F5 BIG-IP APM Review at a glance
July 19, 2022

F5 BIG-IP APM Review at a glance

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with F5 BIG-IP Access Policy Manager (APM)

We use APM to interconnect our in-house / ERP application with other 3rd party apps. We use this so we can be confident that our network is well secure and protected as we have adopted the zero trust policy. Configuring APM requires a bit of technical knowledge which is not easy for every administrator. Challenges we face are having the right resources while on leave etc. The F5 Big-IP is an amazing product that helps us secure our environment by providing enterprise-level load balancing capabilities which help us deploy patches etc. The dashboard also helps us understand the trends.
  • SAML 2.0 identity federation support.
  • Integrates with third-party SSO solutions.
  • Bridging modern authentication and authorization (SAML, OAuth/OIDC) and classic authentication and authorization methods.
  • Policy routing
  • Hard to use
  • Access Guided Configuration (AGC) should be improved
  • Granular access policy enforcement.
  • Support for SAML-artifact binding.
  • Support for SAML-based authentication using BIG-IP Edge Client and F5 Access for Android and for iOS.
  • Seamless integration with third-party MFA solutions.
  • This is really a tough question and I believe F5 should look into the price tags of these products which would help the SMB segments to use this product.
  • As for our industry and the kind of business the ROI is a bit high.
BIG-IP product is well known in the industry for its robustness, which was one of the prime reasons for selecting the same. Also as a certified professional, I have hands-on experience. The other products were evaluated, however BIG-IP outweigh them all. In regards to performance, I would say this device particularly performs very well.

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In the current digital world we are moving into, I would recommend F5 for all SMB to enterprise organizations. There are various models to pick from. This helps secure the environment and make the network robust to any sort of attacks. I am not able to think of any reason why one should not deploy or this device is less appropriate because nowadays every small company has application / ERPs. It is also worthwhile to note in case if all your apps are being deployed in the cloud by another service provider who provides you SAAS access, in that case, you can be at ease as securing these app falls on to the provider. However, should the budget be available I would recommend deploy this and enhancing your security.