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Rehan Ghayyur Khan
Real User
Technical Product Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
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... 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... 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... 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?... more»
it_user521838
Real User
Solution Architect/Application Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 27 2017

What is most valuable?

We like the capability to combine the content switching with the intrusion prevention and adding the security roles, so we can expose certain sub-pieces outside without exposing everything. Another feature that we like is how they integrate... more»

What needs improvement?

I have been really happy with what they have been doing. They could improve the synchronization between their main site and the failover site. Sometimes, we run into issues where it does not sync well, so I would like to see that improved.... more»

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend that they really look at it. It's a good product. It really helps. Initially, I would also recommend that they consider using some consulting help from their firm to get it set up, because like I said, I wasn't involved... more»
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Reviewer702843
Reseller
Multidisciplinary Entrepreneur
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... 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.... more»

What needs improvement?

Implementing whitepapers with a lot more applications could easily be added. This project is missing some relevant... 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... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

A few of our customers were using Brocade, Citrix NetScaler, or A10. We moved them to F5, because there were more... 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... 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... 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... 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... more»

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

The licensing strategy for F5 is good.

Which solutions did we use previously?

We previously used Citrix NetScaler: * Citrix NetScaler SDX, which can be divided in multiple instances. * Citrix VPX.
Erez Bar On
Vendor
IT Manager at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
Jul 30 2018

What is most valuable?

The most helpful thing is that it's open-source. It's very easy to program and customize.

How has it helped my organization?

It helps us recognize sessions from certain IPs that are authorized to manage the application. This is a function we... more»

What needs improvement?

Logging is a bit of a problem. Logging and monitoring are only in plain text. You have to search and you have to know... more»

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

We only use a fraction of the capabilities of F5. There are different modules that we have heard others speak highly... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

We used Microsoft Gateway called CMG. This product was end-of-life, they decided to kill the product. We switched... more»

What other advice do I have?

I would advise excessive testing before moving to production. It's a new product, it's a "language." You have to learn... more»
Girish Vyas
Real User
Architect - Cloud Serviced at a comms service provider with 11-50 employees
Jul 14 2017

What is most valuable?

I have been working on the LTM and GTM lines. Both of the products are awesome. I would consider the Wide IP and... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We are fond of the load balancing feature for DNS and servers. Also, these can help you natting/hiding the real IP.

What needs improvement?

The only area that has room for improvement would be pricing. Other than that, the v11 clustering is a new technology... more»

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

This product is costly from a licensing perspective considering its competitors. This is why it lost a rating point... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

Regarding load balancing, this was our first product.

What other advice do I have?

Attend a training class before trying to deploy it, or at least refer to online videos on their portal, as this will... more»
NetworkE0d45
Real User
Network Engineer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Apr 18 2018

What is most valuable?

I really like the ease of use of it in general. If I were to choose one in particular, perhaps it would be the iRule feature. It’s a really... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Previously we had an IdP on a Linux server. However, this was a pain to configure. With the F5 this has become easy. Therefore, more and more of... more»

What needs improvement?

The SharePoint SSO part has some room for improvement. Opening documents and spreadsheets on local applications in on our specific situation is... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

We used to have a Barracuda WAF. It was unreliable and it didn’t have all the features of the F5. It was out of maintenance and we decided never... more»

What other advice do I have?

Be sure of what you will use. F5 isn’t cheap but is worth the price. Also, take a good look at all the different options and make sure you take... more»
Bachir Elsitt
Real User
Network Security Engineer at Data Consult
Oct 16 2018

What is most valuable?

Protection of published website. When using ASM, we can have a layer 7 protection in order to prevent the website from attacks.

How has it helped my organization?

I installed F5 on the DMZ zone of the firewall. The traffic will come to the virtual server of the F5. F5 will decrypt the traffic and offload... more»

What needs improvement?

F5 should improve or develop the reporting tools further. They should improve the management policies on the BOX.

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

It's fair, it's not too expensive. Maybe just a little high.

What other advice do I have?

It's a good product to use. It has many features so can use it to secure your environment. I'm satisfied with the product.
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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
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