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Thomas Hejula
Real User
Senior IT Engineer at Lumeris
Dec 09 2018

What is most valuable?

* iRules * Simplicity 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. So, I had to… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The ability to quickly set up. I understood it very quickly. I had some URLs which pointed to my load balancers, and inside there, I had to send an action to the API Gateway. I thought it was going to… more»

What needs improvement?

People love them in security, but their costs are completely out of bounds. However, I'm not a security guy, so I don't necessarily know all the ins and outs of why our security team may have chosen… more»

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

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… more»

What other advice do I have?

The product works. We have F5 all across our environment. We use them for both VPNs and for traditional load balancers. So, we have VIPRIONs and several different versions of on-premise F5 hardware… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I am a fan of using AWS natively. It is much cheaper. We also looked at Check Point and Barracuda, but they were not markedly cheaper. The whole reason to use AWS was its ability to create resources… more»
Rehan Ghayyur Khan
Real User
Technical Product Manager at IIPL
Sep 13 2018

What is most valuable?

It has so many features. First of all, it has a full proxy architecture, it has multiple modules. The best feature is the WAF, the web application firewall module. It also has cashing type capabilities. It has all kinds of load-balancing… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has multi-tenancy features, like hardware clustering. It has software partitioning so that you can partition F5. For example, in my recent deployments, I deployed F5 in a bank where they had two load balancers. One was Cisco Ace and the… more»

What needs improvement?

The room for improvement is that the product is a little costly. I live in the Third World, Pakistan. We have budget constraints, even in big enterprise servers. My team said that this product is too costly, and why don't we go with another… more»

What other advice do I have?

F5 is the number-one application delivery controller, plus they are the number-one Web application firewall, together in the market right now. So what else do you want from them? Whenever we go and pitch this solution to our customers, we… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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Real User
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Dec 24 2018

What is most valuable?

We had a problem where customers were doing transactions in our system, pulling health records, and the system had to be shut down for maintenance. Unfortunately, we wouldn't know that the system was… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has the ability to do the security work that we need along with the current thing which is supporting the load balancer. Therefore, it can determine if the system is going down, then route the… more»

What needs improvement?

They could improve the product's ease of use. There has been a bit of complication on some things from the admin side. There is some confusion how to operate it.

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

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… more»

What other advice do I have?

Try doing a proof of concept or a prototype, before you go full in on a load balancer, to make sure it does everything you need. We have both the AWS and on-premise versions. We used the on-premise… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also evaluated some free stuff on the AWS Marketplace, or some cheaper stuff. We also looked at the Amazon offerings, like the Elastic Load Balancing. The customer wanted to take what they had… more»
Reseller
User at a logistics company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Apr 02 2019

How has it helped my organization?

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… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see improvement in the manageability and easier setup. They need to have features that you can turn on and spin up and not have to buy a license for. I'd want to be able to quickly spin up a feature and start using it and then come back and pay for it later. Citrix has them beat on… more»

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

They are expensive.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution a seven out of ten. Not a ten because of the usability and a manageability. I've had to send somebody to F5 University to get trained, whereas with the Citrix NetScaler I don't necessarily have to send them out to training. I was able to pick up NetScaler right away… more»
Reviewer702843
Reseller
Director Technology Solutions with 11-50 employees
Aug 02 2018

What is most valuable?

It is very intuitive, easy to deploy, and manage. The solution's capabilities has been most instrumental in supporting our customers. I find it reliable. Once it is… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We resell F5 as partners. Our customers have a clear business case to reduce downtime, improving resource utilization. The major applications that front-end core banking… more»

What needs improvement?

Implementing whitepapers with a lot more applications could easily be added. This project is missing some relevant features: * We set up the customer through the load… more»

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

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… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

A few of our customers were using Brocade, Citrix NetScaler, or A10. We moved them to F5, because there were more customer references available for F5 in our country and… more»

What other advice do I have?

It is best of the breed, or best in class. Our experience has been very good, in terms of performance, and securing our application infrastructure. I strongly recommend… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Our customers normally evaluate others too and shortlist F5 based on ease of use.
Real User
Network Presales Manager at a comms service provider with 201-500 employees
Apr 09 2019

What is most valuable?

F5 BIG-IP is used with good applications and functions as an application firewall with additional features. I've been building F5 BIG-IP. We will not use any feature or any service unless there is a… more»

How has it helped my organization?

As a firm, we use F5 BIG-IP to provide load balancing over many to increase one of the hardware appliances that carries loads over the throughput they are providing. Ultimately, the service has not… more»

What needs improvement?

The products are great and easy to upgrade from time to time to improve functionality. F5 BIG-IP is working fine. We use it more in production and operations. There are issues with F5 BIG-IP but they… more»

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

5 BIG-IP is too expensive at the current licensing costs.

What other advice do I have?

We use F5 BIG-IP a lot in production right now. The product is indispensable to us. I would rate the product an overall nine out of ten. Most of the benefits of F5 BIG-IP are cyclical because of the… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not evaluate other options but chose 5 BIG-IP on basis of merit.
Eric Foote
Real User
Managing Director at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Dec 10 2018

What is most valuable?

* Flexibility * Capacity * Reputation in the market.

How has it helped my organization?

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.

What needs improvement?

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.

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

It could be priced a little less, especially on the virtual side. It gets a bit expensive, but you get what you pay.

What other advice do I have?

The three key things to look at closely: * Look at the flexibility of the products. * The ability to work with it on-premise and in the cloud is a huge advantage. * The ability to integrate it with… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

There is always the Cisco on-premise solution in play. There are also the AWS native functionalities. The ease of management is the tie-breaker for F5, being able to manage the on-premise and cloud… more»
Aliaksei Shyshkou
Real User
Lead Network Engineer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Jul 30 2018

What is most valuable?

We are using the Big-IP, LTM, ASM, and GTM modules. * The Local Traffic Manager (LTM) provides a simple low balance and SSL decryption, in addition to some TCP parameters, for incoming and outgoing traffic to redirect appropriate traffic… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We can use it for load balancing purposes on an HA proxy software. However, hardware load balancing is the best way due to some hardware flaws for incoming traffic. We are not using CPU resources for a load balancing SSL decryption and… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see F-5 implement a regular routing like in other Linux-based devices. We know the F-5 is not a router, but can be used for traffic forwarding, so it's not the same as other devices if we compare it with Citrix-based… more»

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

The licensing strategy for F5 is good.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We previously used Citrix NetScaler: * Citrix NetScaler SDX, which can be divided in multiple instances. * Citrix VPX.
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What is F5 BIG-IP?

The BIG-IP family of products offers the application intelligence that network managers need to ensure applications are fast, secure, and available. All BIG-IP products share a common underlying architecture, F5's Traffic Management Operating System (TMOS), which provides unified intelligence, flexibility, and programmability. Together, BIG-IP's powerful platforms, advanced modules, and centralized management system make up the most comprehensive set of application delivery tools in the industry.
Also known as
BIG-IP, BIG-IP LTM, F5 ASM, Viprion, F5 BIG-IP Virtual Edition , Crescendo Networks Application Delivery Controller, BIG IP
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Riken, TransUnion, Tepco Systems Administration, Daejeon University, G&T Bank, Danamon, CyberAgent Inc.
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