27 2018

What is most valuable?

Content Switching since it provides flexibility for routing traffic as desired to designated real servers. It also provides good geo capabilities through its GSLB feature.

How has it helped my organization?

This was a standard load-balancing solution provided to our customers. They didn't have many complaints about the way their traffic was being managed. We were able to handle specific requirements for persistence/stickiness.

What needs improvement?

Development team's response time could be better.

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

We had a mix of makes/models, as we supported a large customer base, such as F5, Cisco CSS. We have never had a case where we had to switch NetScaler out for another make.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate NetScaler as a seven out of 10 for good technical support on routine issues, but any issues that needed the development team's involvement took a long time. If you don't have very specific requirements such as the ASM that F5… more»
Kai Stenberg
Real User
Chief Consuntant/KEMP VIP at a tech consulting company with 11-50 employees
Mar 25 2018

What is most valuable?

* Skype for Business * Reverse proxy * Web application firewall * Multi-factor authentication There is a Forefront TMG replacement together with Skype for Business which even Microsoft recommends for… more»

How has it helped my organization?

When patching Skype for Business Enterprise, we experienced no downtime at all for internal users.

What needs improvement?

* Templates * More detailed documentation

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

I have control on the licensing and all the prices since I work for a partner. KEMP gives away free trials for 30 days. This can be stretched if you want. During the test, you will have access to KEMP… more»

What other advice do I have?

Look into what you need. Do you want to use virtual (VLM running on Hyper-V or VMware) or physical (LM)?

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked into F5 BIG-IP. However, for small customers, they can't pay for four to five days do to basic config.
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