F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) vs Zscaler Zero Trust Exchange comparison


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F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Man...
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Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) (1st)
Zscaler Zero Trust Exchange
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ZTNA as a Service (1st), Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) (3rd)

Mindshare comparison

As of July 2024, in the Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) category, the mindshare of F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) is 13.1%, down from 15.3% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Zscaler Zero Trust Exchange is 0.2%, down from 0.3% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
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ZTNA as a Service
Secure Access Service Edge (SASE)

Featured Reviews

John Bayangos - PeerSpot reviewer
Jan 11, 2023
Reliable with good support and useful load-balancing features
We usually use the product for load balancing, as a web server, and for web traffic We're hosting a website for our company, and the solution has helped a lot with load balancing.  The load-balancing features are great. You can do several different types, depending on the application.  The…
May 18, 2023
User-friendly implementation, responsive support, and handles intricate enterprise environments
The scalability of Zscaler Private Access is truly remarkable. It never poses any issues in terms of scalability, thanks to its substantial investment in hardware and the robustness of its networks. This holds true not only for Zscaler but also for their closest competitors, such as Netskope. These companies have made significant financial commitments to ensure exceptional network performance and data gateways. The interfaces are highly functional, and all optimization measures are in place. Consequently, they can effortlessly handle a large number of clients at maximum speed without any performance concerns. It's important to note that when discussing network access solutions, such as Zscaler Private Access, there is always a trade-off between performance and security. However, new advancements in the industry have given rise to a new generation of solutions that include zero-trust management, segmentation management, data loss prevention, and advanced attack prevention capabilities all in one package. It's crucial to stay aware of these developments since the technology landscape evolves rapidly, especially in the realm of cloud computing, where progress is even more accelerated. My clients are all sizes that are using this solution. I rate the scalability of Zscaler Private Access a ten out of ten.

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:


"The most valuable feature of this solution is IP Intelligence."
"BIG-IP LTM's most valuable feature is that it allows you to seamlessly add more servers without impacting your application's configuration."
"In my team, we work in a very agile environment and the solutions from BIG-IP, including BIG-IP WAF, suit us well when developing and serving our applications."
"It is a very good, flexible solution. It helps us to catch up on flaws in our partner solutions on top of its load balancing feature."
"The product is quite flexible."
"I have Big-IP change and control manager, which give me the roll back option. Therefore, I can view the last things which happened on the device."
"ASM for WAF."
"It is a fast and available solution."
"SASE's most valuable features are proxy and content filtering."
"Sandboxing, DLP, and SSL inspection engine are the most valuable features of Zscaler SASE."
"I find all Zscaler Private Access features valuable because each replaces flawed technologies, such as EPAs being replacements for VPN and PR as a replacement for PAM, so I can't mention only one valuable feature. Overall, Zscaler Private Access is a good solution."
"I like the web filtering capabilities."
"We don't need to connect anymore. It is automatically connected when you log on in Windows."
"The user interface of Zscaler Private Access is excellent. With proper knowledge and expertise, one can efficiently handle intricate enterprise environments without feeling overwhelmed. This leads to exceptional productivity for managed service providers. The user experience is remarkably streamlined, enabling the management of even the most complex enterprise setups without any excessive complications."
"It has some good data security and WIP features, providing secure Internet access."
"The most valuable feature is the manageability of the micro tunnels."


"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."
"The pricing of the product is a bit too high."
"Fixing bugs."
"The solution could improve the ease of use, the management could be simplified. Other solutions are easier to use."
"It requires a particular skill or training before being able to manage it."
"One area for improvement with F5 BIG-IP LTM could be its pricing, which some may find on the higher side."
"The solution's initial setup process was quite complex. I"
"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."
"Conflicts arise if you do not have the same management teams on the product."
"Zscaler Private Access could improve by improving external access. If external parties want to access locally to my company's services, we need to onboard them into our domain, otherwise, it doesn't work. Additionally, if their company also has Zscaler Private Access, then it doesn't work. They need to log in with our domain ID, not their company ID."
"The granularity in blocking is not sufficient, as new domains are automatically blocked for 30 days without further information."
"It has massive room for improvement. The Zscaler product itself is okay, but it doesn't give enough granularity for us as an organization to stipulate rules or processes, especially for data-driven services. For instance, we can stick on SSL inspection, but it's just a click box. It doesn't allow us to go any further into the detail of the SSL inspection. We also can't pull it out without having an additional logging server. It just doesn't give us enough granularity. They should give us more control over the interfaces because it is all backend. They weren't very open to discussing their backend architecture with us in terms of their own data centers. They can maybe a little bit more open about what components are there and how the backend infrastructure works alongside Zscaler. Its licensing can be better. Some of the additional licensing costs are quite high, and they should have certain features ready and available as a baseline rather than having to purchase additional licenses for it. Their support should also be improved. I initially had a consultant from Zscaler for its deployment, but the support that I had throughout the deployment of the project wasn't the best."
"There are latency issues with the solution. They are small, however, they are there when you compare it to other vendors."
"We would like to extend the SASE applications for Zscaler."
"More on-prem infrastructure is required when Zscaler Private Access is to be implemented as a single point of entry."
"Zscaler Private Access needs to improve its collaboration with applications without compromising security."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"F5 pricing is too high, compared to Citrix."
"The price is high."
"It's fair, it's not too expensive. Maybe just a little high."
"Purchasing through the AWS Marketplace was good. We chose to go through the AWS Marketplace because everything that we needed was a soft appliance. We needed something to work in Amazon, and this product was available there."
"If your IT budget is good, go for it."
"Security should be involved in any base license. When you bring on F5, you only have default license. Then, the ASM product license has to be purchased. It would be great if F5 could include the ASM in the base license."
"Compared to using open-source products, the prices are not cheap."
"The price should be reduced because it is expensive when compared to the competition."
"Zscaler Private Access can be an expensive solution, depending on the license type you will purchase."
"Zscaler SASE software is quite expensive compared to other solutions"
"The pricing is quite high, especially when it comes to the gateway."
"The price is competitive."
"Zscaler Private Access is extremely expensive."
"My company is a Zscaler Private Access partner, so the customers pay for the license fees."
"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."
"The pricing is expensive and on the higher end. Honestly, in my opinion, it is not worth the price."
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Top Industries

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Financial Services Firm
Computer Software Company
Manufacturing Company
Computer Software Company
Financial Services Firm
Manufacturing Company

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Questions from the Community

What do you like most about F5 BIG-IP?
The support from F5 BIG-IP LTM is good.
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for F5 BIG-IP?
There are a few licensing options available for F5 BIG-IP LTM. You can have a perpetual license which is a lifetime license. You then only need to renew the support, if you choose to open a ticket ...
What needs improvement with F5 BIG-IP?
In the LTM solution, it would be beneficial to have more algorithms for traffic segmentation or the ability to create user-defined algorithms rather than being restricted to predefined ones.
What is the better solution - Prisma Access or Zscaler Private Access?
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 cloud-deliver...
What do you like most about Zscaler SASE?
The most valuable features of Zscaler Private Access are reliability, scalability, and availability.
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Zscaler SASE?
Zscaler SASE is quite expensive compared to other solutions. The price is not fixed and it does not include all of the features, so my advice for organizations would be to evaluate their specific n...

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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Sample Customers

Riken, TransUnion, Tepco Systems Administration, Daejeon University, G&T Bank, Danamon, CyberAgent Inc.
Siemens, AutoNation, GE, NOV
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