The easy road to balance the load with F5
August 28, 2018

The easy road to balance the load with F5

Alan Matson, CCNA:S, MCP | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source

Overall Satisfaction with F5 BIG-IP

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
  • 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 is getting more mature but F5 is still superior. While the Kemp UI is easier F5 allows for more option and customization. I still feel Kemp is strong due to their no-cost lab license.
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.

Using BIG-IP

Great customization and easy to use help reference menus
ProsCons
Easy to use
Technical support not required
Consistent
Convenient
Feel confident using
Lots to learn
  • Setting up pools
  • Creating monitors
  • Easy to use UI
  • TCL programming
  • Creating custom iRules