F5 Networks: The Champagne of Peers
September 05, 2017

F5 Networks: The Champagne of Peers

Bear Golightly | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with F5 BIG-IP

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.
  • 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.
In the application delivery controller space, there are a lot of players - established players like F5, Barracuda and Citrix all the way to new kids on the block such as A10.

Any of these companies can sell you a load balancer / application firewall device. Any of these will probably work pretty well and will be easy to use, but they're like driving a Toyota Corolla.

When you're ready to go the next level and drive a Cadillac, get yourself an F5 Networks BIG-IP appliance.
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