F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) Valuable Features

AC
Senior Technical Consultant at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees

For load balancing, for related solutioning, it is user-friendly. We have a good knowledge base over the F5 knowledge base. 

The stability is good.

The solution is scalable.

Technical support and documentation are excellent. 

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KV
Principle Architect (retired recently) at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

The F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager features I find the most valuable are the load balancing, the rest of the cell offload capabilities, and some of their security future capabilities.

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KO
Network Engineer at a media company with 1,001-5,000 employees

We are using almost all of the features. What we like best about this solution is its stability. It is extremely stable.

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F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM)
December 2022
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Sanja Rakic - PeerSpot reviewer
Security Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

I am very satisfied with the product overall. 

There is never a big number of false positives or false negatives. That's the most valuable aspect of the product. 

The solution is very easy to use and easy to understand. It's quite an intuitive system.

The user interface and GUI are very good.

I find the product to be very stable. I've supported customers for two years and haven't really had an issue with the solution.

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JO
Senior Network Engineer at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees

The load balancing function, the monitors that you can create, and iRules programmability are most valuable.

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LM
Sr. Network Engineer at a computer software company with 201-500 employees

F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) is very easy to use, from SSL Management to enabling, disabling loads, applications, systems, and monitoring. Overall the solution keeps our application functional from a client's perspective 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We have rules that are set up to detect if any part of the application in one of the nodes is not functioning correctly, having a problem, or is experiencing any sort of error, it will automatically pull it out of the load balance bundle and alerts somebody to go take action and at the address. This means our clients are happy because they are not receiving strange errors because somebody's typed something somewhere incorrectly and we are happy because our uptime is reliable.

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NH
CTO at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

The main reason that we suggest this product to our clients is the great integration with other security tools, such as IBM Guardium. 

This product is very user-friendly, which is good for customers who have an implementation done by a partner but want to handle administration in-house.

All of the functionality can be achieved from one console.

Even on Hyper-V or a VMware appliance, the performance is very good when you use it as a proxy or a web application.

The documentation is very good.

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KO
Network Engineer at a media company with 1,001-5,000 employees

Our deployment is not very complicated, from my point of view. The HTTP and HTTPS load balancing mechanisms are the core functionality for me. I have done things like created new virtual servers, changed the load balancing, and looked at statistics, but I have not looked into the security features, API gateways, and other features because that is the responsibility of other departments. As a pure network engineer, I think the box is performing very well.

I've worked a little bit with iRules and it is amazing. As long as you know what you're doing, it does everything you want it to do.

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MC
Chief Information Officer at a computer software company with 11-50 employees

The performance of the product is great. 

We enjoy its overall ease of use.

It's relatively easy to configure. There's a certain level of fine-grain configurations that you can perform.

The solution is very stable.

We've found the product to be quite scalable.

The initial setup is very straightforward. 

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MM
Lead Network Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

F5 BIG IP is a rock-solid solution. It's a very good solution.

I am very satisfied with the quality of this product.

There is a lot of documentation available.

I'm not very familiar with the services pattern. I am still exploring the features of this solution.

I am just working with a single application, which we need to publish. I don't know how many services they are using, and what kind of services they operate.

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KS
Senior Security Specialist at Tech Mahindra Limited

There are a lot of good things this solution has, including:

The LTM module helps to load balance the traffic among the internal web server in our case using round robin and least connection method.

The ASM module prevents web attacks and protects our web servers.

The irule feature is used to write these irules to redirect the traffic or sometimes prevent automated attacks such as through BOTs where the distinction between real and fake users becomes increasingly tricky.

Its virtual servers have the option to configure other things to increase the speed of serving requests like the use of a persistence profile.

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OD
Design and Conception Engineer at SFR

I am happy with most of the features made available to us through BIG-IP's software and I enjoy using the interfaces (dashboards, etc.). 

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MK
Channel Development Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

For BIG-IP, I think the most requested functionality is its NetFlow balancing and traffic balancing, as well as its secure access and its optimization of access to applications. The solution is the most requested by our customers, so it's an important direction for our business.

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Richard Polyak - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. Architect Individual Contributor at a media company with 10,001+ employees

The feature I find the most valuable is the support infrastructure.

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YA
Co-Founder and CEO at PT Eugenea Kreasi Utama

The most valuable feature of this solution is IP Intelligence.

It is very powerful and has good performance. It meets our requirements.

The features included are more than enough.

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ST
Director at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees

iRules are very valuable. In addition to that, the way profiles are depicted by the LTM is also very good.

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KN
Service Delivery Engineer - Network Security Lead at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The web application firewall feature is the most valuable and useful feature. It is a leading industry product when it comes to load balancing.

Its user interface is very simple. There isn't a steep learning curve. When we initiate someone to F5, they start using it quickly.

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SaurabhPal - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Specialist - Network & Security at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

The load balancing is very good.

The tech support is helpful and knowledgeable.

Everything is okay within the solution. It works well.

The product offers pretty good security.

The solution is easy to install. It's a straightforward process.

The interface is excellent.

We've found the product overall to be simple and easy to use.

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Nirav_Shah - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Solutions Architect at MindTree

The capability is at a seven or eight out of ten.

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YU
Security Consultant at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

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.

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AR
Sr. SAP Portfolio Architect at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees

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.

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Rana Mohamed - PeerSpot reviewer
Product Manager at MCS

Bandwidth optimization and capacity awareness of the bandwidth are valuable features. Its video streaming capabilities are also very useful.

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KL
Head of Presales at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees

BIG-IP LTM's most valuable feature is that it allows you to seamlessly add more servers without impacting your application's configuration. It's also very flexible because you can use iRules to manipulate the traffic.

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Priyesh MP - PeerSpot reviewer
Solution Architect at Softcell Technologies Limited

It is a stable product from a stable company. Recently, they have been more focused on security as well.

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PradeepKumar11 - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The most valuable feature is customization.

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UzochikwaEnunwa - PeerSpot reviewer
Enterprise architect at Kyndryl

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.

It also provides lower latency.

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SM
Specialist in Communication and Network Security at a security firm with 11-50 employees

The iRule feature is very useful for inspecting HTTP. Sometimes, we use it for modifying the headers of the HTTP.

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Satish Agarwal - PeerSpot reviewer
Lead Engineer at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

As an IT developer, mostly I use load balancing for the traffic. Currently, it's distributing the load perfectly, as per my understanding of our requirements.

It's definitely scalable and is stable as well.

The initial setup is not complex, and the technical support is fine.

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CS
Associate CSA at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees

Its user interface is very easy to use on a day-to-day basis. It is very user-friendly.

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Hilman Gunawan - PeerSpot reviewer
System Engineer at PT Nusantara Compnet Integrator

The most valuable feature of the F5 BIG-IP LTM solution is load balancing.

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Oren Dror - PeerSpot reviewer
Security IT Manager at IFAT Group

The security on offer from the solution is very good.

The stability is excellent.

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MufeedSiaj - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Security Presales Engineer at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees

The multi-data center is perfect.

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AhmedIsmael - PeerSpot reviewer
Network & Telecom Manager at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees

It is stable.

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TB
Solutions Architect - Telecom & Network Infrastructure at a non-tech company with 501-1,000 employees

The load balancing aspect is valuable to us. 

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SB
Senior IT Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The most valuable features are the WAF and the big IP.

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JM
Technology Analyst at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

One of the best features of the solution is the operating system. Additionally, it is easy to use and has plenty of features.

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Buyer's Guide
F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM)
December 2022
Learn what your peers think about F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM). Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: December 2022.
656,862 professionals have used our research since 2012.