Check Point 4000 Appliances vs. F5 BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Check Point 4000 Appliances
Score 8.3 out of 10
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Check Point’s 4000-series appliances is a legacy firewall offering. It also provides IPsec VPN access and intrusion prevention within the offering.N/A
F5 BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM)
Score 7.8 out of 10
N/A
F5 Networks offers the F5 BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager, a firewall software combining a number of features including DDoS, DNS security, and other protections.N/A
Pricing
Check Point 4000 AppliancesF5 BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM)
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Check Point 4000 AppliancesF5 BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM)
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
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Top Pros
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Features
Check Point 4000 AppliancesF5 BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM)
Firewall
Comparison of Firewall features of Product A and Product B
Check Point 4000 Appliances
9.1
1 Ratings
7% above category average
F5 BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM)
8.6
2 Ratings
1% above category average
Identification Technologies9.01 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Visualization Tools8.01 Ratings7.02 Ratings
Content Inspection9.01 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Policy-based Controls9.01 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Active Directory and LDAP8.01 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Firewall Management Console10.01 Ratings7.02 Ratings
Reporting and Logging10.01 Ratings8.02 Ratings
VPN10.01 Ratings10.01 Ratings
High Availability10.01 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Stateful Inspection9.01 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Proxy Server8.01 Ratings10.01 Ratings
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Check Point 4000 AppliancesF5 BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM)
Small Businesses
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Score 9.6 out of 10
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Score 9.6 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
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Score 9.6 out of 10
Enterprises
Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series
Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series
Score 9.2 out of 10
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Score 9.2 out of 10
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User Ratings
Check Point 4000 AppliancesF5 BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM)
Likelihood to Recommend
10.0
(2 ratings)
7.6
(5 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Check Point 4000 AppliancesF5 BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM)
Likelihood to Recommend
Check Point Software Technologies
Well suited for small to medium business with less than 1000 users. Good edge device, NAT is easy to work with. The anti-malware, anti-spyware are worthwhile paid add-ons. Anti-spoofing is built in, and required to be put in. The split of management between Gaia and secure platform applications is painful, but nothing that can't be gotten around.
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F5
We were able to eliminate a firewall from our network architecture by integrating the module into our existing F5 BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM). This allowed us to save on tech refresh costs, since the F5 was able to handle the module without much additional strain on the device. However, if a firewall had features that the AFM lacked, then using that firewall in tandem with an F5 would be preferable.
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Pros
Check Point Software Technologies
  • If you have critical data then you can use this firewall for secure your organization
  • You can also use for cloud security
  • If you want the deep packet inspection then this is one of the best firewall for you.
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F5
  • Load balancing using pools
  • SSL offloading
  • iRules for threat handling
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Cons
Check Point Software Technologies
  • Steep learning curve for admins
  • No packet tracer application like the ASA to test flows prior to putting in new rules, etc.
  • Policy packages are all or nothing. I cannot uninstall or turn off a piece of the overall policy, it's all or nothing.
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F5
  • If unsure, can be overly cautious.
  • There are few changes the end user can make.
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Support Rating
Check Point Software Technologies
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F5
F5 Advanced Firewall Manager has been a solid, strong solution to both keep our systems safe and being seamless for our end users. Most of the time, the end-user is not impacted and does not even know F5 Advanced Firewall Manager is running which is exactly what we are looking for.
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Alternatives Considered
Check Point Software Technologies
We were using the Cisco ASA 5525 but this firewall was not fully secure. Lots of advanced features were missing so we installed the Check Point 4000 Appliances and we are really happy with the features, advanced IPS and web filtering help us to protect our organization and also more control our user traffic.
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F5
Both F5 [BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager] and Radware require training as they are not easy to use. But Radware uses some configuration that needs deep learning and proper labs. From an admin's perspective, Configuration and management for F5 [BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager are] less. Also, the cost of implementing F5 [BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager] is lesser than that of Radware Alteon.
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Return on Investment
Check Point Software Technologies
  • We have not seen a zero-day exploit since implementing the anti-spyware, anti-malware, and URL filtering functionality
  • We have not seen a successful intrusion into our systems since the implementation of our checkpoint 4000
  • We have had this firewall for 5+ years, and it still has much life left in it.
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F5
  • When we had to decide on whether to buy different hardware our team were all in support of renewal for F5 [BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager]
  • F5 [BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager] requires proper training on tools and clear concepts of packets, headers, and content to create WAF policies
  • Overall, we are satisfied by the ROI provided by our F5 AFM and GTMs
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