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"The most valuable feature is customization.""The product is quite flexible.""One of the greatest things about F5 Load Balancer is that it provides additional capability for handling huge workloads and routing them to an SAP or non-SAP application. It is capable of supporting a large amount of user workload and application connectivity workload. This was the main reason why we chose F5.""We enjoy its overall ease of use.""Currently, it's distributing the load perfectly, as per my understanding of our requirements.""The most valuable features are DNS, APM, and ASM. Additionally, it is easy to use and you have a lot of flexibility to use the solution within a network.""NetFlow balancing and traffic balancing are good features.""The scalability of the solution depends on the sizing of the network. Generally, the scalability is quite good."

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"The solution has an up-to-date data repository to deal with external threats.""The setup was straightforward.""The interface is user-friendly."

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Cons
"There are some aspects of F5 BIG-IP that could be improved, the main one being virtual machine support. We have seen that even with the virtual editions, there are some things that we would like to do that are currently not possible with virtual machines.""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.""The user interface could be improved in F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager.""F5 could improve the rule-setting capabilities in the GUI, and they need to simplify web management. For example, the menus in the Citrix GUI are easier to navigate, with a clean structure and layout.""The logging features are too limited and do not give us a solid understanding of what's happening.""F5 has another solution to load balance servers on the cloud, which they got after the purchase of NGINX. It is deployed as Kubernetes or something like that, but the problem now is that they have two solutions for two situations. They should make F5 deployable on the cloud.""The user experience for dashboards and reports can be improved. They should make dashboards and the reporting system easier for users. They need to add more reports to the dashboard. Currently, for complicated reports, I have to do the customization. It should have more integration with network firewalls to be able to gather all the information required for traffic management.""Currently, the product offers everything we need. I can't recall any features that may be lacking."

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"I'm not convinced that it's necessary the best solution going forward in the future.""It would be an improvement if the management dashboards were not reliant upon Java.""Sometimes scanning slows down the endpoints."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "There are additional costs depending on what modules or what functionality is required."
  • "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."
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    The most valuable features are the WAF and the big IP.
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    It is a little pricey. I wish the pricing was cheaper, but I wish the pricing was cheaper for everything.
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    My only point of contention would be that it is a little pricey.
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    The solution has an up-to-date data repository to deal with external threats.
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    One of our issues is that sometimes scanning slows down the endpoints. The outcome of that is that we have to disable Symantec end users, troubleshoot, and then reconnect. I also believe that from the… more »
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    We have multiple applications that we wanted to ensure were protected and we chose Symantec for that. I'm the head of IT infrastructure and we are partners with Symantec.
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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
    Symantec WAF, Blue Coat Protecting Web Applications
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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.

    The Symantec Web Application Firewall (WAF) enables you to secure and accelerate your web applications.

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    Sample Customers
    Riken, TransUnion, Tepco Systems Administration, Daejeon University, G&T Bank, Danamon, CyberAgent Inc.
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    Find out what your peers are saying about F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) vs. Symantec Web Application Firewall and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
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    F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) is ranked 1st in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) with 35 reviews while Symantec Web Application Firewall is ranked 20th in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 3 reviews. F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) is rated 8.2, while Symantec Web Application Firewall is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) writes "Very stable and easy to use with a good GUI". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Symantec Web Application Firewall writes "An excellent up-to-date data repository handling external threats successfully". F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) is most compared with Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, Citrix ADC, NGINX Plus, HAProxy and A10 Networks Thunder ADC, whereas Symantec Web Application Firewall is most compared with Fortinet FortiWeb, Imperva Incapsula and NGINX App Protect. See our F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) vs. Symantec Web Application Firewall report.

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