BIG-IP

BIG-IP

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Score 8.4 out of 100
F5 BIG-IP

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F5 BIG-IP Review

9 out of 10
July 30, 2021
Big-IP is the standard solution for VPN services and web security enablement in our company. It comes with every device provided to …
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F5 BIG-IP load balancer

8 out of 10
May 03, 2021
We use F5 BIG-IP's (we are redundant) as a load balancer, and a IP handler for DMZ space for web servers. the load balancer function …
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Not the best, but still good

6 out of 10
May 04, 2020
For a few months, the company struggled with other VPN clients until we started using the F5 BIG-IP VPN. As any other VPN client, F5 …
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F5 BIG-IP - It just works!

9 out of 10
January 29, 2020
BIG-IP is used to connect to our VPN from remote locations. It's used by the entire organization--although it's only required when those …
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What is BIG-IP?

F5 BIG-IP software from Seattle-based F5 Networks is a load balancing and application protection solution suite available on cloud or via virtual editions, on a subscription or perpetual licensing basis. The BIG-IP suite of products supports a wide range of security and application performance…

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Product Details

What is BIG-IP?

F5 BIG-IP software from Seattle-based F5 Networks is a load balancing and application protection solution suite available on cloud or via virtual editions, on a subscription or perpetual licensing basis. The BIG-IP suite of products supports 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.

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What is BIG-IP?

F5 BIG-IP software from Seattle-based F5 Networks is a load balancing and application protection solution suite available on cloud or via virtual editions, on a subscription or perpetual licensing basis. The BIG-IP suite of products supports 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.

What is BIG-IP's best feature?

Reviewers rate Support Rating highest, with a score of 7.7.

Who uses BIG-IP?

The most common users of BIG-IP are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees) and the Information Technology & Services industry.

Reviews and Ratings

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Evren BOZTEPE | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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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.
July 30, 2021

F5 BIG-IP Review

Score 9 out of 10
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Again, protection of enterprise data via VPN solution can be easily achieved with BIG IP. Despite its shortcomings, it has been very reliable as I use it daily to acess the coporate websites and do my work. I can imagine getting frustrated if the connection is not stable . Thankfully, Big IP is a very stable VPN client.
Score 8 out of 10
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As a load balancer for larger networks, in use with their security appliances this is a robust system. it is a load balancer as it's primary function, we were able to analyze traffic through the interface and stop some traffic which was undesirable. It gave a dashboard which helped with the traffic, the other connected devices throughput, so it can be some help with monitoring of your network trafic to help make decisions.
Score 8 out of 10
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F5 BIG-IP would be well suited in situations where high availability with intelligent load balancing is critical and the budget allows for such a solution, being that it is not an inexpensive product.

It would be less appropriate in situations where only basic, round robin type load balancing would be the only requirement.
Score 6 out of 10
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Verified User
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I can ensure that any organization with users that work mostly or even just occasionally remotely will make great use of and benefit from the F5 BIG-IP VPN client. On the other hand, smaller companies or companies that only have users working locally might not find this VPN client as attractive, since there is no need to use a VPN if you are connected to the corporate network.
Score 8 out of 10
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The BIG-IP is definitely well suited to scale up for demanding and/or complex enterprise traffic management. Although currently, we're only scratching the surface of its capabilities it has not been too complex or difficult to implement and manage. Having said that, I don't know that it would be the best fit for smaller-scale deployments, as it would probably be overkill unless you needed several of the modules they offer. Although we are only using one module, we are making extensive use of it. Similar to products like the Check Point firewall, there are so many options and features available that the limiting factor is more likely to be administrator time or knowledge than the BIP-IP itself. The good thing is there are always more features and options to grow into if needed without having to find additional solutions.
Score 9 out of 10
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It's great for remote workers who need access to intranet resources. Wouldn't be appropriate for users who didn't need access to an intranet or who had minimal resources available within their company intranet. Once I'm connected, it's as if I'm in the office. If you don't have resources that live in a protected environment, this product wouldn't be necessary.
December 07, 2019

Great for SSLVPN

Score 8 out of 10
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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.
Score 8 out of 10
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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.
Score 10 out of 10
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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
Score 9 out of 10
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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).
Bear Golightly | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User
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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