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Dec 09 2018
It could be hard to scale because we will be encrypting and decrypting. The connection through the API Gateway worked in no time, which was fantastic.
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 »
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 »
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Apr 02 2019
Has helped us to intelligently reach all of the client connections across all of the servers fairly quickly but the setup should be easier
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 »
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.
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 »
Jul 08 2020
What is most valuable?The most valuable feature is the proxy. It is set up as a reverse proxy in front of the server. This feature allows me to do anything with the traffic, such as inspecting it. Most other solutions don't provide you with this capability. This solution allows you to write scripts that can run on F5… more »
What needs improvement?More training should be available to customers. There is a guide that is available on the internet, but the training is not as good as others, such as Cisco. While F5 does have a big market share, it is not easy to find a well-training F5 engineer. If they made it easier for engineers to get F5… more »
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?When you purchase the virtual edition or the hardware, it comes with the base license. There are additional costs depending on what modules or what functionality is required.
What other advice do I have?I consider F5 to be my network within my network because the traffic has to go through it. This includes things like the load balancer. My advice for anybody who is implementing this solution is to learn and understand the architecture of the device. It will do very well for you if you understand… more »
Dec 09 2018
The integration and configuration into the AWS environment was pretty good. However, we are ending up with a whole bunch of ghosted IPs.
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 has been challenging for us. We have had issues, where… 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 work. We were previously using the on-premise version… more »
Which other solutions did I evaluate?The product was already in place when I came onboard. My preference is to use AWS natively, but there are some issues around session management and so on, which have prevented us from using it. While a lot of these issues have been solved, a lot of our applications are tied to the F5 infrastructure.
Jun 17 2020
What is most valuable?I've found Traffic Learning to be the most valuable feature in this solution.
What needs improvement?This solution could be improved by reducing the cost. It's the main reason that we're considering another option for our website even though we're very satisfied with the way the Big-IP works and the way Big-IP protects our environment, but it's very expensive. We are keen to find out if there is a similar system for technology that would suit us and cost less.
What other advice do I have?I don't have much advice other than to suggest that people look for high quality solutions to implement. It's really about what the client wants and if they're prepared to take the risk of a less expensive solution they need to realize that it might also mean a product that is less good quality. I would rate this product a nine out of 10.
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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 asBIG-IP, BIG-IP LTM, F5 ASM, Viprion, F5 BIG-IP Virtual Edition , Crescendo Networks Application Delivery Controller, BIG IP
F5 BIG-IP customersRiken, TransUnion, Tepco Systems Administration, Daejeon University, G&T Bank, Danamon, CyberAgent Inc.