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"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.""The solution is easy to install. It's a straightforward process.""F5 has many capabilities for load balancing and web application firewall features.""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.""The stability is excellent.""One of the best features of the solution is the operating system.""The solution has good load balancing capabilities.""The scalability of the solution depends on the sizing of the network. Generally, the scalability is quite good."

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"I like the web filtering capabilities.""What I find most valuable in Zscaler Private Access is that it's a VPN. Its connectivity as a VPN is its most valuable feature.""The VPN is great for the stability on offer and for the cloud updates and insights you can get."

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"There are not very many areas for improvement, but the price is high.""Technical support 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 user interface could be improved in F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager.""For a future release, I would like to see more features in the cloud.""The price for F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager is very high. This aspect could be improved.""A more hybrid approach would be beneficial for users.""BIG-IP LTM's sandboxing integration could be improved."

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"What could be improved in Zscaler Private Access is its notification. For example, if there's a speed issue, there should be a pop-up that alerts the user about it. If there is a network quality issue, for example, it isn't good enough to connect to, or the network quality is bad, there should be a notification from the solution. Zscaler Private Access also needs improvement in terms of its interface and security.""I can't speak to any missing features.""Sometimes applications crash on some machines, and we’d like Zscaler to give us some information as to why that may have happened. We’d like more detailed reports."

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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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  • "Pricing for Zscaler Private Access is moderate. It's acceptable, though I can't give you the exact price currently. It's not too expensive, and on a scale of one to five, I would rate it a four out of five in terms of pricing."
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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: We looked into Prisma Access before choosing Zscaler Private Access (ZPA). Palo Alto’s Prisma Access is a secure access service edge (SASE) designed to deliver network security in a… more »
    Top Answer:The VPN is great for the stability on offer and for the cloud updates and insights you can get.
    Top Answer:So far, we are happy with the solution. I can't speak to any missing features. Based on the customer feedback, they're doing good. We don't see any negative point at this point in time.
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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.

    Zscaler Private Access delivers policy-based, secure access to private applications and assets without the cost, hassle, or security risks of a VPN. Using the Zscaler App, users can now get all of the benefits of Zscaler’s Cloud Security Platform for Internet traffic, as well as granular, policy-based access to internal resources from a single point.

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    Sample Customers
    Riken, TransUnion, Tepco Systems Administration, Daejeon University, G&T Bank, Danamon, CyberAgent Inc.
    NOV, Growmark, Paychex, MAN Energy Solutions
    Top Industries
    Comms Service Provider23%
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Comms Service Provider22%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Computer Software Company25%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Company Size
    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise52%
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise63%
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise70%
    Buyer's Guide
    Application Delivery Controllers (ADC)
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about F5, Kemp, Microsoft and others in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC). Updated: July 2022.
    622,358 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 Zscaler Private Access is ranked 6th in ZTNA as a Service with 3 reviews. F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) is rated 8.2, while Zscaler Private Access is rated 8.6. 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 Zscaler Private Access writes "User-friendly, easy to customize, and simple to implement". F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) is most compared with Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, NGINX Plus, Citrix ADC, Fortinet FortiADC and HAProxy, whereas Zscaler Private Access is most compared with Prisma Access by Palo Alto Networks, Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client, Okta Workforce Identity, Perimeter 81 and OpenVPN Access Server.

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