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F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) vs. SonicWall SMA
March 2020
Find out what your peers are saying about F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) vs. SonicWall SMA and other solutions. Updated: March 2020.
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"F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager is a stable and reliable solution.""In terms of stability, it is stable.""We always use technical support and the team helps us very well. They're able to effectively find and fix issues and they respond very quickly.""It is stable.""The scalability of the solution depends on the sizing of the network. Generally, the scalability is quite good.""This is a solution that does what it's supposed to do at the price point.""The product is quite flexible.""The most valuable feature is customization."

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"What I like best about SonicWall SMA is the relationship between its features and its price, because the solution is both affordable and functional.""I like the load balancing capability.""SonicWall SMA allows us to provide CML-based access to any user.""The performance is good.""Secure Mobile Access (SMA) is easy to configure and the deployment is straightforward. However, this is mostly because of the AWS setup.""I think they ask for a fair price.""I am very satisfied with the technical support."

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Cons
"F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager is sometimes a bit cumbersome to deal with some builds, although that's gotten significantly better over the years.""The initial setup can take a long time.""F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager could improve by having an FNI feature for a single source to multi-domain load balancing.""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.""It reaches a point where scaling is no longer possible.""The price for F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager is very high. This aspect could be improved.""Its GUI could be a bit better. Other than that, it's already pretty good. We don't use it in a high-performance environment. So, we don't really care so much about too many features."

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"The timed synchronization between the network appliance needs improvement.""I'd like to see the product maybe polish keyboards in Bookmark.""The only thing that they could try to improve is the support for enterprise customers. Normally enterprises and SMBs can create a ticket, but for enterprises, SonicWall SMA needs to provide a global view, and this is what's currently missing. It's not even a question of timing. It's a question of the global vision because currently, it's lacking. They concentrate on the topic, but not on the means and not on the global picture. In most cases, there's something wrong with the integration of SonicWall SMA with other products, so that could also be improved.""The problem is that when combined with what the client already has, there are two different logins and two different management systems, and these should be consolidated into a single interface.""SonicWall's reporting isn't good. Reports should be part of a data plan. The login mechanism should be improved. It would be helpful if the client could use an agent to log in. An agent-server model would improve the performance of the RDB, which consumes a lot of bandwidth.""The solution has 2FA, it will generate a token and send it to an email, but multifactor authentication is not available. I would suggest that there should be MFA integration and provided with the appliance.""User interface could be improved."

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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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  • "Our licenses are stackable and can be anywhere from five users to a million users."
  • "This solution is priced well and we currently have the maximum number of licenses allowed."
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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 »
    Top Answer:I am very satisfied with the technical support.
    Top Answer:We need to keep applying updates that are supplied from the OEM. On the customer's side, we have a centralized system. There is software to manage their security appliance, as well as their network… 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
    SonicWall Aventail, SonicWall SMA SSL-VPN, SonicWall Secure Mobile Access
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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.

    SonicWall SMA is a unified secure access gateway that enables organizations to provide anytime, anywhere and any device access to mission critical corporate resources. SMA's granular access control policy engine, context aware device authorization, application level VPN and advanced authentication with single sign-on empowers organizations to embrace BYOD and mobility in a hybrid IT environment.
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    Sample Customers
    Riken, TransUnion, Tepco Systems Administration, Daejeon University, G&T Bank, Danamon, CyberAgent Inc.
    UnitedStack, Newport City Homes, Faith Lutheran College Redlands, PRIME aerostructures GmbH, Celtic Manor Resort
    Top Industries
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    Comms Service Provider24%
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Manufacturing Company8%
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    Computer Software Company23%
    Comms Service Provider22%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Government6%
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    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Government9%
    Retailer4%
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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 Business73%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise9%
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    Small Business36%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise46%
    Buyer's Guide
    F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) vs. SonicWall SMA
    March 2020
    Find out what your peers are saying about F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) vs. SonicWall SMA and other solutions. Updated: March 2020.
    621,548 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) is ranked 1st in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) with 45 reviews while SonicWall SMA is ranked 2nd in Universal Access Gateways with 7 reviews. F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) is rated 8.2, while SonicWall SMA is rated 7.6. 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 SonicWall SMA writes "Has a good relationship between features and pricing, as it's both affordable and functional". F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) is most compared with Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, NGINX Plus, Citrix ADC, Fortinet FortiADC and HAProxy, whereas SonicWall SMA is most compared with SonicWall Netextender, Fortinet FortiClient, Pulse Connect Secure, Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway and Sangfor SSL VPN. See our F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) vs. SonicWall SMA report.

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