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F5 BIG-IP DNS is the #4 ranked solution in top Domain Name System (DNS) Security tools. PeerSpot users give F5 BIG-IP DNS an average rating of 8.4 out of 10. F5 BIG-IP DNS is most commonly compared to Infoblox Advanced DNS Protection: F5 BIG-IP DNS vs Infoblox Advanced DNS Protection. F5 BIG-IP DNS is popular among the large enterprise segment, accounting for 62% of users researching this solution on PeerSpot. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 18% of all views.
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What is F5 BIG-IP DNS?

F5® BIG-IP® DNS distributes DNS and user application requests based on business policies, data center and cloud service conditions, user location, and application performance. BIG-IP DNS is commonly configured as a full proxy to provide global server load balancing (GSLB) for applications and DNS across architectures, and across the globe.

The BIG-IP platform delivers DNS services with visibility, reporting, and analysis; scales and secures DNS responses geographically to survive increased traffic or threats; delivers a real-time DNSSEC solution; designed to provide availability of global applications in all cloud environments.

F5 BIG-IP DNS was previously known as F5 BIG-IP DNS, F5 DNS Delivery.

F5 BIG-IP DNS Customers

Ricacorp Properties, Bangladesh Post Office, Shawbrook Bank, Shinsegae Internet Duty Free

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F5 BIG-IP DNS Pricing Advice

What users are saying about F5 BIG-IP DNS pricing:
  • "They are competitively priced."
  • "In some cases, it is expensive."
  • "Cost is a factor. It is really costly."
  • "The on-prem version is only available on a yearly license, but the cloud version can be paid for on a day-by-day basis."
  • "BIG-IP DNS is more expensive than its competitors like Citrix, but it gives good value for money."
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    John Edwards - PeerSpot reviewer
    Manager Cyber Security at Dept. of the Premier and Cabinet
    Real User
    Top 5
    Rock-solid solution in terms of stability with great tech support
    Pros and Cons
    • "F5 BIG-IP DNS has been rock solid in terms of stability for years."
    • "It would be great to see a F5 BIG-IP DNS cloud version. What we within the Australian government are looking at doing is utilizing a secured DNS service much the same as the English GCHQ version of their protected DNS service."

    What is our primary use case?

    One of our primary use cases for F5 BIG-IP DNS is local traffic management. We also use the LTM module, application services, load balancer, and advanced firewall. F5 BIG-IP DNS is a secure web gateway. 

    What needs improvement?

    It would be great to see a F5 BIG-IP DNS cloud version. What we within the Australian government are looking at doing is utilizing a secured DNS service much the same as the English GCHQ version of their protected DNS service. That's a fully-managed external platform and it's used by multiple government agencies, so we get a better holistic view of all malicious DNS traffic that is occurring. 

    For how long have I used the solution?

    We have been using F5 BIG-IP DNS for about six years, although we are looking at migrating off to a central government-provided DNS upstream service. We are doing this because we have adopted a cloud-only policy. 

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    F5 BIG-IP DNS has been rock solid in terms of stability for years. 

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    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    We have not had to scale it much as our internal infrastructure was small. We have 1,000 individuals using F5 BIG-IP DNS. 

    How are customer service and support?

    The tech support is always great. 

    How would you rate customer service and support?

    Positive

    How was the initial setup?

    It took us about six months to get it all bolted down and working as we expected it to. It was relatively simple for us to launch. 

    What about the implementation team?

    We received a bit of external support from F5 – from one of the channel partners here in Western Australia, but it was relatively simple to turn on in-house. 

    Moreover, once we set it up, the ongoing maintenance turned out to be relatively small.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    One a scale of one to five, with one being expensive and five being adequately priced, I would give this solution a four. However, the solution we are migrating to is free. 

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    We did not evaluate other options because when we picked up the BIG-IP package, we wanted to implement a number of things, and DNS is a bonus blade that we picked up. Therefore, we didn't do a full evaluation because what we were buying for was more like ASM module and the load balancing features out of that BIG-IP box. We just picked up DNS as a subsequent bonus.

    What other advice do I have?

    On a scale of one to ten, with one being the worst and ten being the best, I would give F5 BIG-IP DNS an eight as a solution overall. 

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
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    SRI GANESH  PHANIYAPPA - PeerSpot reviewer
    Sub Divisional Engineer NOC Bangalore at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
    Real User
    Reasonably priced, feature-rich, with responsive and knowledgeable technical support
    Pros and Cons
    • "The security features, DDoS mitigation facilities, and SQL configuration are the most valuable aspects of this solution."
    • "CNC (control and command) communication would be beneficial. We would like to have control and command blocking to prevent visiting malicious websites."

    What is our primary use case?

    For caching purposes, we use F5 BIG-IP DNS.

    What is most valuable?

    The security features, DDoS mitigation facilities, and SQL configuration are the most valuable aspects of this solution.

    The data mitigation is very good.

    What needs improvement?

    They only have a few sub-vendors, but competition for the reduced-price listing has increased. 

    This one requires a few more vendors who can join the F5 network. 

    In my opinion, brand recognition can be increased. I would like them to focus on marketing and brand awareness.

    In India, for example, the product is not well known, and it is difficult to find F5 partners or vendors.

    It's not widely known.

    The weakness is that extensive training is required to hire the people who need to work on the project. Training is only part of it, the other is marketing, where and whom to approach.

    I would like them to concentrate on training sessions or educational webinars to educate the users and customers.

    We are only trained after we have installed it. The training was provided during the deployment.

    The main point is that intelligence will be infused into this panel. The product server is prevented from accessing a malicious server site. CNC (control and command) communication would be beneficial.

    We would like to have control and command blocking to prevent visiting malicious websites.

    We would like them to have a prevention feature included, to prevent them from visiting these websites.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    We have been using F5 BIG-IP DNS for three or four years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    F5 BIG-IP DNS is a stable solution.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    F5 BIG-IP DNS is a scalable product.

    How are customer service and support?

    Technical support is quick to respond and knowledgeable.

    I would rate the technical support a three or four out of five.

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    We are not using any other products. We are only using F5 BIG-IP DNS.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup was straightforward.

    I would rate the initial setup a three or four out of five.

    We have preventive maintenance every six months. We have a team of two people to maintain this solution.

    What about the implementation team?

    We had assistance from a third-party consultant.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    They are competitively priced.

    I would rate the price a four out of five. I don't have any issues with the pricing.

    What other advice do I have?

    I would rate F5 BIG-IP DNS a nine out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
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    System Engeneer at CROC
    Real User
    Top 5Leaderboard
    Secure, powerful load-balancing capabilities, and offers packet parsing functionality
    Pros and Cons
    • "F5 provides us with a mechanism to accomplish complex product balancing."
    • "I would like to see more marketing documentation, rather than technical documentation."

    What is our primary use case?

    F5 BIG-IP DNS is used for global load balancing.

    What is most valuable?

    F5 provides us with a mechanism to accomplish complex product balancing.

    What needs improvement?

    Hand management and working with rules are two areas that need to be improved.

    It would be beneficial to have information and categorize it for licensing, features, and what is included in which license. I would like to see more marketing documentation, rather than technical documentation.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been working with F5 BIG-IP DNS for five years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    F5 BIG-IP DNS is more stable than Loadbalancer and Citrix.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    F5 BIG-IP DNS is easy to scale. I don't have any issues with the scalability of F5 BIG-IP DNS.

    How are customer service and support?

    If I am not mistaken, I don't have any support cases.

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    I have experience with Citrix, Kemp, Barracuda, Cisco, Loadbalancer.org, and NGINX.

    I  use LTM, and my colleagues have set up an access manager, DNS, and other security features. LTM is used for local load balancing.

    In most cases, I work with ADC and my colleagues work with the security, we divide the work.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup varies depending on the scenario. Generally, it requires some knowledge.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    In some cases, it is expensive. F5 BIG-IP DNS doesn't provide the best prices for new or small customers.

    What other advice do I have?

    We recommend it for customers who have complex product balancing requirements. For example, if a customer needs to parse network packets and needs to change them. 

    We are partners with both F5 BIG-IP and Loadbalancer.org.

    I would rate F5 BIG-IP DNS an eight out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Hybrid Cloud
    Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: partner
    PeerSpot user
    Head of Infrastructure division at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
    Real User
    A complex yet powerful solution
    Pros and Cons
    • "F5 BIG-IP DNS is useful, depending on how you use it."
    • "I would like to see the login facilities improved, as well as more troubleshooting."

    What is our primary use case?

    We are using the latest version of FS BIG-IP. We use the solution for classic reverse proxy authentication. We have approximately 800 internal staff and 2,000 external customers using the solution.

    What is most valuable?

    F5 BIG-IP DNS is useful, depending on how you use it. Once you write to it, you can do anything you want from it, making it a very powerful solution.

    What needs improvement?

    The solution is complicated to use. It is difficult to write to. F5 BIG-IP DNS is powerful but challenging to use.

    I would like to see the login facilities improved, as well as more troubleshooting.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been working with F5 BIG-IP DNS for two and a half years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The solution is stable.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    I have not scaled F5 BIG-IP, it is only a single-box solution.

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    Prior to using F5 BIG-IP, we used PMG. We switched because PMG was at end of life.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial set up of F5 BIG-IP DNS is complex. It took approximately six months to deploy.

    What about the implementation team?

    We implemented the solution through consultants. We are still using the consultants, so we will need to add someone to our team to handle future deployment and maintenance.

    What other advice do I have?

    Anyone deciding to implement F5 BIG-IP DNS should be aware that it is a complex and powerful product.

    I would rate this solution an 8 out of 10.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
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    PeerSpot user
    Sr. Technical Specialist at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
    Real User
    Top 10
    Secure, easy to administer, and the speed of operations is good

    What is our primary use case?

    Our primary use case is DNS security.

    What is most valuable?

    The most valuable features are DNS security and the speed of operations.

    It is easy to administer.

    What needs improvement?

    Pricing could be reduced.

    Scalability is a concern, it could be improved.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been working with F5 DNS Delivery for approximately two and a half years.

    We are working with version 13.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    It's a very stable device.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    It is not highly scalable because it's an appliance.

    Scalability is a concern, and it needs improvement.

    Most of the people in our company are using this solution.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    Technical support is good. I would rate them an eight out of ten.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is straightforward. It is easy to set up.

    We have a group of 15 administrators to maintain this solution.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    Cost is a factor. It is really costly.

    Price is an area that can be improved.

    What other advice do I have?

    It's a good solution, I would recommend using this solution.

    I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

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    Onur Pinargozu - PeerSpot reviewer
    Network & Security Specialist at Infrasis
    Real User
    Top 5Leaderboard
    Excellent DNS monitoring and global service load balancing

    What is our primary use case?

    I mainly use BIG-IP DNS to create business recovery scenarios.

    What is most valuable?

    BIG-IP DNS's best features are DNS monitoring and global service load balancing.

    What needs improvement?

    The initial setup could be easier.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've been using BIG-IP DNS for four and a half years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    BIG-IP DNS is stable.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    BIG-IP DNS is scalable.

    How are customer service and support?

    I'm not happy with F5's technical support.

    How would you rate customer service and support?

    Neutral

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup was complex.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    The on-prem version is only available on a yearly license, but the cloud version can be paid for on a day-by-day basis.

    What other advice do I have?

    BIG-IP DNS is easy to deploy as you can just log in to F5 and request free trial licenses, and the Virtual Edition can be deployed on public and on-prem cloud. I would rate BIG-IP DNS nine out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
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    PhanTuan-Loi - PeerSpot reviewer
    Information Security Specialist at TCB
    Real User
    Top 20
    Good value for money and great traffic management

    What is our primary use case?

    I use BIG-IP DNS to replace our DNS servers.

    What is most valuable?

    BIG-IP DNS's best feature is the Global Traffic Manager (GTM).

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've been working with BIG-IP DNS for six to eight years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    BIG-IP DNS is stable.

    How are customer service and support?

    F5's technical support responds a little slowly.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup was easy and took around two days.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    BIG-IP DNS is more expensive than its competitors like Citrix, but it gives good value for money.

    What other advice do I have?

    I would give BIG-IP DNS a rating of nine out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Hybrid Cloud
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