F5 BIG-IP Pros and Cons

F5 BIG-IP Pros

Thomas Hejula
Senior IT Engineer at Lumeris
I was able to simply and quickly set up the WAF rules and security, and also set up easily complex policies and rules which gave me some great features to redirect.
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Solutiond87c
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
It can determine if the system is going down, then route the traffic somewhere else.
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Flight9875
User at a logistics company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We're able to do load balancing and global load balancing. When you marry those two products together, you can do a lot more. We're able to deliver our applications more securely and faster. It has improved our deliverability where we have more service across the shared data centers. We can intelligently reach all of those client connections across all of the servers and do it fairly quickly. It has helped improve our application delivery and performance.
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Network8776
Network Presales Manager at a comms service provider with 201-500 employees
F5 BIG-IP is used with good applications and functions as an application firewall with additional features. We will not use any feature or any service unless there is a business case and there is a need for implementation.
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Eric Foote
Managing Director at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Load balancing generally brings high availability and a bigger ability to scale out. In some cases, it brings security, depending on how it is configured.
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reviewer1378125
Network Security Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The most valuable feature is the proxy.
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Robert Smith
DevOps Manager at TaxAct
The detail that you have available when setting up iRules.
Where we are finding the AWS version helpful is when we are trying to scale up new environments. AWS Marketplace helps here a lot.
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reviewer1356177
IT Security Engineer at a cloud provider with 11-50 employees
Traffic Learning is the most valuable feature.
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ChiefSecd99d
Chief Security Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
It has made it a single entry point for all users, verging across all the VPCs. It is more of an SSO solution versus multitier user loggin.
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Joshua Cruz
Associate Systems Engineer at Frontline Education
The most valuable feature is being able to manipulate the iRules, so you can send traffic to different avenues.
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F5 BIG-IP Cons

Thomas Hejula
Senior IT Engineer at Lumeris
I used GitHub for autoscaling CloudFormation, and I found two bugs and I submitted them. Their implementation in GitHub could be cleaner and allow for a bit more customization.
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Solutiond87c
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
They could improve the product's ease of use. There is some confusion how to operate it.
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Flight9875
User at a logistics company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I would like to see improvement in the manageability and easier setup.
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Network8776
Network Presales Manager at a comms service provider with 201-500 employees
There are issues with F5 BIG-IP but they are minor issues not affecting production and services. Sometimes the operations and the facility systems fail. However, there is an alert action from the windows. An ordeal for the manager.
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Eric Foote
Managing Director at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
I would like them to expand load balancing, being able to go across multiple regions to on-premise and into the cloud. This could use improvement, as it is sometimes a little cumbersome.
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reviewer1378125
Network Security Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
If they made it easier for engineers to get F5 training then it would be better.
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Robert Smith
DevOps Manager at TaxAct
For integration with other AWS environments, we do some tie-ins with some autoscaling groups. This has been challenging for us. We have had issues, where when autoscaling groups scale up, there are some instances which are not showing up in the proper size. Then, those IPs would get registered with F5, but never get released. Therefore, we are ending up with a whole bunch of ghosted IPs.
The management interface is unclear, complex, and not concise. I would like a better user interface.
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reviewer1356177
IT Security Engineer at a cloud provider with 11-50 employees
This is a very expensive solution.
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ChiefSecd99d
Chief Security Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
We would like to have integration into encryption and PKI integration with SafeNet. That is probably the key component in using External PKIs, letting people bring their PKIs with them.
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Joshua Cruz
Associate Systems Engineer at Frontline Education
The auto logout feature after three minutes is terrible. I wish they would make that longer, since it is not a feature that we can change.
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Learn what your peers think about F5 BIG-IP. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: April 2020.
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