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  • F5 on IBM Cloud is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

9.2

Cloudflare

92%
91 Ratings
10.0

F5 on IBM Cloud

100%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Renew

10.0

Cloudflare

100%
1 Rating

F5 on IBM Cloud

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

8.6

Cloudflare

86%
2 Ratings

F5 on IBM Cloud

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

8.5

Cloudflare

85%
69 Ratings

F5 on IBM Cloud

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Cloudflare

If a small business is looking for Object Storage, they should consider Cloudflare's R2 storage with which there are practically zero fees associated. Other cloud object storage services like AWS S3 can add up costs pretty fast as the egress fees are high. Apart from this, Cloudflare is still the best DNS resolver hands down. Its DDoS attack protection is at par with the best services out there. Being one of the most popular CDN right now, they also have a big network of servers strategically placed around the world. However, I do believe there are better, more premium services out there that offer more bespoke solutions for bigger enterprises and Cloudflare might not be the best solution for their needs.
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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

Cloudflare

  • When you need a FREE and EASY TO SETUP SSL certificate on your page (if you don't have the locked locker icon when opening your page, you need it)
  • When you want to obfuscate your webpage's IP (any connection will give the Cloudflare's IP)
  • You need to speed up the connection for static content (it will not help database connections or dynamic content)
  • IF your DNS isn't good (Cloudflare's DNS is amazing, quick, easy, and works pretty well)
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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

Cloudflare

  • Some features require a bit of hand holding to deploy correctly. While the documentation is good, it could provide more examples to cover additional use cases.
  • Telephone support for enterprise customers is for emergencies only, but sometimes phone conversations are better for providing clarity.
  • Enterprise lite customers can't purchase all options available to total enterprise customers. Still, many of those additional features cost additional, so upgrading to the full enterprise means an increase in base plus the additional feature (bot management is a great example). Enterprise lite customers should be able to add these services on as well but without an increase in base.
  • It's difficult to add new services to enterprise plans. It would be ideal if customers could purchase/upgrade online and sign an order insertion digitally from the site instead of having to go through customer success.
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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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Pricing Details

Cloudflare

Starting Price

$0

Editions & Modules

Cloudflare editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
FreeFree1
Pro202
Business2003
EnterpriseContact sales team4

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

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Pricing Info

F5 on IBM Cloud

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

F5 on IBM Cloud editions and modules pricing
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    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Usability

    Cloudflare

    While there are some parts of the service that can be tricky to implement if you have a very custom site, like holepunching for cache, for the most part, the service works very well out of the box and is easy to use
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    IBM

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    Support Rating

    Cloudflare

    Support is responsive and available. One factor which probably should be addressed for enterprise customers – sometimes, some of the engineers take more time to comprehend the exact nature of the issue. A few of the issues which require a deep understanding of the Cloudflare stack and of the internet, in general, don't get fast resolution.
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    IBM

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    Alternatives Considered

    Cloudflare

    I've used Cloudflare almost since the beginning, 8+ years. I don't have any experience with other platforms as Cloudflare is simple, easy, and cost-effective. Cloudflare offers tremendous value in its free plan. The vast majority of our clients are on the free plan but for some larger clients who require more advanced features, Cloudflare is still extremely affordable for the feature sets it delivers in its advanced offerings.
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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

    Cloudflare

    • Uptime: With Cloudflare's website protection, we have avoided panic-inducing outages and downtime.
    • Reduced hosting load: Cloudflare's CDN allows us to use smaller servers and greatly diminish bandwidth usage.
    • Reduced domain renewal cost: Most of our domains could be transferred to Cloudflare, where domain renewals are as cheap as possible.
    • Increased total website cost: All of Cloudflare's features aren't free, and they increase our monthly overall website cost. The protection and other features are helpful, just not free.
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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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