F5 BIG-IP Pricing and License Cost

Thomas Hejula
Senior IT Engineer at Lumeris
From a cost perspective, I agreed to analyze the standards in terms of load balancing. However, the cost that they have with AWS are almost prohibitive. I'm being forced to use F5 WAF. I would not simply use it based on cost. I agree that they have some great features, but for me, cost is key in terms of AWS. This applies to buying in the AWS Marketplace. If you go to a simple WAF doing 25 megabits, and I'm paying for the instance cost as well, it is over a dollar an hour. You can add that up and ask for some discounts, but relative to other players, they are significantly more expensive. We will need a lot of these, and it can be a real negative driver in terms of spend and how we will be able to move forward. Purchasing though the AWS Marketplace was easy; it was a piece of cake. You go right in, and the options are there. It was nice you can pick the different kind of group you wanted and what type of security you wanted. It did put in a lot of information that would build a lot of the initial infrastructure for me in terms of supporting my load balancer and creating security. Granted, I destroyed it all, but it was nice and it was there. It gave me the ability to level set what I should create versus what they put in place. I could see what they're doing here and I can match it to my own criteria. What they put in the AWS Marketplace and came through with the license, it worked well. We chose to go through the AWS Marketplace because you can do almost anything you are going to launch there. The first time you launch, you always grab from the market, particularly for PoCs, as it's just easier. There's no reason why I wouldn't go through the AWS Marketplace, because they've already have F5 WAF. It's exactly what I want and it's exactly what I needed, so I can go from there. View full review »
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
It is sort of a commodity product. A load balancer is a load balancer. What will be, at the end of the day, the cheapest option or have the best performance, that is what it will come down to. Can it do the necessary performance that we need, and if so, is there a cheaper alternative? If not, then we'll stick with what we have. View full review »
User at a logistics company with 1,001-5,000 employees
They are expensive. View full review »
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Director Technology Solutions with 11-50 employees
It is the best solution, but that comes with an increased price. Try to negotiate all the software features that you require upfront. E.g., if you need three different software features and a web application firewall, then try to log the prices initially when you are buying the initial solution, even if you are not buying some of the software but at least log the prices for features. View full review »
Network Presales Manager at a comms service provider with 201-500 employees
5 BIG-IP is too expensive at the current licensing costs. View full review »
Eric Foote
Managing Director at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
It could be priced a little less, especially on the virtual side. It gets a bit expensive, but you get what you pay. View full review »
Aliaksei Shyshkou
Lead Network Engineer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
The licensing strategy for F5 is good. View full review »
Erez Bar On
IT Manager at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
We only use a fraction of the capabilities of F5. There are different modules that we have heard others speak highly of, but we don't want to use them locally. It's an on-premise server. For example, there is a WAF (web application firewall) model and others that we don't use. It's not a cheap product, but there are no other replacements for what we do with it. View full review »
Chief Security Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Purchasing through the AWS Marketplace was good. We chose to go through the AWS Marketplace because everything that we needed was a soft appliance. We needed something to work in Amazon, and this product was available there. We have found the pricing and licensing on AWS to be competitive. View full review »
Joshua Cruz
Associate Systems Engineer at Frontline Education
We are going to the AWS Marketplace because purchasing there is simple to do. We are looking for the ease it provides. We have tried other providers, but it wasn't as good. View full review »
Guojun Jin
Staff Engineer at a manufacturing company with 11-50 employees
Unless the price difference is large, this is not the primary concern for the product. The performance and product-related issues (secure for VPN, multi-function for network device, etc.) are the keys. View full review »
Bachir Elsitt
Network Security Engineer at Data Consult
It's fair, it's not too expensive. Maybe just a little high. View full review »
Security Governance at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
If you are planning to use security features, better to go for strong hardware and the best bundle license, which is great for web security. View full review »
Samar Choudhury
Assistant Vice President at Nagarro
Security should be involved in any base license. When you bring on F5, you only have default license. Then, the ASM product license has to be purchased. It would be great if F5 could include the ASM in the base license. View full review »
Luis Henriquez
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Solution Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
There are three relevant things about purchasing through the AWS Marketplace: * It Increase protection against web attacks. * It integrates with AWS WAF, which makes it easy to deploy without changes to your infrastructure. * F5 manages your AWS WAF rules, so you don't have to. We purchased through the AWS Marketplace because it was a popular way to go, and we were intrigued. The price of this product is not an issue. They have good pricing and licensing. View full review »
Technical Team Leader at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
The price is high. View full review »
Director Public Sector at Smart Tronix Inc
Purchasing through the AWS Marketplace was very simple. The main reason that we went this way was the simplicity of buying it there. It is maintained and upgraded for us, and this makes it easy to stay current. While the licensing is good through the AWS Marketplace, it is more expensive than what you could buy yourself. However, the convenience outweighs the price. View full review »
User with 51-200 employees
The pricing is inclusive of many features. View full review »
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