F5 BIG-IP Room for Improvement

Jonathan Urrea
Security Professional Services at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
When you create an autofile, its profile takes a long time to generate the view in the VIP. That is probably due to the performance of the device, however, when you load a specific profile, the browser takes more than one minute to show the information. The web interface could be better. The solution should allow for the creation of custom signatures. Right now, I see that can be a little bit complicated to create new or personal signatures in the VIP. The way that policies are created should make it easier to maintain the solution. The product needs to implement some kind of artificial intelligence or machine learning that can start to generate fewer false positive requests. We tend to have a lot of false positives. The policy should be created in such a way as to help lower false positives. There should be better reporting. Our customers ask us for reports quite often. It would be ideal if the solution itself was able to generate various types of reports for them instead. View full review »
User at a logistics company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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 that. View full review »
Network Presales Manager at a comms service provider with 201-500 employees
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 are minor issues, not big ones. This does not affect production and services. Sometimes the operations and the facility systems fail. However, there is an alert action from the windows. Related to the groups, when it comes to cost, rates are regulated. When the market is not good, then we will consider doing the increase. In general, there are more features that could be provided with F5 BIG-IP if it were not so costly. From application to application to customer respects, you can't always customize software based on customer requirements. If you don't consider that, you can't deliver. View full review »
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Director of Network Strategies and Technologies at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
I would like to see some better documentation focused on our website and better search criteria. That's probably the best way to say that there needs to help with research. The cost of the solution is pretty high. It would be ideal if it was more reasonable. View full review »
Head Of Technology at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
When we purchased the product, we found it to be a bit expensive. If we decide to migrate to the cloud, I don't think that BIG-IP is a good solution and we probably won't use it. If the price for a cloud-based deployment can be matched with their competitors the I think it would be a far better solution. View full review »
Network Security Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
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 training then it would be better. View full review »
Network Security Specialist at a energy/utilities company with 5,001-10,000 employees
There should be more logging improvements on F5. The logging features are too limited and do not give us a solid understanding of what's happening. For example, the web application firewall logs don't say complete, or why this is blocked, which signature or which root cause is blocking the log. Also, it can provide more understandable windows or dashboards regarding the latency of the application. Citrix has cheap tools that show what is happening and describe why did they happen. I would like to see improvements to the dashboard, latency reporting, and monitoring. Improvements in these areas would be very valuable. View full review »
IT Security Engineer at a cloud provider with 11-50 employees
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. View full review »
Design and Conception Engineer at SFR
There are some aspects of F5 BIG-IP that could be improved, the main one being virtual machine support. We have seen that even with the virtual editions, there are some things that we would like to do that are currently not possible with virtual machines. We have seen some problems mainly with F5 BIG-IP ASM, and so I think the virtual editions of the ASM could be improved. Another negative aspect is the cost, as it can be expensive. View full review »
Channel Development Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
I'd like to see a more intuitive interface. The market now is moving into salvage services, different kinds of services, not only hardware solutions. View full review »
Technical Specialist - Network & Security at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Currently, the product offers everything we need. I can't recall any features that may be lacking. View full review »
IT Manager at Actuant
We are currently using BIG-IP and NetScaler and we wanted to have just one technology. We will be replacing F5 in March. NetScaler is primarily used for Citrix purposes and BIG-IP is being used as a reverse proxy for our other applications. We would like to manage it easily with one technology. I would like to see better integration. I can remember when we were implementing ADFS, we had some challenges. There is not a lot of documentation available where you can refer to and configure any new technologies. View full review »
Thameem Ansari
Solution Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
The reporting could be improved and I'd also like to see the UI adjusted to make configuration easier. There are some things in the F5 configuration that are complicated. View full review »
Head of IT Infrastructure and Security Operations at a financial services firm with 11-50 employees
The policies management could be improved, that's why I'm doing a comparison of other solutions. This is also a very expensive solution. I'd like to see external loading included as part of the solution. View full review »
Sr. Advisor at CVS Health
Services to be improved: * Multi-cloud consistency, like to simplify administration with centralized policies with multi-cloud vendors * F5 lateral scalability within the container is still restricted. * Web application firewalls and service mesh would be a nice-to-have feature. * Drive programmable application with 100% restful API * Cover deployment * Monitoring * Policy-based control. View full review »
Girisha R
Associate Manager - IT Operations at Collabera
The license terms for "non-commercial" are challenging for us. View full review »
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