F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) Room for Improvement

Security Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

I can't say that there are any features missing. I've overall been quite happy with it.

We once had an issue related to trying to publish some exchange application to a file and we experienced some problems there, however, the incident was not really related to BIG-IP. It was likely some kind of infrastructure problem the company was experiencing.

We haven't had any big problems of note.

Technical support could be faster. It's something I'd like to see them work on in the future.

The pricing could be more reasonable.

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Security Professional Services at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees

When you create an autofile, its profile takes a long time to generate the view in the VIP. That is probably due to the performance of the device, however, when you load a specific profile, the browser takes more than one minute to show the information. 

The web interface could be better.

The solution should allow for the creation of custom signatures. Right now, I see that can be a little bit complicated to create new or personal signatures in the VIP.

The way that policies are created should make it easier to maintain the solution. 

The product needs to implement some kind of artificial intelligence or machine learning that can start to generate fewer false positive requests. We tend to have a lot of false positives. The policy should be created in such a way as to help lower false positives.

There should be better reporting. Our customers ask us for reports quite often. It would be ideal if the solution itself was able to generate various types of reports for them instead. 

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KO
Network Engineer at a media company with 1,001-5,000 employees

Technical support is somewhat slow and could be improved.

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MS
Director of Network Strategies and Technologies at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees

I would like to see some better documentation focused on our website and better search criteria. That's probably the best way to say that there needs to help with research.

The cost of the solution is pretty high. It would be ideal if it was more reasonable.

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MC
Chief Information Officer at a computer software company with 11-50 employees

The pricing could always be better. It's a bit expensive.

It would be ideal if they offered integration with NGINX. They purchased NGINX as well. Therefore, if it's got integration with NGINX, then you kind of have one single pane of a console for all the F5/NGINX portions of your work. 

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DK
Head Of Technology at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

When we purchased the product, we found it to be a bit expensive.

If we decide to migrate to the cloud, I don't think that BIG-IP is a good solution and we probably won't use it.

If the price for a cloud-based deployment can be matched with their competitors the I think it would be a far better solution. 

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AY
Network Security Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

More training should be available to customers. There is a guide that is available on the internet, but the training is not as good as others, such as Cisco. While F5 does have a big market share, it is not easy to find a well-training F5 engineer. If they made it easier for engineers to get F5 training then it would be better.


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UP
Network Security Specialist at a energy/utilities company with 5,001-10,000 employees

There should be more logging improvements on F5. The logging features are too limited and do not give us a solid understanding of what's happening. For example, the web application firewall logs don't say complete, or why this is blocked, which signature or which root cause is blocking the log. 

Also, it can provide more understandable windows or dashboards regarding the latency of the application.

Citrix has cheap tools that show what is happening and describe why did they happen.

I would like to see improvements to the dashboard, latency reporting, and monitoring. Improvements in these areas would be very valuable.

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MM
Lead Network Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

Technical support could be improved.

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DP
IT Security Engineer at a cloud provider with 11-50 employees

This solution could be improved by reducing the cost. It's the main reason that we're considering another option for our website even though we're very satisfied with the way the Big-IP works and the way Big-IP protects our environment, but it's very expensive. We are keen to find out if there is a similar system for technology that would suit us and cost less. 

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OD
Design and Conception Engineer at SFR

There are some aspects of F5 BIG-IP that could be improved, the main one being virtual machine support. We have seen that even with the virtual editions, there are some things that we would like to do that are currently not possible with virtual machines.

We have seen some problems mainly with F5 BIG-IP ASM, and so I think the virtual editions of the ASM could be improved.

Another negative aspect is the cost, as it can be expensive.

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MK
Channel Development Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

I'd like to see a more intuitive interface. The market now is moving into salvage services, different kinds of services, not only hardware solutions. 

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YA
Co-Founder and CEO at PT Eugenea Kreasi Utama

The deployment could be simplified. From a technical perspective, it is complex.

The pricing could be reduced. 

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ST
Director at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees

A lot of functions that are attributed to iRules can actually be simple profile changes. iRules do have a certain performance impact. Therefore, instead of writing simple iRules, they can create certain profiles for classes that will perform the same function.

Its scalability and pricing can also be improved.

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KN
Service Delivery Engineer - Network Security Lead at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

Its price can be better. It is a bit expensive.

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Technical Specialist - Network & Security at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

Currently, the product offers everything we need. I can't recall any features that may be lacking.

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MD
Senior Network Engineer at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

In terms of what could be improved, I would expect more integration with different platforms and more integration with the backend systems.

Additionally, in the next release, I would like a more secure version.

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AR
Sr. SAP Portfolio Architect at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees

It is a hardware load balancer, and its installation procedure is more complex than a software load balancer. There are pros and cons of using hardware load balancing. You have to have specific hardware deployed in your data center to activate this load balancer. They never came up with any software-based load balancing solution. It is all hardware-based.

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Product Manager at MCS

The user experience for dashboards and reports can be improved. They should make dashboards and the reporting system easier for users. They need to add more reports to the dashboard. Currently, for complicated reports, I have to do the customization.

It should have more integration with network firewalls to be able to gather all the information required for traffic management.

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IT Manager at Actuant

We are currently using BIG-IP and NetScaler and we wanted to have just one technology. We will be replacing F5 in March.

NetScaler is primarily used for Citrix purposes and BIG-IP is being used as a reverse proxy for our other applications.  We would like to manage it easily with one technology.

I would like to see better integration. I can remember when we were implementing ADFS, we had some challenges.

There is not a lot of documentation available where you can refer to and configure any new technologies.

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SM
Specialist in Communication and Network Security

F5 has another solution to load balance servers on the cloud, which they got after the purchase of NGINX. It is deployed as Kubernetes or something like that, but the problem now is that they have two solutions for two situations. They should make F5 deployable on the cloud.

Recently, we were investigating offloading SSL as version TLS 1.3. I am not sure if we were able to do that or not.

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Lead Engineer at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

I'm not very sure about the security with F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM). We have our own private data center, but we are going to migrate our private data center into the Azure cloud environment. Security will then be a major concern when we migrate our own whole infrastructure to the public cloud.

So, I think they should improve in terms of security because nowadays, most organizations try to build their infrastructure on public cloud.

More documentation should be uploaded because very limited documentation is available on the internet. It will also help us to understand the system before purchasing the product.

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Security IT Manager at IFAT Group

The pricing of the product is a bit too high. They should work to make it more affordable. It needs to be more cost-efficient. 

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Senior solution architect at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees

The reporting could be improved and I'd also like to see the UI adjusted to make configuration easier. There are some things in the F5 configuration that are complicated. 

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Head of IT Infrastructure and Security Operations at a financial services firm with 11-50 employees

The policies management could be improved, that's why I'm doing a comparison of other solutions. This is also a very expensive solution. 

I'd like to see external loading included as part of the solution. 

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AI
Network & Telecom Manager at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees

Its scalability and deployment should be better. It should be more scalable, and it should be easier to deploy.

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TB
Solutions Architect - Telecom & Network Infrastructure at a non-tech company with 501-1,000 employees

We use a limited amount of features so the biggest issue for us is the price. For what we're using, it's an expensive solution. 

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JM
Technology Analyst at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

The configuration is intricate and could be improved. 

For a future release, I would like to see more features in the cloud.

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