F5 BIG-IP Scalability

Thomas Hejula
Senior IT Engineer at Lumeris
I haven't thought of production workloads on it yet. I don't know how the performance is going to be in terms of CPU memory, but I was told by other people because of what we're doing on it, it could be hard to scale. So, we may have to end up buying more because we will be encrypting and decrypting. We have to inspect that traffic, so that will be CPU intensive. Therefore, one instance may not be enough for us, as we may be spinning up multiples across Multi-AZs. We will be just stacking our costs. Granted, it is virtualization, and you can only get so much out of it. However, I haven't put true production workloads through it. I have only done my testing, and I am concerned a bit about these factors and how they may drive our costs even more, because I will have to spin up more WAFs to accommodate for high CPU and memory loads. View full review »
Rehan Ghayyur Khan
Technical Product Manager at IIPL
It has that scalability for adding more F5, N + 1. It's scalable, and it has more functions than a service. At the same time, this device can run access policy manager, it has Web application firewall, datacenter switching to DR sites. It has a modular approach actually. It gives you what you want. View full review »
Solutiond87c
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
We run 14 servers. We get up to about half a million transactions an hour, and the scalability has been good. It has not been a problem. View full review »
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Flight9875
User at a logistics company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Scalability is similar to Citrix NetScaler where you can pay as you grow. It doesn't have the feature which you can just turn on. You have to buy into it, then you have to wait for the license, and then you have to wait to have somebody to pay for it. You can't deploy quickly. View full review »
Reviewer702843
Director Technology Solutions with 11-50 employees
When you enable the web application firewall on the same platform, it requires more resources. If the use case is only for load balancing, but the customers using both load balancing as well as web application firewall, the sizing has to be done correctly. View full review »
Network8776
Network Presales Manager at a comms service provider with 201-500 employees
F5 BIG-IP has good scalability. We have a team managing the product. The team consists of three specialists, but they do not manage that many customers, they manage customers. View full review »
Eric Foote
Managing Director at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
It's very scalable. Probably the largest implementation I did was with hundreds of servers behind it. View full review »
Erez Bar On
IT Manager at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
We haven't bumped into scalability issues. The limitation is actually through licensing. Throughput is limited by licensing. We had an error with the license and we reached the limit but we fixed that. But there has never been trouble with the capacity or scalability. View full review »
Robert Smith
DevOps Manager at TaxAct
We run an Active-Active version of two instances, so scalability between the on-premise and AWS versions hasn't been a huge issue for us. Where we are finding the AWS version helpful is when we are trying to scale up new environments. AWS Marketplace helps here a lot. View full review »
ChiefSecd99d
Chief Security Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
It seems very scalable now. We have 200 users, going to about 10,000 within the next year. There are multiple VPCs and multiple AWS accounts. View full review »
Joshua Cruz
Associate Systems Engineer at Frontline Education
We have over 12 applications that we use it for with about 300 servers which are connected up using this load balancer. We're a big company. We do like the on-premise version. However, we are looking into AWS servers to help us scale for larger avenues as well. View full review »
NetworkE0d45
Network Engineer with 1,001-5,000 employees
No issues with scalability. View full review »
Bachir Elsitt
Network Security Engineer at Data Consult
They have one box and you can implement many features with it like LTM, ASM, GTM. So it is scalable. And they have a virtual edition and an appliance edition. View full review »
Guojun Jin
Staff Engineer at a manufacturing company with 11-50 employees
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Security Governance at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Samar Choudhury
Assistant Vice President at Nagarro
It is very scalable. View full review »
Luis Henriquez
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Solution Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
They have the potential to scale in better way. View full review »
Technicab017
Technical Team Leader at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
It's easier to scale. View full review »
Director1e9d
Director Public Sector at Smart Tronix Inc
The scalability is awesome. Our environment is thousands upon thousands of instances in AWS. View full review »
Develope0fe0
Developer at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
It seems to be a very scalable product. As for the size of our environment, we have our own data center, but it's a small data center. View full review »
Nt3210Sec8
Network Security Administrator at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
No issues with scalability. View full review »
Sathiya Shunmugasundaram
Site Reliability Engineer at Apple
Scalability has been great. We have thousands of severs. F5 has scaled very well. View full review »
it_user617790
Games, Apps and Web Developer at a media company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Inderjeet Singh
Senior Network Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
I haven't done any upgrades yet, but it is scalable to some extent. View full review »
Pablo Vega
Ingeniero at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
We don't need additional features to grow out the platform. View full review »
Hu231Anly367
User with 51-200 employees
Scalability seems fine. View full review »
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