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F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) vs. NGINX Plus
July 2022
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"The stability is excellent.""In terms of stability, it is stable.""F5 has many capabilities for load balancing and web application firewall features.""The load balancing function, the monitors that you can create, and iRules programmability are most valuable.""The iRule feature is very useful for inspecting HTTP. Sometimes, we use it for modifying the headers of the HTTP.""iRules are very valuable. In addition to that, the way profiles are depicted by the LTM is also very good.""F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) improves the resilience and quality of the application itself, the speed and the user experience for the application. The data that the users need from the application is actually acquired faster. So, it provides faster data acquisition.""This is a solution that does what it's supposed to do at the price point."

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"The web proxy and the database proxy are excellent.""NGINX Plus' most valuable feature is the ingress controller.""I think installation only took a couple of minutes — no more than 10 minutes.""NGINX Plus also has NGINX App Protect. It's a separate module, which is inspired by the F5 apps.""The load balancing module, which is equivalent to LTM, is the focus of the PSE. So far, the features of both are identical. I believe NGINX has more features for securing these services, but in terms of load balancing, both are massive solutions.""This solution has everything."

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Cons
"The solution could improve the documentation.""An expensive solution for the minimal features we use.""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.""A more intuitive interface would be helpful.""For a future release, I would like to see more features in the cloud.""Currently, the product offers everything we need. I can't recall any features that may be lacking.""The deployment could be simplified.""Right now, there are a lot of products within F5's portfolio. They acquired a couple of companies like NGINX and Volterra. Some features and technologies overlapped when this acquisition occurred. They need to refine it and come up with a single, proper solution. F5 should focus more on zero trust network access (ZTNA).They should be more focused on that framework because the industry is moving towards that. Everyone is talking about SASE and zero trust."

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"It would be great if there was even more automation to make it even easier to maintain.""The center management system could be improved.""The scaling should be built into the software rather than configured from an outside source.""The drawback is that you must obtain a license for everything.""NGINX is a very basic load balancer and cannot do as many customizations as F5.""NGINX Plus is moderately priced, but it could give better value for money."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "F5 pricing is too high, compared to Citrix."
  • "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."
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  • "Compared to other similar solutions on the market, I think it's over-priced."
  • "You pay for each feature that you want."
  • "The list price of NGINX Plus is close to $5,500."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The tech support we got from F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager directly was pretty good.
    Top Answer:BIG-IP LTM is considered a premium product, so it's quite expensive and isn't affordable for all customers. F5's licensing is based on modules, so there are separate charges depending on which… more »
    Top Answer:For right now, I don't have anything I would suggest in terms of improvements. I worked mainly on the CLI. Working on the CLI on the operations level or on the configuration level is sometimes a bit… more »
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    Top Answer:I think installation only took a couple of minutes — no more than 10 minutes.
    Top Answer:Their license fee has gone up, so that is one concern that we have. We are looking for alternative solutions which compare well and fit into our budget. We are interested in an open-source version… more »
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    Also Known As
    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

    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.

    NGINX Plus is the all‑in‑one application delivery platform for the modern application development.

    NGINX is the world’s most popular all‑in‑one application delivery platform for the modern application development. NGINX Plus adds enterprise-ready features for HTTP, TCP, and UDP load balancing, such as session persistencehealth checksadvanced monitoring, and management to give you the freedom to innovate without being constrained by infrastructure.

    NGINX Plus is a cloud‑native, reverse proxy, load balancer, and API gateway. NGINX Plus boasts scalable and reliable high availability along with monitoring to support debugging and diagnosing complex application architectures. Active health checks proactively poll upstream server status to get ahead of issues, and the integrated live activity monitoring dashboard provides a single‑pane view of your app environment. The NGINX Plus API enables integration with existing tools, optimizing resources and reducing tool sprawl.

    NGINX Plus extends NGINX Open Source with many additional features and support, providing customers with a complete application delivery solution.

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    Sample Customers
    Riken, TransUnion, Tepco Systems Administration, Daejeon University, G&T Bank, Danamon, CyberAgent Inc.
    Locaweb, AppNexus, Wix, Reliam, Montana Interactive, MuleSoft, Warpwire, Discovery Education, InkaBinka, WordPress.com, Gogo, GOV.UK, NASA
    Top Industries
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    Comms Service Provider23%
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company23%
    Comms Service Provider22%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Government6%
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    Comms Service Provider28%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Government6%
    Company Size
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    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise52%
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    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise63%
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    Small Business58%
    Large Enterprise42%
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    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise60%
    Buyer's Guide
    F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) vs. NGINX Plus
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) vs. NGINX Plus and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    622,645 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) is ranked 1st in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) with 46 reviews while NGINX Plus is ranked 6th in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) with 6 reviews. F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) is rated 8.2, while NGINX Plus is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) writes "Great support, helpful documentation, and is user-friendly". On the other hand, the top reviewer of NGINX Plus writes "Quick installation and very easy to manage while doing orchestration or automation". F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) is most compared with Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, Citrix ADC, Fortinet FortiADC, HAProxy and A10 Networks Thunder ADC, whereas NGINX Plus is most compared with IIS, HAProxy, Kemp LoadMaster, Microsoft Azure Application Gateway and IBM DataPower Gateway. See our F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) vs. NGINX Plus report.

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