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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… 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… 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… 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… 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… more»
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 cashing… 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»
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Anonymous User
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… 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… 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… more»

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… 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… more»
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 our… 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… 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»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

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

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… more»

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… 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… 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… 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… more»

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

The licensing strategy for F5 is good.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

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 what… 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 of… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We used Microsoft Gateway called CMG. This product was end-of-life, they decided to kill the product. We switched because… 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 the… more»
Robert Smith
Real User
DevOps Manager at TaxAct
Dec 09 2018

What is most valuable?

* The detail that you have available when setting up iRules. * How the traffic routing works in F5.

What needs improvement?

The management process seems a bit difficult. The management interface is unclear, complex, and not concise. I would like a better user interface. For integration with other AWS environments, we do some tie-ins with some autoscaling groups. This… more»

What other advice do I have?

Always use the Automatic Synching between F5. Don't try to use the API to do the synching. This is where we went wrong. We were trying to push the nodes to F5 individually instead of letting F5 handle the synchronization process, and it doesn't… more»
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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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