Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client vs F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) comparison

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We performed a comparison between Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client and F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Enterprise Infrastructure VPN solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
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Pros
"Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client is very stable.""You don't have to think about it very much. It just works.""We have plans to increase the usage of this solution, it can scale well.""The most valuable feature of the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client is its ease of use and simple interface. It's always available as long as I have a good network connection.""The solution is quite stable.""The solution is very stable.""It's a very scalable solution. We are using the maximum licensing they offer, and it's very affordable given the value.""It's fairly easy to set up."

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"It has helped a lot to protect our organization from external attacks, especially XSS or XSRF types of attacks.""The web application firewall feature is the most valuable and useful feature. It is a leading industry product when it comes to load balancing. Its user interface is very simple. There isn't a steep learning curve. When we initiate someone to F5, they start using it quickly.""The product is quite flexible.""The most valuable feature is customization.""F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager is a stable and reliable solution.""The most valuable features are DNS, APM, and ASM. Additionally, it is easy to use and you have a lot of flexibility to use the solution within a network.""The most valuable features are the WAF and the big IP.""I have found F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) to be stable."

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Cons
"We don't have the correct visibility to see the quantity of licenses we are consuming or not consuming.""There are times the WiFi connectivity has disruptions and you have disconnections. It doesn't work with two connections. I have two switches back and forth sometimes. It doesn't have a failback scenario feature. However, on the gateway side, it does, but on the user device, it doesn't have that kind of option. It would be nice to have this feature.""I would like to see improvements in regards to the connectivity speed.""The solution could offer tighter integration with endpoint protection to make it easier to use when routing security applications from other vendors.""They can redesign the reset password, reset function, and user interface.""The GUI needs to be upgraded.""If there's any cloud version available, instead of on-premise, that would be ideal.""When using Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client when my laptop goes into sleep mode the VPN wants me to enter the password again. I should not have to enter the information again. If the laptop is on and it is not switched off, the password should be in the VPN saved and secured."

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"Currently, the product offers everything we need. I can't recall any features that may be lacking.""It would be good to have better traffic and better data. It would be nice to have more granularity to see packets in terms of the header details, the analytics, etc. It would be nice if that was also part of it and to have analytics added to the traffic.""A lot of functions that are attributed to iRules can actually be simple profile changes. iRules do have a certain performance impact. Therefore, instead of writing simple iRules, they can create certain profiles for classes that will perform the same function.""There are not very many areas for improvement, but the price is high.""Lacking in free training to help users understand the product more, so they would know how to correctly use it. Like other vendors and their products, becoming more proactive is an area for improvement.""The user interface could be improved in F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager.""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.""It reaches a point where scaling is no longer possible."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The pricing depends on the requirement, so proper planning and an RF analysis help to properly size the solution and get the best pricing."
  • "The licensing costs are reasonable."
  • "We pay for an annual subscription. Additionally to the subscription, we thought in order to connect this solution to the Active Directory we had to purchase a Cisco ACS, Access Control System. It turns out we did not actually need it."
  • "I am using a paid version of Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client."
  • "One thing I've noticed is the price in comparison to other VPNs."
  • "The price is okay."
  • "It costs around 80,000 Indian rupees for a hundred licenses, so approximately $1,020 USD."
  • "The solution is reasonably priced and costs $600 for a five-year license in our scenario."
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  • "When we purchased additional licenses for our other locations, we received a discount of between 20% and 25%."
  • "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 price should be reduced because it is expensive when compared to the competition."
  • "The solution is quite expensive if we compare it with the competition."
  • "It is a bit expensive product. Kemp Loadmaster is much cheaper than F5. Its licensing is on a yearly basis. It can be for one year or three years."
  • "The price of the solution is sometimes expensive."
  • "You can buy it on a yearly basis, or you can go for a subscription. For on-premise boxes, it is just the RMA."
  • "Compared to using open-source products, the prices are not cheap."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Some of the main features of the solution are it has the ability to integrate with our Active Directory to allow each user to have one less password to have to remember and it has great functionality.
    Top Answer:We pay for an annual subscription. Additionally to the subscription, we thought in order to connect this solution to the Active Directory we had to purchase a Cisco ACS, Access Control System. It… more »
    Top Answer:There is one very specific improvement that could be done regarding users logging in. When a user logs in with an expired password we did not know that the password reset function would prompt them… more »
    Top Answer:F5 BIG-IP LTM can improve on the SSL loading which includes the authentication of certificates. Although, most of these issues have been solved there are still some issue that persists. In a feature… more »
    Top Answer:F5 BIG-IP LTM is used for delivering applications and protecting the application from web attacks.
    Top Answer:Apart from throughout consideration. Radware license charges based on throughput and F5 charges based on features only. For example, if you buy F5 with an appliance throughput of 10g that throughput… more »
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    Also Known As
    Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility, AnyConnect Secure Mobility, Cisco AnyConnect, AnyConnect
    F5 BIG-IP, BIG-IP LTM, F5 ASM, Viprion, F5 BIG-IP Virtual Edition , Crescendo Networks Application Delivery Controller, BIG IP
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    Overview

    Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility is a unified agent that provides different security services to help empower and protect organizations. It offers the visibility and control you need to figure out who and what is gaining access to your extended company before, during, and after an attack.

    Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility is an endpoint security platform that includes remote access, posture enforcement, and online security features. It provides your IT department with all of the secure access options it needs to deliver a reliable, user-friendly, and highly secure mobile experience. It not only allows VPN access via Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), but it also provides additional security via built-in modules, such as Cisco Network Access Manager, Cisco

    AnyConnect ISE Agent, and Cisco AnyConnect Web Security Client.

    Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Features

    Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

    • Accessible from any location: Cisco AnyConnect allows any user to connect to the workplace network from any device, at any time, and from any location.
    • Unified endpoint compliance: Cisco AnyConnect unifies endpoint posture and remediation across wired, wireless, and VPN environments for Cisco ISE. It offers endpoint posture testing for OS levels, the most recent antivirus updates, and other resources to improve endpoint security and compliance.
    • Web security: Cisco AnyConnect includes a web security module that may be used with either the on-premises Cisco Web Security Appliance (WSA) or the cloud-based Cisco Cloud Web Security (CWS). Admins can give comprehensive secure mobility to all end users by combining online security with VPN access, which is critical for BYOD deployments.
    • Secure network access: The Network Access Manager has advanced connection features that allow managers to decide which networks or resources endpoints can access. It includes an IEEE 802.1X supplicant as well as some unique encryption methods that can be deployed as part of authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA) capabilities.
    • Mobile device support: Cisco AnyConnect is compatible with the most common devices used by today's workforce. With per-application VPN, highly secure remote access can be device-based or powered transparently by certain enterprise mobile applications.
    • Simplified management and usability: Cisco AnyConnect provides a consistent user experience across on-premises and off-premises devices without causing IT headaches.

    Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Benefits

    There are many benefits to implementing Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:

    • Endpoint security that is context-aware, comprehensive, and ongoing
    • Flexible access to company resources over wired, cellular, and VPN networks
    • Low cost of ownership
    • User Verification
    • Prevents data threats at entry
    • Protects users who are off the VPN
    • Uses visibility and analytics to optimize security
    • Unlocks endpoint visibility

    Reviews from Real Users

    Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Two major ones are its ability to be customized and its reliability. PeerSpot users take note of the advantages of these features in their reviews:

    Hakan T., Senior Solution Sales Consultant at a tech services company, writes, “Every time I have to connect to the network I use this solution. It is a customizable solution, it makes life easier for me. It makes the global workforce work much easier and more secure.”

    Another PeerSpot reviewer, a Product Manager and CMOS Image Sensors at a manufacturing company, mentions, “Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client works well, we don't have any issues with it. The most valuable feature of this solution is that it works all of the time.”

    F5 BIG-IP LTM optimizes the speed and reliability of your apps via both network and application layers. Using real-time protocol and traffic management decisions based on app and server and connection management conditions, and TCP and content offloading, BIG-IP LTM dramatically improves application and infrastructure responsiveness. BIG-IP LTM's architecture includes protocol awareness to control traffic for the most important applications. BIG-IP LTM tracks the dynamic performance levels of servers and delivers SSL performance and visibility for inbound and outbound traffic, to protect the user experience by encrypting everything from the client to the server.

    BIG-IP LTM provides enterprise-class Application Delivery Controller (ADC). You get granular layer 7 control, SSL offloading and acceleration capabilities, and advanced scaling technologies that deliver performance and reliability on-demand. The highly optimized TCP/IP stack combines TCP/IP techniques and improvements in the latest RFCs with extensions to minimize the effect of congestion and packet loss and recovery. Independent testing tools and customer experiences show LTM's TCP stack delivers up to a 2x performance gain for users and a 4x increase in bandwidth efficiency.

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    Sample Customers
    MST, Molina Healthcare, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, Arup, New South Wales Rural FireService
    Riken, TransUnion, Tepco Systems Administration, Daejeon University, G&T Bank, Danamon, CyberAgent Inc.
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    Buyer's Guide
    Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client vs. F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM)
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    Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client is ranked 3rd in Enterprise Infrastructure VPN with 49 reviews while F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) is ranked 1st in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) with 46 reviews. Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client is rated 8.4, while F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client writes "Easy to use, stable, has no connectivity issues, and allows users to work from home". On the other hand, the top reviewer of F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) writes "Great support, helpful documentation, and is user-friendly". Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client is most compared with OpenVPN Access Server, Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway, Zscaler Private Access, Fortinet FortiClient and Pulse Connect Secure, whereas F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) is most compared with Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, NGINX Plus, Citrix NetScaler and Fortinet FortiADC. See our Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client vs. F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) report.

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