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Cisco AnyConnect

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Score 8.8 out of 100
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Score 8.3 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • Cisco AnyConnect is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating
  • F5 BIG-IP is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability

Likelihood to Recommend

8.7

Cisco AnyConnect

87%
72 Ratings
8.8

BIG-IP

88%
13 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.5

Cisco AnyConnect

95%
3 Ratings

BIG-IP

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

8.9

Cisco AnyConnect

89%
50 Ratings
9.0

BIG-IP

90%
1 Rating

Availability

10.0

Cisco AnyConnect

100%
1 Rating

BIG-IP

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

10.0

Cisco AnyConnect

100%
1 Rating

BIG-IP

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

8.8

Cisco AnyConnect

88%
85 Ratings
7.7

BIG-IP

77%
7 Ratings

Implementation Rating

9.0

Cisco AnyConnect

90%
1 Rating

BIG-IP

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

10.0

Cisco AnyConnect

100%
1 Rating

BIG-IP

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco AnyConnect

This is a very solid connection with a nice timeout and retries grace period. It seems to keep the connection even if there are momentary network breaks in service. It then re-establishes that connection if it was brief enough making for a more simple tool standard users can use. This tool also works great with Apple machines in nearly the same manner as Windows.
Jason Lane | TrustRadius Reviewer

BIG-IP

The product provides a very successful solution for both VPN and Load Balancing, especially for medium and large-sized companies. It can be preferred in small-sized companies, but due to the price and licensing model, I think this would be an unnecessary expense. This product is very successful especially if you have more than 2 servers on the Internet, DMZ side and you are going to balance the load between them. On the local side, if you are managing a large database, this solution of F5 is truly unrivaled.
Evren BOZTEPE | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco AnyConnect

  • Autoconnections are seamless for the users. There's nothing for them to do once it's all setup.
  • It recognizes security certificates for the PC and user, so you can easily lock down the connectivity to the specific users and/or machines you need for your environment.
  • Unless the WIFI is extremely poor, the software can make the connection and allow your users to function on the VPN.
Debbie Johnson | TrustRadius Reviewer

BIG-IP

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco AnyConnect

  • Next generation features are lacking.
  • Split handling scenarios are limited.
  • Sensitive to timeouts.
  • Auto reconnect features does not work as expected.
  • Auto mtu discovery does not work on some cases.
  • Not a full featured solution on the client side.
  • Detailed reporting is missing.
  • Lack of multi device management.
  • Application, url based dashboards needs to be enhanced.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

BIG-IP

  • 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
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco AnyConnect

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

BIG-IP

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco AnyConnect

Cisco AnyConnect 9.5
Based on 3 answers
It has been in use for the past 5 years and has worked without any issues during that time. It also allows us unprecedented flexibility and access resources as if on premise. With remote work force more and more prevalent, this solution has been a constant. As we move our on-premise resources into the cloud, there will come a time when we stop using AnyConnect.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

BIG-IP

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

Cisco AnyConnect

Cisco AnyConnect 8.9
Based on 50 answers
It's easy to use for the end user and reliable. They just need to login to their computer and connect to the VPN and they are on the network and have access to network resources. For the admins, it does take some time to configure things correctly but, once configured, it's quite easy to manage connection profiles and client software.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

BIG-IP

BIG-IP 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Great customization and easy to use help reference menus
Alan Matson, CCNA:S, MCP | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Cisco AnyConnect

Cisco AnyConnect 10.0
Based on 1 answer
We use it all day, every work day and the availability has always been very high. The connection once established is also very stable and remains connected.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

BIG-IP

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

Cisco AnyConnect

Cisco AnyConnect 10.0
Based on 1 answer
We use Cisco AnyConnect to connect to on-prem resources. The delay in connecting is not noticeable.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

BIG-IP

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Cisco AnyConnect

Cisco AnyConnect 8.8
Based on 85 answers
During the implementation of the solution, the Cisco team is always present and ready, from the initial planning to the final deployment. Once up and running, the system is quite stable. In general, inconveniences could arise when making a general change takes centralized changes to be done, and then assistance from Cisco support is required, which will be provided without further delay and with great professionalism. Local problems could also arise related to the client's installation on remote users' machines. Most are due to each user's home network issues, over which there is no control, but initial troubleshooting is, nevertheless, mandatory. This last fact makes it necessary to have some diagnostic method. Then it becomes important to have the DART (Diagnostics and Reporting Tool) functionality, which is functionality included in the Cisco AnyConnect client. It is useful to perform this task and be able to resolve local problems or problems related to inconveniences with the home network by gathering information that allows determining the reported problem cause. It turned out to be a great tool since it can perform remote diagnoses.
Rodrigo Avila | TrustRadius Reviewer

BIG-IP

BIG-IP 7.7
Based on 7 answers
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.
Paul Luchini | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Cisco AnyConnect

Cisco AnyConnect 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Cisco support is a good resource to deal with issues if they arise.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

BIG-IP

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Cisco AnyConnect

- Cisco is a better name in the market - Cisco products are better in quality and performance - Cisco product support is reliable and provides supports within the agreed SLA - Already using other Cisco products majorly, it is the trust that has already been built on Cisco products that has helped us to decide on using the Cisco products.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

BIG-IP

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Cisco AnyConnect

Cisco AnyConnect 10.0
Based on 1 answer
It is a simple application with a minimal interface.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

BIG-IP

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Cisco AnyConnect

  • We are able to seamlessly work on multiple clients daily, and it allows us to quickly handle more projects at the same time.
  • Cisco AnyConnect has allowed our own company's coworkers to remotely connect back to the corporate network, easily assisting work schedules and processes, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Being forced to work remotely, meant our processes still happened quickly and efficiently, by being able to leverage and use Cisco AnyConnect VPN.
  • Even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, I have worked 100% remotely for a few years now. This was always due to the reliable connectivity and ease of use with Cisco AnyConnect VPN. I live 2+ hours from our nearest corporate office, and even further from some of my client locations, and I have always been able to connect to any of my multiple Cisco AnyConnect VPN connections, within seconds.
Mitchell Bumgarner | TrustRadius Reviewer

BIG-IP

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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