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Attribute Ratings

  • Azure CDN is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating
  • F5 BIG-IP is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.3

Azure CDN

83%
6 Ratings
8.4

BIG-IP

84%
12 Ratings

Usability

Azure CDN

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

BIG-IP

90%
1 Rating

Support Rating

8.0

Azure CDN

80%
2 Ratings
7.7

BIG-IP

77%
7 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Microsoft

If you are looking for a secure, easy to manage, solution to store and distribute your content around the US and/or world, the Azure CDN may be the right solution. The only thing I would caution users on is that once your content is published and distributed it cannot be easily refreshed on the endpoints. Instead, you are at the mercy of the default time to live when the content was first uploaded.
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F5

Again, protection of enterprise data via VPN solution can be easily achieved with BIG IP. Despite its shortcomings, it has been very reliable as I use it daily to acess the coporate websites and do my work. I can imagine getting frustrated if the connection is not stable . Thankfully, Big IP is a very stable VPN client.
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Pros

Microsoft

  • New websites can be boosted up quickly
  • Easily scalable according to our performance requirements
  • Easy integration with other Azure services
  • You only pay for what you need
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F5

  • Easy connection: you can connect to your corporate network with two clicks.
  • IP restriction: F5 has a list of possible insecure IP numbers, if someone tries to connect using one of these numbers, F5 BIG-IP won't connect.
  • Always on feature: Very handy feature, if you install always on, you won't need to click connect.
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Cons

Microsoft

  • For the longest time they didn't have a robust SDK. They have one now, but it could be better.
  • The different flavors of Azure CDN (Akamai, Verizon, etc) have different costs, but not well differentiated features. Might be confusing to new users.
  • I'm not overly familiar with it, but AWS does have a programmability in their CDN offering (Lambda @ Edge) and Azure doesn't seem to have an equivalent (Azure Functions is region-specific).
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F5

  • The appliance had power supply problems, replaced 2 over the 5 years, $3000 each
  • The appliance as a hardware device had no support 2 years after we bought them, moved to virtual
  • Requires F5 knowledge, their terminology and way of doing things needs training
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Pricing Details

Azure CDN

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Azure CDN editions and modules pricing
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Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    BIG-IP

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    BIG-IP editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Usability

      Microsoft

      No answers on this topic

      F5

      Great customization and easy to use help reference menus
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      Support Rating

      Microsoft

      Great support from the team whenever we're stuck. Very proactive in resolving issues and also making changes as per the requirements of the organization.
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      F5

      On the occasions when we've had to engage f5 support, they have been great. They have always resolved our issues quickly and been easy to work with and professional. The reason I give them a 10 out of 10, however, is because when we've had issues that have crossed over between the f5 BIG-IP, our Cisco switches, and our Microsoft IIS server the f5 support representatives have been extremely knowledgeable about every product and device involved and have been able to troubleshoot end-to-end without having to engage other vendors.
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      Alternatives Considered

      Microsoft

      More user friendly and it’s so easy to learn, the prices may be close to each other, but the service is excellent.
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      F5

      I can't recall the name of the previous software we used for remote intranet access, but it was much less reliable. F5 BIG-IP is consistent and easy to use--the authentication process happens quickly and reliably via my cell phone's facial recognition feature which is convenient and secure. No need to carry a key fob or enter a verification code. The previous software required email codes be sent and entered to verify access.
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      Return on Investment

      Microsoft

      • Azure CDN reduced origin instance load by removing the need to constantly serve large numbers of static files, meaning applications can be deployed with smaller/fewer instances.
      • Azure CDN reduces apparent load times to customers by serving cached files out of POPs in the local region of those clients, instead of requiring those clients to make multiple, lengthy requests through to the origin servers.
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      F5

      • Load balancing is a requirement in most serious web environments, and this allows us to keep sites up and running in the event of partial server outages.
      • Keeping sites extra secured with the advanced security and routing features is a plus.
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