Airlock vs F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) comparison


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Web Application Firewall (WAF) (22nd)
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Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) (1st)

Mindshare comparison

As of July 2024, in the Web Application Firewall (WAF) category, the mindshare of Airlock is 0.5%, down from 0.5% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) is 2.7%, down from 3.9% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
Web Application Firewall (WAF)
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Featured Reviews

Tiodor Jovovic - PeerSpot reviewer
Feb 28, 2024
Provides endless features and can be adapted to every single application that exists in the world
WAF is the most beneficial feature for security posture. Our customers are more than satisfied with the user experience provided by the product. The level of detail of the configuration is the most significant aspect. We can adapt it to every single application that exists in the world. The product…
Jun 3, 2024
Policies and machine learning are one of a kind, efficient, and provide minimal disturbance to the servers
From an ASM perspective, the most valuable feature was the DOS protection, SQL injection protection, bot protection, bot URLs, and many other features. There were a lot of good features. The most beneficial for maintaining server health included the algorithms for the virtual IP, which segment traffic between servers, authentication profiles, and many other things. The load-balancing capabilities have increased efficiency because servers can handle connection requests one at a time. There are no dropped connections, and the server health is always under the threshold. Moreover, AI enhances LTM's performance in network management. It made it much more secure and efficient by understanding normal traffic patterns and learning the behavior of traffic within the environment. Any suspicious traffic is captured and flagged.

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:


"Our customers are more than satisfied with the user experience provided by the product."
"Great load balancing."
"It is a stable product from a stable company. Recently, they have been more focused on security as well."
"Where we are finding the AWS version helpful is when we are trying to scale up new environments. AWS Marketplace helps here a lot."
"Valuable features include Link Controller and Server Load Balancer."
"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 type capabilities. It has all kinds of load-balancing algorithms based on your IT requirements."
"We have found the consistency of the application always being the way it is supposed to be as its most valuable feature."
"Initial setup was straightforward. We were up and running in three hours."
"It improves the overall performance of applications by decreasing the burden on servers associated with managing and maintaining applications and network sessions, as well as by performing application-specific tasks."


"The tool must be simplified."
"I would like F5 to incorporate the ability to create your own custom roles and customised permissions within the product set. I have seen many customers wanting to give a certain level of access for the purposes of out-of-hours servicing to out-of-hours staff or teams that fulfill an operations type role."
"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 you are searching for to find anything. So of course, monitoring and getting alerts for abnormal situations is hard. There are no tools for monitoring and alerts"
"LTM's cloud capabilities could be improved. Cloud providers all offer load balancing, but you can't get the same level of security. F5's cloud service is still not on par with its on-prem service."
"The auto logout feature after three minutes is terrible. I wish they would make that longer, since it is not a feature that we can change."
"I would like to see F-5 implement a regular routing like in other Linux-based devices. When we try and integrate in some complex networks, we have to use some additional routing scenarios from a Layer 3 perspective, then we have some problems. It would be great if this were fixed somehow."
"If they made it easier for engineers to get F5 training then it would be better."
"Security enhancement should be more user friendly."
"Initial setup is tricky, if you do not understand the design of this product."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"The tool is cheap."
"F5 BIG-IP can be expensive, although there are trial versions available which are helpful to find out if the solution is right for your company."
"The pricing is inclusive of many features."
"The only area that has room for improvement would be pricing, so its competitors do not have a say."
"Though functionality is high, its cost can be considered slightly higher than its competitors​."
"Compared to using open-source products, the prices are not cheap."
"BIG-IP LTM isn't a cheap solution - I'd rate its pricing as three out of five."
"Security should be involved in any base license. When you bring on F5, you only have default license. Then, the ASM product license has to be purchased. It would be great if F5 could include the ASM in the base license."
"If your IT budget is good, go for it."
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Questions from the Community

What do you like most about Airlock?
Our customers are more than satisfied with the user experience provided by the product.
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Airlock?
The tool is cheap. We are protecting very sensitive portals. We didn't have a single incident for the last 15 years.
What needs improvement with Airlock?
The tool must be simplified. However, if it is simplified, it will lose its competitive edge. The solution requires advanced administrators. However, it has endless features. It would be good if it...
What do you like most about F5 BIG-IP?
The support from F5 BIG-IP LTM is good.
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for F5 BIG-IP?
There are a few licensing options available for F5 BIG-IP LTM. You can have a perpetual license which is a lifetime license. You then only need to renew the support, if you choose to open a ticket ...
What needs improvement with F5 BIG-IP?
In the LTM solution, it would be beneficial to have more algorithms for traffic segmentation or the ability to create user-defined algorithms rather than being restricted to predefined ones.

Also Known As

Airlock Suite
F5 BIG-IP, BIG-IP LTM, F5 ASM, Viprion, F5 BIG-IP Virtual Edition , Crescendo Networks Application Delivery Controller, BIG IP



Sample Customers

Raiffeisen, SGKB, Generali, Visana
Riken, TransUnion, Tepco Systems Administration, Daejeon University, G&T Bank, Danamon, CyberAgent Inc.
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