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F5 BIG-IP from Seattle-based F5 Networks is a SSL VPN solution and suite of products supporting a wide range of security and application performance needs. The suite includes BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) traffic management and optimization, BIG-IP DNS, BIG-IP Access Policy Manager (APM) identity and password protection, BIG-IP Application Acceleration Manager, BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM) and BIG-IP Application Security Manager (ASM) web application firewall (WAF) and advanced DDoS protection, and BIG-IP Link Controller.https://dudodiprj2sv7.cloudfront.net/product-logos/U4/Ku/WHB53XESVVQ0.pngThe easy road to balance the load with F5We currently use F5 Big-IP as an application delivery controller for our email security, web security, and AD federated services. This design supports 60K users daily in a failover design.,Load balancing Fail over Traffic monitoring statistics Ease of maintenance of load balanced devices,Better logging Easier to implement custom options without learning TCL,10,Negative: Cost of lab licenses to mimick our production. Positive: less down time for maintenance and outages increased production times Positive: SSL offloading increased server response times.,Kemp LoadMaster,Kemp LoadMaster, Ixia Bypass Switches, Infoblox IPAM,Setting up pools Creating monitors Easy to use UI,TCL programming Creating custom iRules,9Good all around high end load balancing solutionWe used Big-IP F5 to load balance a good number of web servers (front end, backed app servers, etc.). It has a number of advanced features that we used such as session stickiness and the ability to maintain session stickiness across various tiers of the application. We also used the ability to install SSL certificates at the load balancer level.,Load balancing web servers Advanced load balancing depending on the technical requirements of your environment Programmable rules for fine tuning exactly how your traffic is handled,The user interface could be a little more user-friendly,8,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.,Citrix NetScalerSolved all the problems we wanted it to and some that we didn’t know we had.We work in healthcare and uptime matters; we use F5 Big-IP load balancers throughout our remote hosting environment and on some of our onsite solutions. It’s proven to be an extremely reliable and fault-tolerant load balancing solution that also provides a ton of customization that allows it to meet pretty much any need we’ve been able to throw at it.,Load balancing Health checks SSL termination SNAT URI & Payload Rewrites,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.,10,Less issues with our load balancers means better availability for our clients and less penalties from our SLAs. Easy for newer network engineers to learn means less time spent training them.,Citrix NetScaler,Ansible, Cisco FabricPath, Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure, Citrix NetScaler, Cisco ASA, Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series, Cisco RoutersF5 BIG-IP is one of the best at what they do!We use our F5 BIG-IP for several functions; one of them being network load balancing. Another function it is being used for is authentication. We solved an issue with different applications using different authentication methods. We realized that implementing SSO (Single Sign-On) is quite beneficial since it makes it easier for our users to use our applications. F5 BIG-IP is being used by different departments that use our applications across the division.,We like the fact that in F5 we can create and assign custom "Access Profiles" to any "Virtual Server" we have so different applications can use different access profiles. Another strength F5 BIG-IP has is its ability to run a report on the "Access Policy" to get information on all the sessions in real time. Setting up SSO (Single Sign-On) via the use of F5 is another great feature since configuring it is quite easily done.,We dislike that the development/test licensing expires after about 3 months and then it needs to be renewed. The process of applying SSL certificates after they have expired could be improved; trying to update them can be problematic after they expire.,9,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).,Citrix NetScalerF5 Networks: The Champagne of PeersWe're using the F5 BIG-IP platform to drive the security, reliability, and accessibility of our e-commerce platform, as well as the other supporting platforms (web customer service chat, payment processing.) The all-in-one-box approach allows us to go from concept to implementation in minutes, which translates to dollars saved.,Local Traffic Manager (LTM), the base on-box functionality, is ridiculously robust and allows securing and accelerating applications VERY easily. Application Firewall Manager (AFM) and Application Security Manager (ASM) help protect against DDoS attacks, known and 0-day security vulnerabilities, and help meet compliance (PCI, etc) goals. IP Intelligence (a subscription product) allows for management/blocking of IP addresses by broad category such as disallowing any cloud services (Azure, AWS, Google Compute) from using your application. Ultra-premium customer support - F5's response time and commitment to resolution is top-notch.,In my experience, the only meaningful negative to F5's product line is the price: they're selling you the Cadillac of application delivery, they know it, and the price reflects that.,10,Along with some deployment orchestration (thanks, F5 Dev Central!), the F5 platform has allowed for rolling code deployment in our environment, meaning zero production downtime. Using the "Best" license level (along with the features that come with it) checks a LOT of boxes on the PCI Compliance SAQ. We don't panic about zero-day vulnerabilities anymore. F5 has our back.,Citrix NetScaler, A10 Networks AX Series and Barracuda Load Balancer,Ansible, Docker, CentOS, Ubuntu Linux, ASP.NET, Windows Server, Windows Server Failover Clustering, Microsoft SQL Server
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August 28, 2018

BIG-IP Review: "The easy road to balance the load with F5"

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We currently use F5 Big-IP as an application delivery controller for our email security, web security, and AD federated services. This design supports 60K users daily in a failover design.
  • Load balancing
  • Fail over
  • Traffic monitoring statistics
  • Ease of maintenance of load balanced devices
  • Better logging
  • Easier to implement custom options without learning TCL
F5 is an amazing production product, what is difficult is creating labs with it due to licensing and speed limits. Other companies like Kemp offer free lab licenses.
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August 28, 2018

BIG-IP Review: "Good all around high end load balancing solution"

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We used Big-IP F5 to load balance a good number of web servers (front end, backed app servers, etc.). It has a number of advanced features that we used such as session stickiness and the ability to maintain session stickiness across various tiers of the application. We also used the ability to install SSL certificates at the load balancer level.
  • Load balancing web servers
  • Advanced load balancing depending on the technical requirements of your environment
  • Programmable rules for fine tuning exactly how your traffic is handled
  • The user interface could be a little more user-friendly
It covers all of the bases you would want in a load balancer once you have outgrown the cheaper/free products out there. You can cluster more than one device for fault tolerance for example. It is suitable for larger environments with high throughput, SSL encryption, a need for specific traffic routing rules, etc.
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August 23, 2018

BIG-IP Review: "Solved all the problems we wanted it to and some that we didn’t know we had."

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We work in healthcare and uptime matters; we use F5 Big-IP load balancers throughout our remote hosting environment and on some of our onsite solutions. It’s proven to be an extremely reliable and fault-tolerant load balancing solution that also provides a ton of customization that allows it to meet pretty much any need we’ve been able to throw at it.
  • Load balancing
  • Health checks
  • SSL termination
  • SNAT
  • URI & Payload Rewrites
  • 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.
We use it mostly for terminating SSL, load balancing and maintaining highly available web applications. But I’ve also come up with a few weirder use cases:

  • I set up Syslog and SNMP trap VIPs that forward to multiple monitoring servers to make sure that alerts were never missed (this is important since both use UDP rather than TCP and are inherently best effort and the sending node will not be aware of whether or not the messages ever reach their destination)
  • Weighted failover for PostgreSQL servers. If the primary server is down it will send connections to the secondary server. If both the primary and secondary server is down also it will send incoming connections to the tertiary server.
  • Load balancing to read only replica sets. - IPV6 to 4 Natting
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March 20, 2018

Review: "F5 BIG-IP is one of the best at what they do!"

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We use our F5 BIG-IP for several functions; one of them being network load balancing. Another function it is being used for is authentication. We solved an issue with different applications using different authentication methods. We realized that implementing SSO (Single Sign-On) is quite beneficial since it makes it easier for our users to use our applications.

F5 BIG-IP is being used by different departments that use our applications across the division.
  • We like the fact that in F5 we can create and assign custom "Access Profiles" to any "Virtual Server" we have so different applications can use different access profiles.
  • Another strength F5 BIG-IP has is its ability to run a report on the "Access Policy" to get information on all the sessions in real time.
  • Setting up SSO (Single Sign-On) via the use of F5 is another great feature since configuring it is quite easily done.
  • We dislike that the development/test licensing expires after about 3 months and then it needs to be renewed.
  • The process of applying SSL certificates after they have expired could be improved; trying to update them can be problematic after they expire.
One of the best scenarios F5 BIG-IP is suited for is when there's a need for a more robust NLB (network load balancer) that the regular NBL is not adequate for; setting up several F5's to create a global NLB is also possible. Another scenario F5 BIG-IP is well suited for is when a company requires the set up of SSO (Single Sign-On).
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September 05, 2017

BIG-IP Review: "F5 Networks: The Champagne of Peers"

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We're using the F5 BIG-IP platform to drive the security, reliability, and accessibility of our e-commerce platform, as well as the other supporting platforms (web customer service chat, payment processing.) The all-in-one-box approach allows us to go from concept to implementation in minutes, which translates to dollars saved.
  • Local Traffic Manager (LTM), the base on-box functionality, is ridiculously robust and allows securing and accelerating applications VERY easily.
  • Application Firewall Manager (AFM) and Application Security Manager (ASM) help protect against DDoS attacks, known and 0-day security vulnerabilities, and help meet compliance (PCI, etc) goals.
  • IP Intelligence (a subscription product) allows for management/blocking of IP addresses by broad category such as disallowing any cloud services (Azure, AWS, Google Compute) from using your application.
  • Ultra-premium customer support - F5's response time and commitment to resolution is top-notch.
  • In my experience, the only meaningful negative to F5's product line is the price: they're selling you the Cadillac of application delivery, they know it, and the price reflects that.
On a purely technical level, F5's BIG-IP platform is a good fit for everything from grandma's blog to a global multi-datacenter operation.

Stepping back, two key aspects of the product line make it a harsh fit in many places:

1. $$$$
2. Administration - Using even a fraction of the product's functionality requires significant learning investment, and most organizations are okay with the "good enough" alternatives
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F5 BIG-IP from Seattle-based F5 Networks is a SSL VPN solution and suite of products supporting a wide range of security and application performance needs. The suite includes BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) traffic management and optimization, BIG-IP DNS, BIG-IP Access Policy Manager (APM) identity and password protection, BIG-IP Application Acceleration Manager, BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM) and BIG-IP Application Security Manager (ASM) web application firewall (WAF) and advanced DDoS protection, and BIG-IP Link Controller.

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