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"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.""Good application firewall.""The solution is very easy to use and easy to understand. It's quite an intuitive system.""iRule feature is useful.""F5 has many capabilities for load balancing and web application firewall features.""The main reason that we suggest this product to our clients is the great integration with other security tools, such as IBM Guardium."

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"The ZPA is a unique feature which offers VPN along with all the additional security needed."

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Cons
"My only point of contention would be that it is a little pricey.""The initial setup can take a long time.""Technical support is somewhat slow and could be improved.""The web interface could be better.""The pricing could always be better. It's a bit expensive.""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.""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.""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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"It's an expensive solution."

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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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    Questions from the Community
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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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    Netskope is a great product.  I haven't looked at Zscaler yet.
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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

    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.

    Zscaler Private Access delivers policy-based, secure access to private applications and assets without the cost, hassle, or security risks of a VPN. Using the Zscaler App, users can now get all of the benefits of Zscaler’s Cloud Security Platform for Internet traffic, as well as granular, policy-based access to internal resources from a single point.

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    Sample Customers
    Riken, TransUnion, Tepco Systems Administration, Daejeon University, G&T Bank, Danamon, CyberAgent Inc.
    NOV, Growmark, Paychex, MAN Energy Solutions
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    Comms Service Provider24%
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Computer Software Company9%
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    Computer Software Company26%
    Comms Service Provider23%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Government6%
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    Comms Service Provider19%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Government6%
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    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise52%
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    Midsize Enterprise20%
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    F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) is ranked 1st in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) with 35 reviews while Zscaler Private Access is ranked 5th in ZTNA as a Service with 1 review. F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) is rated 8.2, while Zscaler Private Access is rated 10.0. 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 Zscaler Private Access writes "Provides us with ease of access to VPN while providing security for our networks". F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) is most compared with Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, Citrix ADC, NGINX Plus, HAProxy and Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client, whereas Zscaler Private Access is most compared with Prisma Access by Palo Alto Networks, Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client, Okta Workforce Identity, Perimeter 81 and Check Point Remote Access VPN.

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