Azure Traffic Manager vs. F5 on IBM Cloud

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Azure Traffic Manager
Score 9.5 out of 10
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Microsoft's Azure Traffic Manager operates at the DNS layer to quickly and efficiently direct incoming DNS requests based on the routing method of your choice.N/A
F5 on IBM Cloud
Score 8.3 out of 10
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F5 on IBM Cloud lets you see and control all traffic passing through your network. F5’s highly scalable, resilient and reusable services dynamically adapt to ensure application availability, performance and security.N/A
Pricing
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Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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User Ratings
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User Testimonials
Azure Traffic ManagerF5 on IBM Cloud
Likelihood to Recommend
Microsoft
Azure Traffic Manager is a great product, if you have multiple sites hosting similar services (Primary and DR), and you want to ensure that users are directed to the DR in case of a primary datacenter failure, [Azure] Traffic Manager does this very nicely. If you have a service hosted across multiple regions/datacenters and you want to balance the inbound load between the regions, [Azure] Traffic Manager does this very well, of course such scenario would require a database replication or something like Cosmos-DB in the backend [Azure Traffic Manager] is also well suited for inbound traffic with multiple IPs, you can fail-over traffic from one inbound IP to another based on its availability, or if you have multiple internet connections that you want to balance the load across, it does this pretty nicely too.
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IBM
F5 on IBM Cloud has efficient ways to manage traffic, both local and that from the international sources. Besides, the firewall evaluations and management is handled by the program. F5 on IBM Cloud has a well designed virtual machine configuration, following both small and the largest templates for efficiency. The network configuration and monitoring is also deployed in the program.
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Pros
Microsoft
  • Performance DNS Load Balancing for Lowest Latency Endpoint to Clients
  • Priority-Based DNS Load Balancing to ensure maximum up time for a service
  • Geographic-based DNS Load Balancing to force certain clients in certain regions to connect to specific endpoints
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IBM
  • F5 on IBM Cloud has application security features.
  • Besides, the extensive local traffic management from the application is efficient.
  • Lastly, the program acts as an advanced firewall managing tool.
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Cons
Microsoft
  • Traffic View is a great feature, but doesn't work very well, sometimes it gets stuck and stops loading traffic view data
  • Automatic probing for endpoints sometimes gets stuck too, I would recommend a technique to test the endpoint in real time from Azure Portal
  • Traffic View heatmap is buggy and doesn't point correctly to locations
  • Traffic View portal doesn't show source countries (Shows coordinates) it would be much more helpful to have coordinates auto-translated to geolocations/countries
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IBM
  • F5 on IBM Cloud is a virtual edition, which is technical.
  • The subscription fee is extensive and expensive.
  • F5 on IBM Cloud configuration process requires an expertise.
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Alternatives Considered
Microsoft
Amazon Route 53 Traffic Flow does what [Azure] Traffic Manager does, however, in Azure Configuration is separated between Azure DNS Zones (For DNS Zone Management) and [Azure] Traffic Manager for DNS Traffic Management and Load Balancing, Route 53 in a unified product for DNS Traffic Management using Traffic Flow and DNS Zone Management. Route 53 does a great job, however, we found it to be a little bit more complex to setup than [Azure] Traffic Manager, Setting up traffic manager is pretty easy even for the first time, and getting the best out of it is relatively simple.
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IBM
F5 on IBM Cloud is substantially competent in managing traffic, through network configuration and monitoring. The presence of a software security manager also suits the program for stability and confidence. Besides, F5 on IBM Cloud has an infrastructure management feature, which deals with storage, network, and the general hardware that supports systems.
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Return on Investment
Microsoft
  • Service cost is exceptionally low
  • Overall, this product saves a lot of money for the value it provides and it isn't expensive
  • It's around half a dollar per million queries, which is truly peanuts, extras may be required if you do advanced configuration
  • I can't see any reason why any business wouldn't be using this product, very low investment for a very high return and savings
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IBM
  • F5 on IBM Cloud offers a traffic report that is critical for decisions.
  • Firewall management eliminates chances of threats and destruction.
  • Network monitoring and configurations keeps us safe and monitored.
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