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Likelihood to Recommend

BIG-IP

I have extensive experience using F5 for SSLVPN, which it does really well compared to others - the VPN clients are available for a range of devices and work well most of the time. For a user, it's easy to sign onto the VPN using a centralized identity provider. The solution scales relatively painlessly. VPN access works well across the world.
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Radware Alteon

These devices caused more problems for our company than benefits, I would never recommend these to colleagues.
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Pros

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.
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Radware Alteon

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Cons

BIG-IP

  • Pricing - Aside from there being other cheaper alternatives out there I can’t really think of anything negative to say, we migrated to them about 4 years ago and we’ve been very happy since. Even considering the price I’d say it’s worth it.
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Radware Alteon

  • The software web application is beyond terrible, in most of the cases the web was broken or did not have similar functionality the command line interface had.
  • The command line interface wasn't a natural looking interface, it was very fumbled and while it ran on Linux, the interface was all menus and sub-menus.
  • When enabling different pools for different web services, when a new pool was activated, the old pool connections were all reset instead of allowing HTTP sessions to naturally expire.
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Usability

BIG-IP

BIG-IP 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Great customization and easy to use help reference menus
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Radware Alteon

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Support

BIG-IP

BIG-IP 10.0
Based on 1 answer
I was pleasantly surprised by F5 support, with my experience being the best of all the network vendors. I was not speaking to someone across the world, the engineer fully took ownership and followed through to solution without me having to keep calling. The support engineer also was able to resolve an unusual situation, in which most other vendors' engineers would simply give up.
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Radware Alteon

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Alternatives Considered

BIG-IP

Netscaler and F5 Big-IP are very similar. I liked the Netscaler GUI a little better, but they both basically serve the same purpose quite well. Both are more advanced than the cheap/free software-based alternatives out there. Both can be clustered to avoid having a single point of failure at the load balancer level. Both can be programmed with custom rules to handle traffic routing.
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Radware Alteon

We moved away from Alteon to F5 BigIP LTM and just by swapping out the hardware, we saw 40% speed increase in our applications. Everything else is much improved as well, from the web interface to the command line to the API.
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Return on Investment

BIG-IP

  • F5 BIG-IP had an overall positive impact on overall business objectives by providing us with better ability to control our network and bandwidth via the use of F5's NLB feature.
  • Another positive impact F5 has is the ability to simplify the use of our applications for our users by making authentication easier via the use of SSO (Single Sign-On).
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Radware Alteon

  • While running on these devices, every release caused many interruptions in service and caused thousands of dollars of lost revenue.
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Pricing Details

BIG-IP

General

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

Radware Alteon

General

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

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