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


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Mindshare comparison

As of June 2024, in the Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) category, the mindshare of F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) is 13.1%, down from 16.4% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Fortinet FortiADC is 11.4%, up from 6.9% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
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Featured Reviews

Dec 19, 2022
Stable with a straightforward setup and comes with a load-balancing feature; its technical support is responsive
I'm working with ADC products, particularly with F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM). A total of five people deployed F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) for my company. Three were internal, in particular, engineers, and two were consultants. The solution requires maintenance when my company has a new application to publish and when, at times, there's a need to reset the backend configuration. My company has many F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) users, with four people in charge of the administration and management of the product, though there's a plan to replace it because it will be EOL. The company is still prospecting and looking for alternatives, such as Barracuda or Fortinet. I'd tell anyone looking to implement F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) that it's a good product, but its only problem is pricing. My F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) rating is eight out of ten. My company is a customer.
Saeid Khanipour Ghobani - PeerSpot reviewer
Sep 9, 2022
High-level load balancing and routing protocols but scalability is limited to 200 gigabits
The initial setup and configuration are very easy because the solution includes a simple OS. Initial configuration takes about ten minutes for simple environments. It is important to assess the environment and decide what services, servers, and web applications are needed. The solution can be configured in router mode or one-arm mode which uses source NAT as destination NAT to send traffic to the firewall. One-arm mode is more complex and requires discussions with our engineers. For example, you have a website with Node.js for your programming language, Amazon S3 for your CDN, NGINX for your web server, and you use both React and reCAPTCHA. Our team meets with your developer to learn your website and OS through a multi-step process and then we configure the solution to protect everything.

Quotes from Members

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


"Great load balancing."
"The most helpful thing is that it's open-source. It's very easy to program and customize."
"Users can see a remarkable performance difference from a qualitative sense."
"We have found the consistency of the application always being the way it is supposed to be as its most valuable feature."
"Along with load balancing, we perform a lot of packet inspections, URL rewriting, and SSL interceptions via iRule."
"I was able to simply and quickly set up the WAF rules and security, and also set up easily complex policies and rules which gave me some great features to redirect."
"Valuable features include Link Controller and Server Load Balancer."
"We have multiple solutions we can deploy through the F5."
"Content caching and content compression are good features."
"The solution provides high-level services such as availability, redundancy, and load balancing between servers."
"We can do patches offline without causing customers outages. The web application firewall features, especially those related to the OWASP Top Ten, provide automated protections. This allows more flexibility in patching the backend applications. Additionally, it offers visibility into the requests being made to the applications, and you can't protect what you can't see."
"The user interface is very easy and integrates with Sandbox easily."
"Fortinet FortiADC is a good product because each and every piece of content is monitored by it."
"From a technical perspective, it is the most scalable device from Fortinet."
"It's a good product because it supports all the features that ADC solutions in the market can support, like F5 solutions, for example, such as the LTM of F5."
"Key features include SSL Offloading, VM availability, and L7 load balancing."


"The license terms for "non-commercial" will be a challenge for us."
"A more intuitive interface would be helpful."
"Currently, the product offers everything we need. I can't recall any features that may be lacking."
"Internet and cloud support could be improved."
"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."
"The solution is scalable."
"BIG-IP LTM's sandboxing integration could be improved."
"I'm not very sure about the security with F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM). We have our own private data center, but we are going to migrate our private data center into the Azure cloud environment. Security will then be a major concern when we migrate our own whole infrastructure to the public cloud."
"The L7 Persistent load-balancing algorithm has not worked for me after having tested it many times with my customer's in-house application. I'd like to suggest that the company make sure that all load-balancing algorithms work properly with most applications, even those that are in-house apps."
"Fortinet FortiADC should include an advanced-level SD-WAN."
"Setup could be easier. The company's homework is to redesign those menus to configure with the smallest number of steps."
"The solution needs to integrate sFlow. sFlow provides better visualization of the bandwidth and types of traffic passing through the device. When used in the traffic path, this information can be really useful."
"FortiADC is complex to configure so the interface should be improved."
"There is a mismatch between the number of features they are offering and the device capacity on how much it can handle."
"The user interface could be more friendly and CLI could be more like that of Fortigate."
"I had a terrible experience with Fortinet support. I only used support once when I bought the solution. I got no response for two days. However, I believe that it's no longer the case. Fortinet solutions have problems when they're launched. For example, we had issues with Fortinet's authenticator when it came out. We also had trouble with FortiNAC in the beginning."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"I found F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) an expensive product. The costs would depend on the appliance and infrastructure size. However, my company didn't have to pay extra to use additional features."
"Check other vendors like Cisco, Citrix or A10 Networks. There are plenty in the market with which you can achieve same thing."
"The solution is quite expensive if we compare it with the competition."
"It is cheaper than the average on the market."
"When we purchased additional licenses for our other locations, we received a discount of between 20% and 25%."
"The price of F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) is too high."
"BIG-IP LTM isn't a cheap solution - I'd rate its pricing as three out of five."
"Our company pays for the licensing cost on a yearly basis. Also, there are no extra costs in addition to the standard licensing fees."
"The solution is less expensive than F5 or Imperva and is the most reasonably priced option available."
"I believe the price is good. It's fair. There are no extra costs."
"The product has average pricing. I rate its pricing a five out of ten."
"They offer a perpetual license."
"Compared to F5, FortiADC pricing is better."
"The price is competitive"
"I rate Fortinet FortiADC's pricing one out of ten. It is fixed."
"The product has affordable pricing."
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Top Industries

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

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.
Is Citrix ADC (formerly Netscaler) the best ADC to use and if not why?
For ADC, any ADC can do a good job. But in case if you want to add WAF functionality to the same ADC hardware you have to look for other ADC's like F5, Imperva, Radware, Fortinet, etc.
Do you recommend Fortinet FortiADC?
I recommend Fortinet FortiADC. My experience with Fortinet has been very positive. Our company has been using it for around five years. We mainly use FortiADC for the load balancing of application ...
What do you like most about Fortinet FortiADC?
The user interface is very easy and integrates with Sandbox easily.

Also Known As

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

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