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2019-06-26T05:25:00Z
Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Delivery Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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What advice do you have for others considering F5 Advanced WAF?

If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering F5 Advanced WAF, what would you say?

How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?

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28 Answers
FF
Territory Manager at a computer software company with 51-200 employees
Reseller
Top 20
2022-07-27T14:32:45Z
27 July 22

I can recommend F5 Advanced WAF to any customer because we have experience, and referrals from customers using it within different models. If it comes to WAF, LTM, or whatever. I'm very happy to sell it because it is one of the leading vendors within its line. Our customers within the financial market, such as banking organizations, are very happy with it. I rate F5 Advanced WAF a nine out of ten.

Quoc Nguyen - PeerSpot reviewer
F5 Product Manager at Westcon-Comstor
Reseller
Top 20
2022-06-28T15:50:00Z
28 June 22

Overall, I would rate F5 Advanced WAF an eight out of ten overall.

AN
Information Security Specialist at a computer software company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 20
2022-06-15T05:40:02Z
15 June 22

I rate F5 Advanced WAF an eight out of ten.

Richard Polyak - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. Architect Individual Contributor at a media company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2022-06-12T10:15:05Z
12 June 22

My advice to others would be to define the parameters well in the beginning, and then they will be fine. They could define it as a regular canned solution and go from there, instead of working it as not a canned solution. Define the environment and what you need to protect, that way you can build a base protection profile that you could deploy elsewhere instead of building the policy to the environment first because then customizing cannot be deployed easily. I rate F5 Advanced WAF an eight out of ten.

GM
SOC Analyst at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
2022-05-11T16:17:00Z
11 May 22

On the initial engagement, you should try to look on how best you can accommodate the quick support features, as this was a big struggle for us. Overall, I would rate F5 Advanced WAF an eight out of ten.

ST
Head Of Information Security (CISO) at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
2022-02-03T17:01:00Z
03 February 22

When you choose to go with F5, be sure to size your box properly so that the capacity is taken care of. From there, you will be able to easily configure the platform to provide you with a lot of value. Overall, I would rate the solution a seven out of ten.

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WA
Product Manager at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
2022-01-14T12:01:31Z
14 January 22

I work with F5 Advanced WAF (Web Application Firewall). It's hardware-based and VM-based. We are a partner of F5 as a technology vendor. Deployment of this solution could either be on-premises, via cloud, or both. F5 and VMware has a partnership, so our infrastructure is based on the VMware environment which comes with the F5 capabilities for the WAF. The technology is evolving every day and vendors are doing well. Each technology has its pros and cons, and it will take a long time to discuss areas for improvement. One of the issues of this solution is that it is complex. How long deployment will take will depend on the customer's environment and use cases. Maintenance of this solution requires patching the vendor update which is most important for product maintenance or solution maintenance, and doing monitoring for availability and performance. F5 Advanced WAF works among all segmentations and all market size: small, medium, or large companies. However, I am seeing based on my experience, that Fortinet's WAF technology: FortiWeb, is now doing much better than F5. Fortinet is doing much better in all aspects: in the protection itself, user-friendliness, threat intelligence, etc. The capabilities of FortiWeb is doing good in the market. Both pricing and delivery models are also more competitive than F5 Advanced WAF's. My advice to future customers of F5 Advanced WAF or to people thinking of using it is that there is a much better product in the market. One of the better products is Fortinet (FortiWeb). I'm rating this solution a six out of ten.

MA
Security Technical Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5
2021-11-23T21:11:33Z
23 November 21

I would recommend this solution to others that are satisfied with the load balancer provided. If not then they could go to another solution with different load balancers for their needs. I rate F5 Advanced WAF a nine out of ten.

NI
Deputy Manager at Saraswat Bank
Real User
2021-09-07T13:03:36Z
07 September 21

This is a good solution, it's very useful and offers easy application management, which is good to have at the perimeter level. It provides good security against threats and attacks. From a security point of view, I rate the solution eight out of 10.

HN
Solutions Specialist at FPT
Real User
Top 20
2021-07-30T00:07:57Z
30 July 21

I am not sure about recommending solutions. I would rate F5 Advance WAF a nine out of ten.

IK
Security Expert at a aerospace/defense firm with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5
2021-05-20T14:49:22Z
20 May 21

I would recommend this solution to other users. I will advise others to learn a little bit about how the HTTP protocol works. They should be familiar with the functionality of the product. They should not use it without understanding what they are actually doing. I would rate F5 Advanced WAF a nine out of ten.

MK
Key account manager
Real User
Top 10
2021-04-20T13:09:45Z
20 April 21

I am currently working on a B2C channel, which is more for retail companies. I have also been working with Apple company for a little bit more than a month. I am working with all-in-one products with all services included. I would recommend this solution to others who are interested in using it. It's not popular in our country but it's unique in itself. There are some segments that became more important on a regular basis, especially for large companies and enterprise segments. It's a secure product. I would rate F5 Advanced WAF an eight out of ten.

Priyesh MP - PeerSpot reviewer
Solution Architect at Softcell Technologies Limited
Real User
Top 5
2020-11-04T16:20:44Z
04 November 20

I would recommend this solution because it is overall a very good solution. As a company, they are very established and stable, and they have a long legacy in the industry. They have been there in the industry for a long time. On top of that, they have very good solutions. They can just improve their offerings and marketing in terms of the new rebranding. I would rate F5 Advanced WAF an eight out of ten.

Georges Samaha - PeerSpot reviewer
Security Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Reseller
Top 5
2020-10-11T08:59:00Z
11 October 20

We're an integrator. We have a big customer base, therefore we always have to be up to date with the latest versions. We feed to constantly look at things so that we know the new features. I highly recommend the solution to other companies. F5 has a huge portfolio of plug-ins. You can add it to the top of the web. On the same appliance, you can have your balancer, you can have your application authentication, and those things that turn on. You can have multiple other features on the same hardware. It is definitely a technology that adapts. I can use the application in different ways beyond just security. On a scale from one to ten, I'd rate it at a perfect ten.

ZN
Executive Director IT Security at a printing company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
2020-09-21T06:33:20Z
21 September 20

Advice that I would give to people considering F5 WAF is to look at and consider other products as well. They have to make sure they know what they are getting into. That is key to finding the right solution. I think WAF requires a lot of time and patience as well as an understanding of your applications in order to make the best use of its capabilities. On a scale from one to ten (where one is the worst and ten is the best), I would rate the F5 Advanced WAF as a solid eight-out-of-ten.

Jamshaid Dayar - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
2020-08-02T08:16:00Z
02 August 20

My advice is that if you need a web application firewall you should go for F5. It is one of the best solutions in the past six or seven years. F5 has been the leader in this field. It's a stable solution. One just has to decide their organization's goals in the beginning for the next five years or so. Because if they wrongly select the hardware module, they cannot do the scalability if they want to add a number of modules in the future. So selecting the product should be done with great care. Otherwise, I guess it's okay. If you want a good web application firewall go for F5. On a scale of one to ten, I would rate F5 Advanced WAF a nine.

YA
Senior Technical Specialist | Cloud Platforms at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
2020-08-02T08:16:00Z
02 August 20

If I would compare F5 with other solutions, the main differences are the support and the stability of the code, it has fewer bugs. For on-premises deployments I would recommend F5, but for the cloud, it would be questionable. I would rate this solution a seven of ten.

AA
Head of IT Security at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
Real User
2020-05-07T05:03:34Z
07 May 20

I would rate this product an eight out of 10.

SM
Technical Team Leader at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Real User
2019-09-24T05:43:00Z
24 September 19

My advice to anybody who is considering this solution is to have clarity with respect to their own scenario, or application. They have to know what they are expecting out of this deployment. As the system integrator, I may not be sure about the client's applications or how they work internally, so I have to rely on them. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

Shiran Cohen - PeerSpot reviewer
Cyber & Security Application Delivery Expert at Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Consultant
2019-09-23T06:34:00Z
23 September 19

We're using several versions of the solution; anything between versions 12 to 14. I would recommend the solution. It's the best option for WAF, at least in the last year or so. I would rate the solution ten out of ten.

GD
User at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2019-09-19T08:39:00Z
19 September 19

I would want to use ASM, or Area Security Manager, which I would rate as seven of ten. That offers lending passability, where the device should be able to lend or call the application and know the component of an application.

Hillary Ugwuanyi - PeerSpot reviewer
Head IT Infrasrtucture at ActivEdge
Real User
2019-09-05T16:30:00Z
05 September 19

We currently deal with the on-premises deployment model. I would recommend the solution for use as an efficient firewall. Security is a complex thing, however, and I would advise others to use multiple vendors for different layers. I would rate the solution ten out of ten.

YT
IT Engineer at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
Reseller
2019-09-02T06:55:00Z
02 September 19

I definitely recommend this solution because of the time you save on analysis. It is a stable program and you get additional features. The more you work on it, the more features you discover. I rate this solution ten out of ten.

Shiran Cohen - PeerSpot reviewer
Cyber & Security Application Delivery Expert at Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Consultant
2019-06-27T08:13:00Z
27 June 19

I would recommend this solution. It would be the best solution for WAF. I think the dashboard can be improved. When you move from the policy to policy, the logs and the integration of the logs are without a system. Maybe make it like other SIEM systems and system servers like Splunk. They do have a lot of training videos and manuals. This helps. But not really about integration or feature improvement. I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.

PM
Security Specialist at a energy/utilities company with 51-200 employees
Real User
2019-06-26T05:25:00Z
26 June 19

I will rate the product a nine out of ten.

RT
Senior Network Engineer at PECCO
Real User
2019-06-26T05:25:00Z
26 June 19

I would rate the solution 8 out of 10. We are concerned about the other factors but it's actually not F5 company's fault. The pricing is really high here right now because of the dollar rate but it has nothing to do with the F5, it's because of the sanctions I imagine. At the moment it's a really expensive solution for us, not only F5 but the other appliances. If I went to another company, and the other company hired me, I would suggest they use this device. Although we don't have a lot of options to choose from around here.

Georges Samaha - PeerSpot reviewer
Security Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Reseller
Top 5
2019-06-26T05:25:00Z
26 June 19

We are a partner for F5, or a system integrator, not the client. So we do the implementation for other companies. I've been working with F5 for more than 10 years, so I know them very well. I like them because I like the security solution. They get extra marks compared to other solutions or competitors. There are more features than any other product I can think of. They're always monitoring, and the security features offer more than other, lesser products. I would rate this solution 10 out of 10.

OS
Senior Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
2019-06-26T05:25:00Z
26 June 19

My advice is to recommend F5 Advanced WAF for use. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would rate F5 Advanced WAF a nine.

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