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


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F5 Advanced WAF
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Web Application Firewall (WAF) (2nd)
F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Man...
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Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) (1st)

Mindshare comparison

As of June 2024, in the Web Application Firewall (WAF) category, the mindshare of F5 Advanced WAF is 15.0%, up from 11.2% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) is 1.9%, down from 3.6% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
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Featured Reviews

AhmedIsmael - PeerSpot reviewer
Jun 20, 2022
Combines LTM and ASM in one license
I use F5 Advanced WAF to secure web applications and load balance for connectivity F5 Advanced WAF secures our connectivity and combines both the main functions of WAF (balancing and web application security). F5 Advanced WAF's best feature is that it's a combination of LTM and ASM in one…
Richard Polyak - PeerSpot reviewer
Jun 21, 2022
Reduces maintenance downtime and has a strong user community
Our primary use cases for F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager are high availability for applications and SSL offload certificates F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager helps reduce our downtime for maintenance purposes. It also offers us ease of use for the deployment of certificates onto a central…

Quotes from Members

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


"It can scale."
"The most valuable features of F5 Advanced WAF are the balancer and you can change policies very easily."
"The most valuable features of this solution are the WAF protection, Data Safe, and the seven-layer DDoS."
"There are a lot of good features."
"The most valuable feature is artificial intelligence and to get extra internal access."
"This solution is an enterprise-class firewall that provides both load-balancing and security."
"The most valuable features of the F5 Advanced WAF are the enhanced ASM and the performance. Additionally, the usability and effectiveness are very good."
"One of the most valuable features is the Local Traffic Manager."
"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 scalability of the solution depends on the sizing of the network. Generally, the scalability is quite good."
"It can determine if the system is going down, then route the traffic somewhere else."
"The most valuable feature of F5 BIG-IP LTM is brand image and recognition and the application delivery controller."
"Currently, it's distributing the load perfectly, as per my understanding of our requirements."
"The detail that you have available when setting up iRules."
"Along with load balancing, we perform a lot of packet inspections, URL rewriting, and SSL interceptions via iRule."
"It integrates with AWS WAF, which makes it easy to deploy without changes to your infrastructure."


"Most customers encounter stability issues with the product's Big-IP logs."
"We usually use a third-party tool for logging and reporting. It would be nice if we could do that right on this solution. They have one, but it's not very stable. Logging and reporting effectively would be a big enhancement."
"F5 Advanced WAF could improve resource usage, it is CPU intensive. Additionally, adding automated remediation would be a benefit. For example, an easy button alerts us of the events that are occurring, and what we want to do at the time. An automated approach where somebody could be alerted very quickly. Instead of going and reconfiguring everything, an automated approach is what I'm looking at."
"The solution's dashboard could be improved. When you're moving from policy to policy, the logs and the integration of the logs in other systems aren't straightforward."
"The deployment side is quite complex."
"They should work on the virtualization of NGINX."
"The solution should include RASP for another level of protection at the code itself."
"F5 Advanced WAF could improve on its funding for WAF features. There is a need to be more advanced WAF features."
"I would like to see improvement in the manageability and easier setup."
"They need to improve the interface and some of the functionalities."
"The pricing could always be better. It's a bit expensive."
"It would possibly help to get more training, even better in local languages."
"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."
"One area for improvement with F5 BIG-IP LTM could be its pricing, which some may find on the higher side."
"We would like to have integration into encryption and PKI integration with SafeNet. That is probably the key component in using External PKIs, letting people bring their PKIs with them."
"The management interface is unclear, complex, and not concise. I would like a better user interface."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"As far as the pricing of F5 Advanced WAF I would rate it a four out of five depending on what features I am looking for. Imperva is more expensive."
"F5 Advanced WAF pricing structure should be adjusted to meet the need of small to medium-sized companies."
"A yearly license for F5 Advanced WAF is expensive."
"The pricing of F5 Advanced WAF is more expensive than other solutions like Radware and CD18, it is quite high."
"The price of the solution is reasonable when compared with other products, such as FortiWeb. I am very satisfied with the price."
"Licensing fees for this solution are paid on a yearly basis."
"I don't have any issue with the pricing of this solution."
"F5 Advanced WAF technical support comes at a cost, and it's expensive."
"The price of the solution is sometimes expensive."
"The solution is quite expensive if we compare it with the competition."
"The price is high."
"We have found the pricing and licensing on AWS to be competitive."
"LTM is a good product, but it's expensive. They should make it more competitive because cloud providers offer free load balancing. Cloud providers can't cover all the security aspects of F5, but you get a decent amount of security. Cloud environments are becoming the norm across the IT industry. Many of the larger companies that previously used on-prem infrastructure are switching to the cloud, so companies like Fortinet and Palo Alto are reducing their prices. Otherwise, they can't compete in the cloud."
"You can buy it on a yearly basis, or you can go for a subscription. For on-premise boxes, it is just the RMA."
"Take a look at the modules that you are going to use. Look into the best bundles for them."
"It is a little pricey. I wish the pricing was cheaper, but I wish the pricing was cheaper for everything."
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Top Industries

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Computer Software Company
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Manufacturing Company
Financial Services Firm
Computer Software Company
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Questions from the Community

What do you like most about F5 Advanced WAF?
It's a fairly easy-to-use and user-friendly tool. My administrators and team also like its ability to customize the rules per the requirements.
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for F5 Advanced WAF?
The product is not so expensive. It depends on the assets.
What needs improvement with F5 Advanced WAF?
The self-service aspect could be improved. The user interface (UI) also seems a bit outdated. Making it more user-friendly would be beneficial.
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?
The pricing must be more flexible. We get billed for firewalls based on the usage. It will be helpful if the solution provides such flexibility.

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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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Sample Customers

MAXIMUS, Vivo, American Systems, Bangladesh Post Office, City Bank
Riken, TransUnion, Tepco Systems Administration, Daejeon University, G&T Bank, Danamon, CyberAgent Inc.
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