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"The solution is very easy to use and easy to understand. It's quite an intuitive system.""Currently, it's distributing the load perfectly, as per my understanding of our requirements.""I think F5's tech support may be better than Citrix's because they mainly focus on the ADC product, but Citrix support covers Hypervisor, XenMobile, FAS, and ADC. And from my experience, sometimes, we face some issues that Citrix cannot handle.""Bandwidth optimization and capacity awareness of the bandwidth are valuable features. Its video streaming capabilities are also very useful.""iRule feature is useful.""The solution is easy to install. It's a straightforward process.""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 iRule feature is very useful for inspecting HTTP. Sometimes, we use it for modifying the headers of the HTTP."

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"The most valuable feature is that there is a link in the system that will help to analyze the security of an application when something abnormal is found.""WAF is useful to track mitigation, inclusion, prevention, and the parametric firewall.""We were looking for a product that is capable of complete automation and a container based solution. It's working.""The most valuable feature is that I can establish different services from the firewall."

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Cons
"Technical support could be faster. It's something I'd like to see them work on in the future.""My only point of contention would be that it is a little pricey.""Technical support is somewhat slow and could be improved.""F5 could improve the rule-setting capabilities in the GUI, and they need to simplify web management. For example, the menus in the Citrix GUI are easier to navigate, with a clean structure and layout.""The user interface could be improved in F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager.""The cost of the solution is pretty high. It would be ideal if it was more reasonable.""The deployment could be simplified.""F5 has another solution to load balance servers on the cloud, which they got after the purchase of NGINX. It is deployed as Kubernetes or something like that, but the problem now is that they have two solutions for two situations. They should make F5 deployable on the cloud."

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"It's challenging if you need to go for a high throughput.""Setting policies and parameters through the UI should be more automated because the process is manual, where we can only edit one rule at a time.""The configuration needs to be more flexible because it is difficult to do things that are outside of the ordinary.""As far as scalability, it takes a long time for deployment."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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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  • "The licensing fees for this solution are pretty expensive for what it does, but there is no alternative."
  • "Our licensing costs are about $40,000 a year."
  • "Really understand the licensing model, because we underestimated that."
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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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    We were looking for a product that is capable of complete automation and a container based solution. It's working.
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    The licensing is yearly, and we have two teams using NGINX App Protect. Just our team has a yearly fee of maybe $25,000. It's not a lot, but it's because we made decisions on the architecture style to… more »
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    The solution is working on OpenShift, but we have the feeling the product was designed not only for OpenShift or a container-based solution to operate. In addition, they have a messy license model… more »
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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
    NGINX WAF, NGINX Web Application Firewall
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    Overview

    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.

    NGINX App Protect application security solution combines the efficacy of advanced F5 web application firewall (WAF) technology with the agility and performance of NGINX Plus. The solution runs natively on NGINX Plus and addresses some of the most difficult challenges facing modern DevOps environments:

    • Integrating security controls directly into the development automation pipeline
    • Applying and managing security for modern and distributed application environments such as containers and microservices
    • Providing the right level of security controls without impacting release and go-to-market velocity
    • Complying with security and regulatory requirements

    NGINX App Protect offers:

    • Expanded security beyond basic signatures to ensure adequate controls
    • F5 app‑security technology for efficacy superior to ModSecurity and other WAFs
    • Confidently run in “blocking” mode in production with proven F5 expertise
    • High‑confidence signatures for extremely low false positives
    • Increases visibility, integrating with third‑party analytics solutions
    • Integrates security and WAF natively into the CI/CD pipeline
    • Deploys as a lightweight software package that is agnostic of underlying infrastructure
    • Facilitates declarative policies for “security as code” and integration with DevOps tools
    • Decreases developer burden and provides feedback loop for quick security remediation
    • Accelerates time to market and reduces costs with DevSecOps‑automated security
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    Sample Customers
    Riken, TransUnion, Tepco Systems Administration, Daejeon University, G&T Bank, Danamon, CyberAgent Inc.
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    Top Industries
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    Comms Service Provider24%
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Computer Software Company9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company26%
    Comms Service Provider23%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Government6%
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    Computer Software Company28%
    Comms Service Provider25%
    Government6%
    Financial Services Firm6%
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    Small Business33%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise52%
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    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise63%
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    Find out what your peers are saying about F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) vs. NGINX App Protect and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
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    F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) is ranked 1st in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) with 35 reviews while NGINX App Protect is ranked 12th in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 4 reviews. F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) is rated 8.2, while NGINX App Protect is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) writes "Very stable and easy to use with a good GUI". On the other hand, the top reviewer of NGINX App Protect writes "A stable system with good security and load balancing". F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) is most compared with Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, Citrix ADC, NGINX Plus, HAProxy and A10 Networks Thunder ADC, whereas NGINX App Protect is most compared with F5 Advanced WAF, AWS WAF, Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, Azure Front Door and Fortinet FortiWeb. See our F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) vs. NGINX App Protect report.

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