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"The most valuable feature is the web application firewall.""The solution is very good at mitigating threats.""The DDoS protection is the most valuable aspect of the solution.""It's very user-friendly.""There are key things that are used for our enterprise customers, such as Lambda and DNS.""From what I've seen so far, there are no negatives to report as of yet""It is easier to configure and develop documentation to see how we have configured firewalls.""New and innovative way to protect the client's data."

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"The most valuable feature is customization.""The web application firewall feature is the most valuable and useful feature. It is a leading industry product when it comes to load balancing. Its user interface is very simple. There isn't a steep learning curve. When we initiate someone to F5, they start using it quickly.""The most valuable features are the WAF and the big IP.""There is a lot of documentation available.""The most valuable feature of this solution is IP Intelligence.""One of the greatest things about F5 Load Balancer is that it provides additional capability for handling huge workloads and routing them to an SAP or non-SAP application. It is capable of supporting a large amount of user workload and application connectivity workload. This was the main reason why we chose F5.""We enjoy its overall ease of use.""Bandwidth optimization and capacity awareness of the bandwidth are valuable features. Its video streaming capabilities are also very useful."

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Cons
"It should have easier documentation for the configuration. It's very technical and people who aren't technical should also be able to do the configuration.""The solution could work at being less expensive. It costs a lot to use it.""The solution could use more analytics on the backend to give us more insights into everything. More reports would be helpful.""There should be a specific price list for enterprise-level customers.""There are some issues with the CDN services.""Technical support is lacking.""Although I think it's quite good, it doesn't provide me with all the features I would expect to have if I were using Imperva.""Latencies are always a problem."

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"The pricing could always be better. It's a bit expensive.""It's a very expensive solution.""The cost of the solution is pretty high. It would be ideal if it was more reasonable.""There are some aspects of F5 BIG-IP that could be improved, the main one being virtual machine support. We have seen that even with the virtual editions, there are some things that we would like to do that are currently not possible with virtual machines.""The logging features are too limited and do not give us a solid understanding of what's happening.""The user experience for dashboards and reports can be improved. They should make dashboards and the reporting system easier for users. They need to add more reports to the dashboard. Currently, for complicated reports, I have to do the customization. It should have more integration with network firewalls to be able to gather all the information required for traffic management.""If we decide to migrate to the cloud, I don't think that BIG-IP is a good solution and we probably won't use it.""A lot of functions that are attributed to iRules can actually be simple profile changes. iRules do have a certain performance impact. Therefore, instead of writing simple iRules, they can create certain profiles for classes that will perform the same function."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The cost primarily depends on the size of the organization."
  • "We don't have any issues with the price."
  • "The price is reasonable."
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  • "There are additional costs depending on what modules or what functionality is required."
  • "F5 pricing is too high, compared to Citrix."
  • "When we purchased additional licenses for our other locations, we received a discount of between 20% and 25%."
  • "F5 BIG-IP can be expensive, although there are trial versions available which are helpful to find out if the solution is right for your company."
  • "The price should be reduced because it is expensive when compared to the competition."
  • "The solution is quite expensive if we compare it with the competition."
  • "It is a bit expensive product. Kemp Loadmaster is much cheaper than F5. Its licensing is on a yearly basis. It can be for one year or three years."
  • "The price of the solution is sometimes expensive."
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    There are key things that are used for our enterprise customers, such as Lambda and DNS.
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    Latencies are always a problem. Also, one thing I would say is you have to maintain DNS through their services. I don't know if that's a requirement or not. Latencies are the key issue. If you are not… more »
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    Its user interface is very easy to use on a day-to-day basis. It is very user-friendly.
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    It is a little pricey. I wish the pricing was cheaper, but I wish the pricing was cheaper for everything.
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    My only point of contention would be that it is a little pricey.
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    Also Known As
    F5 BIG-IP, BIG-IP LTM, F5 ASM, Viprion, F5 BIG-IP Virtual Edition , Crescendo Networks Application Delivery Controller, BIG IP
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    Overview

    Cloudflare is the leading performance and security company helping to build a better Internet. Today the company runs one of the world’s largest networks that powers more than 9 million Internet applications. More than 10 trillion Internet requests flow through Cloudflare’s network each month, accounting for nearly 10% of all Internet requests globally.

    Cloudflare protects and accelerates any Internet application online without adding hardware, installing software, or changing a line of code. Internet properties powered by Cloudflare have all web traffic routed through its intelligent global network, which gets smarter with each new site added. As a result, they see significant improvement in performance and a decrease in spam and other attacks.

    F5 BIG-IP LTM optimizes the speed and reliability of your apps via both network and application layers. Using real-time protocol and traffic management decisions based on app and server and connection management conditions, and TCP and content offloading, BIG-IP LTM dramatically improves application and infrastructure responsiveness. BIG-IP LTM's architecture includes protocol awareness to control traffic for the most important applications. BIG-IP LTM tracks the dynamic performance levels of servers and delivers SSL performance and visibility for inbound and outbound traffic, to protect the user experience by encrypting everything from the client to the server.

    BIG-IP LTM provides enterprise-class Application Delivery Controller (ADC). You get granular layer 7 control, SSL offloading and acceleration capabilities, and advanced scaling technologies that deliver performance and reliability on-demand. The highly optimized TCP/IP stack combines TCP/IP techniques and improvements in the latest RFCs with extensions to minimize the effect of congestion and packet loss and recovery. Independent testing tools and customer experiences show LTM's TCP stack delivers up to a 2x performance gain for users and a 4x increase in bandwidth efficiency.

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    Trusted by over 9,000,000 Internet Applications and APIs, including Nasdaq, Zendesk, Crunchbase, Steve Madden, OkCupid, Cisco, Quizlet, Discord and more.
    Riken, TransUnion, Tepco Systems Administration, Daejeon University, G&T Bank, Danamon, CyberAgent Inc.
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    Energy/Utilities Company14%
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    Engineering Company14%
    Financial Services Firm14%
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    Computer Software Company26%
    Comms Service Provider25%
    Financial Services Firm6%
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    Financial Services Firm17%
    Manufacturing Company9%
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    Comms Service Provider23%
    Financial Services Firm8%
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    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise16%
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    Cloudflare is ranked 3rd in Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) Protection with 8 reviews while F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) is ranked 1st in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) with 35 reviews. Cloudflare is rated 8.2, while F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Cloudflare writes "Robust, secure and innovative; technical support needs to be improved". On the other hand, the top reviewer of F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) writes "Very stable and easy to use with a good GUI". Cloudflare is most compared with Imperva Incapsula, Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, Azure Front Door, Palo Alto Networks WildFire and Azure DDoS Protection, whereas F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) is most compared with Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, Citrix ADC, NGINX Plus, HAProxy and Kemp LoadMaster. See our Cloudflare vs. F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) report.

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