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... 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... 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... 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... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

We have used F5 in the past. They are incredibly fantastic, but they are so expensive. We went with LoadBalancer.org... 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... more»
Anonymous User
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... more»

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.

Which solutions did we use previously?

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... 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... more»
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... more»

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... more»

What needs improvement?

Development team's response time could be better.

Which solutions did we use previously?

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... more»

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... 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... 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... 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)?
Anonymous User
Real User
Systems & Infrastructure Architect at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 14 2017

What is most valuable?

* Bad-IP blocking and signature-based blocking for web application security

How has it helped my organization?

* Security compliance and temporary remediation of application vulnerabilities

What needs improvement?

Management of policies and rules can be complicated and the physical setup of the product has implications on HA.

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

Try to use a cloud-based and/or managed solution instead of managing a WAF internally; that should be the first... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

We did not have a previous solution.

What other advice do I have?

While implementation is not hard, the process and resources for ongoing management should be thought through and agreed... more»

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