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

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We performed a comparison between F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) and Radware Alteon based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
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Question: F5 BIG-IP vs. Radware Alteon Comparison
Answer: I can say the difference between both high end devices as F5 BIG-IP 4200v and Radware Alteon 5224XL comparission, 1. Layer 4 Throughput of F5 BIG-IP is 10 GBps whereas Radware Alteon is 8 GBps. 2. Layer 4 Connection per second of Radware Alteon is 480000 whereas F5 BIG-IP is F5 BIG-IP is 300000 only. 3. Layer 7 Connection per second of Radware Alteon is 190000 whereas F5 BIG-IP is F5 BIG-IP is 100000 only. 4. SSL Transaction per second wise Radware Alteon is 11200 whereas F5 BIG-IP is F5 BIG-IP is 9000 only. 5. SSL Bulk Throughput of F5 BIG-IP is 8 GBps whereas Radware Alteon is 4.1 GBps only. 6. Compression rate of F5 BIG-IP is 8 GBps whereas Radware Alteon is 3.6 GBps only.
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"It has helped a lot to protect our organization from external attacks, especially XSS or XSRF types of attacks.""One of the best features of the solution is the operating system.""BIG-IP LTM is completely stable, and its performance is good.""The most valuable features are the WAF and the big IP.""We have multiple solutions we can deploy through the F5.""The tech support we got from F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager directly was pretty good.""There is a lot of documentation available.""The solution has good load balancing capabilities."

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"The link load balancing is a great feature.""The most valuable features of Radware Alteon are the reverse proxy functionality and the SSL offload and hardware.""The command line interface is simple and very user-friendly.""I found the link load balancer and server load balancer are the most valuable.""The solution has been very stable.""The strength of this solution is the application delivery controller.""Radware has been characterized by being extremely robust. This gives us the confidence to offer our users a continuous service.""The GUI was a valuable feature. It was uncomplicated and easy to use."

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"BIG-IP LTM's sandboxing integration could be improved.""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.""My only point of contention would be that it is a little pricey.""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.""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.""An expensive solution for the minimal features we use.""In terms of what could be improved, I would expect more integration with different platforms and more integration with the backend systems. Additionally, in the next release, I would like a more secure version.""The initial setup can be complex - it's quite flexible in terms of configuration, but the person configuring it needs to understand the application side, the network side, and the server."

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"The community portal does not have a place to find scripts.""We’d like the solution to include more security features in the standard license.""The service could be improved by better customer support.""Radware Alteon could improve the troubleshooting from the command line interface, they could do a better job making it easier.""I would like this solution to have an integration tool that will convert configuration from other software, into readable values for this product during implementation.""We recently had a problem with the tables Obsolete ARP which was observed by the support team. It would be good to diagnose and solve this problem with a patch since it is not documented that it will be solved in later updates.""The solution could be more robust.""Performance could be improved."

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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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  • "It has a good price point and is more reasonable than other comparable products"
  • "Radware Alteon is less expensive than many of the other competitors."
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    Answers from the Community
    Hernan Gutierrez
    Thameem Ansari - PeerSpot reviewerThameem Ansari
    Real User

    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 available on day one, but if it's Radware, you will get a 1gbps license and hardware has 10gbps throughput. You can only use 1gbps on day one. On the load balancing side, both are equal only I rule is the game-changer. A lot of customization is possible with irule.

    OMKaewsaenchai - PeerSpot reviewerOMKaewsaenchai
    Real User

    For ADC both are very good, But in the leader in Gartner of ADC products, the tops rivals are Citrix ADC and F5 
    They are very good and can do the job but only some major differences to consider are.

    Citrix ADC -  Has App Expert Wizard which is a GUI ready to use to build simple to complex traffic syntax rule easily. Any admin that has some good background sees this syntax can understand and configure, it is very easy. This is good for a big complex environment or in case your network admin leaves the job and new one comes to take the role.

    GUI; Travesing each menu is very easy as they are all in the same pattern with every feature.

    F5 - Use the iRule, which does the same job. If you like to write programming code with lots of { {   } }, etc, it's ok. But for many admin teams, it may be hard to troubleshoot the traffics rules if the guy who wrote the rule left, not that hard to learn but still harder than GUI.

    GUI- F5 GUI is sometimes too complex than needed, sometimes it's left, right, under have to drill down a lot just to get to the simple tasks.

    Overall there are both good. 

    Questions from the Community
    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 »
    Top Answer:We use Alteon to load balance our client traffic between different servers. We provide client support for deploying, configuring and troubleshooting.
    Top Answer:The command line interface is simple and very user-friendly.
    Top Answer:Radware is a very budget-friendly device. It is not too expensive.
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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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    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.

    Radware Alteon is an application delivery controller (ADC) solution that provides global load balancing for all web, cloud and mobile-based applications. The solution is designed to help your organization simplify operations while ensuring resilience and SLA. It manages application traffic across both data and cloud center locations, optimizing availability and performance. In addition, Radware Alteon integrates multiple application protection services to provide protection against an array of cyberthreats.

    Radware Alteon Features

    Radware Alteon has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

    • Robust
    • Load-balancing reverse proxy
    • Stable
    • Flexible
    • Guaranteed application availability
    • Application aware traffic redirection capabilities
    • Faster web application response time
    • Application specific optimized configuration guides
    • Configuration templates
    • Built-in virtualization
    • Built-in application and network security

    Radware Alteon Benefits

    There are many benefits to implementing Radware Alteon. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:

    • Flexible deployment options: Radware Alteon is deployable in a multitude of form factors, including on-premises, virtual, and cloud, and provides a consistent application delivery and security service in any application environment.
    • Automation scripts library: To support faster time to service for complex application delivery and security services, Alteon is supported by an extensive range of automation scripts library. This also enables seamless integration of Radware Alteon services into the DevOps CI/CD processes.
    • Integrated application protection: The solution offers comprehensive application protection via embedded WAF, bot management, threat intelligence, and API protection capabilities. This ensures application availability and helps to minimize false positives, as well as keep applications along with their data secure.
    • Actionable visibility: With Radware Alteon you can stay ahead of issues and threats. The solution provides real-time visibility and actionable insights for proactive management of application availability and security issues before the user experience is impacted.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Below are some reviews and helpful feedback written by PeerSpot users currently using the solution.

    PeerSpot reviewer Jefe de implementaciones de Datos at RETO Industrial S.A. de. C.V., mentions, “The simple and well-documented configuration allows us to be able to implement new balancing services at the request of the user with the same conditions and good service that they expect. We can also make changes to services that are already running, as I mentioned before, the graphical interface is very intuitive and you can almost always make the most common changes quickly. Radware has been characterized by being extremely robust. This gives us the confidence to offer our users a continuous service.”

    A director of consulting says, “The most valuable features are the load-balancing and reverse proxy. Global-load balancing as well is valuable. I also find it to be stable. To date, we have not had any issues with it.”

    An SOC Specialist at a tech services company explains, “The interface is easy, it's friendly, and has good alerting. When you have a problem with a server, it will alert you. It is useful in many areas, especially for web applications and load balancing. It's something that the customer can see on the internet.”

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    Sample Customers
    Riken, TransUnion, Tepco Systems Administration, Daejeon University, G&T Bank, Danamon, CyberAgent Inc.
    Top Industries
    Comms Service Provider23%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Comms Service Provider29%
    Computer Software Company29%
    Marketing Services Firm14%
    Sports Company14%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Comms Service Provider21%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
    Company Size
    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise52%
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise65%
    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise67%
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise60%
    Buyer's Guide
    F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) vs. Radware Alteon
    November 2022
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    F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) is ranked 1st in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) with 46 reviews while Radware Alteon is ranked 7th in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) with 9 reviews. F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) is rated 8.2, while Radware Alteon is rated 8.4. 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 Radware Alteon writes "Great load-balancing services and multiple backend servers, but it would be great if it had script-sharing features in a community hub". F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) is most compared with Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, NGINX Plus, Citrix NetScaler, Fortinet FortiADC and Cloudflare, whereas Radware Alteon is most compared with Radware LinkProof, Citrix NetScaler, HAProxy, NGINX Plus and A10 Networks Thunder ADC. See our F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) vs. Radware Alteon report.

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