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"It is also quite intuitive and user-friendly. They have several webinars that are actually like labs. You can use these webinars to learn about how to use all features of the product.""The support experience is better than average.""It also has antivirus and DDoS mitigation capabilities. We have enabled these features.""The most valuable features of this solution are the WAF protection, Data Safe, and the seven-layer DDoS.""Very easy to implement and works well.""It's scalable and very easy to manage.""The web application firewall itself is most valuable. It provides positive security and negative security. In negative security, it blocks a task such as cross-site scripting, code injection, etc. In positive security, it lets you specify and enforce things, such as the parameters allowed in username and password fields and the number of characters allowed in a field.""In terms of F5 Advanced WAF's most valuable features, I would definitely say its stability. F5 is one the most stable products. Either as the load balancer or the web application firewall, it is very stable."

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"F5 technical support is really good.""The most valuable feature is flexibility.""Its flexibility is the most valuable because it is a managed service. The good part is that you don't need to set it up. It just needs DNS routing, which is the easiest thing. Our client had Akamai for certain websites because they were using CDN features. They had NetScaler on the internal zone, F5 AWAFs on the data centers, and no WAF at all in the cloud. One of the main activities of the project was to move all these policies into a single WAF so that we could control and use that as a choke point. That exercise itself was very easy because it was a managed service and F5 Silverline Web Application Firewall does that for you. That's the best thing about F5 Silverline Web Application Firewall. It is easy to apply policies on-premises. If you have AWAF on-premises and you want to replicate some policies on F5 Silverline Web Application Firewall, other than the policies that it applies by itself, it is easy because you have a team that supports it. F5 Silverline Web Application Firewall works perfectly fine. It pretty much does everything that an Advanced WAF on-premises should do.""The most important feature is that they have seven firewall protection, to protect our web servers."

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"It should be a little bit easy to deploy in terms of the overall deployment session. One of our customers is a bit unhappy about the reporting options. Currently, it automatically deletes event logs after some limit if a customer doesn't have any external Syslog server. It is a problem for those customers who want to review event logs after a week or so because they won't get proper reports or event logs. They should increase the duration to at least a month or two for storing the data on the device. F5 is not a leader in Gartner Quadrant, which affects us when we go and pitch this solution. Customers normally go and take a look at such annual reports, and because F5 is currently not there as a leader, the customers ask about it even though we are saying it is good in all things. F5 is not known for something totally different or unique. They were a major player in ADP, and they are just rebranding themselves into security. They should improve or increase their marketing as a security company now. They have already started to do that, but they should do it more so that when it comes to security, customers can easily remember F5. At the moment, if we say F5, load balancing comes to mind. With rebranding and marketing, all customers should get the idea that F5 is now mainly focusing on the security part of it, and it is a security company instead of load balancing. This is the first solution that should come to a customer's mind for a web application firewall.""There is a gap in report management.""The contextual-based component needs a lot of help to catch up with the next-gen products.""Scalability could be improved.""There is a learning curve that extends the time of implementation.""The solution could improve by having an independent capture module. It has a built feature that you can deploy the capture on your published website. However, it's not very user-friendly. When you compare this feature to Google Capture or other enterprise captures, they are very simple. It needs a good connection to the F5 Advanced WAF sandbox. When you implement this feature in the data center, you may suffer some complications with connecting to the F5 Advanced WAF sandbox. This should be improved in the future.""The interface is old-looking, it's not modern, which is why it's not always comfortable to use.""I would like to see a better interface and better documentation compatibility with other products. It's more complicated with OWASP."

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"We need to have support for cloud protection, which is not offered by this solution.""I just hope the price can be cheaper.""F5 Silverline Web Application Firewall, being a new product in the market or comparatively related to a new product, currently supports less number of PoPs. They should introduce more PoPs. The current number of PoPs that they have is around 10 or 12, which is still relatively less as compared to 2,400 plus PoPs that Akamai offers. The user latency or the number of hops a user needs before reaching the actual web application is less in Akamai because it has its internal fabric to route the traffic. They need to spin up more data to increase its traffic handling capability. They can also include the bot detection capability, though it is a pretty advanced functionality. If they could include DataDome like functionality, that is, bot prediction, then F5 Silverline Web Application Firewall will be top-notch in the market.""In terms of the scalability, this part is always so confusing because they are checking for packet count. Also, after an attack, they said that the throughput must be from gigabits but then I check my bandwidth and it is already done in gigabits. So it is a little bit confusing."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It's more expensive than other solutions and depending on the modules, there can be additional fees."
  • "F5 bundles up services and the bundle is what you pay for rather than individual components."
  • "Its price is fair. We have done a couple of deals where they were able to give some kind of discount to the customers. The price was initially high for the customers, but after a couple of negotiations, it came within their budget. They were happy with that."
  • "There are various plans available for Fortinet FortiWeb Cloud WAF as a Service, including a trial version."
  • "It is expensive. Its price should be better. Its licensing is on a yearly basis. Its licensing is also based on the model. There are no additional costs."
  • "I don't have any issue with the pricing of this solution."
  • "There is an annual subscription for this solution."
  • "The price of the solution is reasonable when compared with other products, such as FortiWeb. I am very satisfied with the price."
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  • "F5 Silverline Web Application Firewall works based on your bandwidth. They look at the clean bandwidth and do the pricing. 20% of a total pipe would be a clean bandwidth. The list price or a non-negotiated price for F5 Silverline Web Application Firewall would be around $2,200 per application per year for everything that you need. When you get into an enterprise kind of a setup, they negotiate this to the last bit. I would easily take 20% on that, which would be the cost, but it should cover all your Advance WAF features, bot protection, tech campaign, etc. It is built as a package and gives you most of the capability. You don't get the mobile SDK, which is an additional license. Mobile SDK is required only if you're buying or if you have a mobile application, and you are going to instrument F5 or Imperva into your mobile appliance. This anyways would be an additional module. It doesn't come within the WAF, but it is a WAF feature."
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    Questions from the Community
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    One of the most valuable features is the Local Traffic Manager.
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    The Sandbox integration feature could be improved.
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    For ADC, any ADC can do a good job. But in case if you want to add WAF functionality to the same ADC hardware you have to look for other ADC's like F5, Imperva, Radware, Fortinet, etc. 
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    Also Known As
    F5 Silverline Web Application Firewall, F5 Silverline DDoS Protection
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    Overview

    F5's Advanced WAF is built on proven F5 technology and goes beyond reactive security such as static signatures and reputation to proactively detect and mitigate bots, secure credentials and sensitive data, and defend against application denial-of-service (DoS). Advanced WAF redefines application security to address the most prevalent threats organizations face today.

    Advanced WAF is offered as an appliance, virtual edition, and as a managed service—providing automated WAF services that meet complex deployment and management requirements while protecting your apps with great precision. It is the most effective solution for guarding modern applications and data from existing and emerging threats while maintaining compliance with key regulatory mandates.

    Advanced WAF redefines application security to address the most prevalent threats organizations face today:

    •Web attacks that steal credentials and gain unauthorized access across user accounts.
    •Application layer attacks that evade static security based on reputation and manual signatures.
    •New attack surfaces and threats due to the rapid adoption of APIs.
    •OWASP Top 10 vulnerabilities

    F5's Silverline Managed Services is a SaaS solution delivering DDoS protection, managed Web Application Firewall (WAF) services, and managed Shape Security Fraud and Anti-bot solutions.

    Silverline services include 24x7 access to F5's Security Operations Center (SOC). F5's expert security professionals use F5 products with state-of-the-art security tools to ensure the best protection possible. As an add-on to Silverline DDoS or WAF services, Silverline Threat Intelligence integrates dynamic lists of threatening IP addresses to give context for policy decisions.

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    Sample Customers
    MAXIMUS, Vivo, American Systems, Bangladesh Post Office, City Bank
    City Bank, Ricacorp Properties, Miele, American Systems, Bangladesh Post Office
    Top Industries
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    Financial Services Firm46%
    Non Tech Company15%
    Energy/Utilities Company8%
    Printing Company8%
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    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider26%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Government6%
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    Computer Software Company28%
    Comms Service Provider21%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Insurance Company6%
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    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise33%
    Large Enterprise42%
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    Small Business50%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise38%
    Find out what your peers are saying about F5 Advanced WAF vs. F5 Silverline Managed Services and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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    F5 Advanced WAF is ranked 4th in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 14 reviews while F5 Silverline Managed Services is ranked 10th in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 4 reviews. F5 Advanced WAF is rated 8.4, while F5 Silverline Managed Services is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of F5 Advanced WAF writes "It is very stable as as a load balancer or a web application firewall". On the other hand, the top reviewer of F5 Silverline Managed Services writes "It is flexible and lets you easily apply policies, but it needs to support more PoPs". F5 Advanced WAF is most compared with Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, Fortinet FortiWeb, Imperva Web Application Firewall, NGINX App Protect and Fastly, whereas F5 Silverline Managed Services is most compared with Cloudflare, Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM), Arbor DDoS and Signal Sciences. See our F5 Advanced WAF vs. F5 Silverline Managed Services report.

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