F5 Networks BIG-IP 5250v Security Appliance

Mfg.Part: F5-BIG-BT-5250V | CDW Part: 3270288 | UNSPSC: 43222501
  • Security appliance
  • 8 ports
  • 10 GigE
  • AC 90
  • 240 V
  • 1U
  • F5 VAULT Security Program
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F5 Networks BIG-IP 5250v Security Appliance
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  • Security appliance
  • 8 ports
  • 10 GigE
  • AC 90
  • 240 V
  • 1U
  • F5 VAULT Security Program
  • rack-mountable
The BIG-IP family of products offers the application intelligence network managers need to ensure applications are fast, secure and available. All BIG-IP products share a common underlying architecture, F5's Traffic Management Operating System (TMOS), which provides unified intelligence, flexibility and programmability. Together, BIG-IP's powerful platforms, advanced modules, and centralized management system make up the most comprehensive set of application delivery tools in the industry.

The advanced mid-range BIG-IP 5000 series unifies application delivery in a 1U, cost-effective platform. The BIG-IP 5200v has leading L7 and SSL performance while offering hardware accelerated DDoS mitigation.

F5 Networks BIG-IP 5250v Security Appliance is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hardware and software partitioning enable us to deploy multiple instances, two vCMPs Primary Use CaseWe’re a systems integration company. We propose this solution mostly to our banking customers and large enterprise clients, so that they can load-balance their core banking applications and their main applications.It also provides proxying, the client cannot directly access the server. BIG-IP ( /products/f5-big-ip ) is a proxy between the user and the server, so the client cannot make connections directly to servers. They land on F5 BIG-IP ( /products/f5-big-ip ) and then F5 creates connections on servers on behalf of clients.We use the solution for smarter, safer, and reliable connectivity.Improvements to My OrganizationIt has multi-tenancy features, like hardware clustering. It has software partitioning so that you can partition F5. For example, in my recent deployments, I deployed F5 in a bank where they had two load balancers. One was Cisco Ace and the other was Citrix Netscaler.We created two instances, two vCMP Virtual Clustered Multiprocessing, two hardware partitions in F5, one for Ace and one for Citrix. We migrated all applications which were on Ace to the Ace partition, and we migrated all applications which were on Citrix to the Citrix partition. Further, we created the outgoing internet and software partitions, and it has application visibility, reporting functions.Valuable FeaturesIt has so many features. First of all, it has a full proxy architecture, it has multiple modules. The best feature is the WAF ( /categories/web-application-security ), the web application firewall module. It also has cashing type capabilities. It has all kinds of load-balancing algorithms based on your IT requirements.So the WAF ( /categories/web-application-security ) and load balancing. Both are core features of BIG-IP.In every environment, you have a Web application firewall, you have internet firewalls. Then, traffic comes into your datacenter so that you have datacenter firewalls. F5 has everything.It provides first-tier firewalling, for you application. And it provides server load-balancing, it provides optimization, and it provides a proxy feature, where your users cannot directly access your server. It acts as a fully proxy architecture. It has client-side and server-side connections, both, and they're separate.It also has an AVR feature: application, visibility, and recording. It's good for customers looking for what is actually happening in their network and where the latency is. If I'm using iDirect, the bank branch is connecting to my core banking application, but if the clients are finding that the application is slow, it has TCP LAN and WAN optimization features. It has has caching.Room for ImprovementThe room for improvement is that the product is a little costly. I live in the Third World, Pakistan. We have budget constraints, even in big enterprise servers. My team said that this product is too costly, and why don't we go with another product, we should do a comparative analysis with Citrix and F5.I told them that is costly, but it has rich features, the support is good, the features are reliable, and the technical assistance center, the tech support, is almost perfect.Still, I would say they need to cut their prices for countries or regions that we live in.The one gap I saw was that pure LBN integration is a little tricky. The insertion of F5 in LBN is a little tricky. They need to work on something, on products by which they can insert F5 in any sort of cloud environment. These are not really big things.They are continuously improving. They are improving day by day, and they are the number-one load balancer.Use of SolutionMore than five years.Stability IssuesIt is a stable product. It runs on TMOS, traffic management operating system. This is very stable.If they see that an upgrade required, they provide you the release and they provide you the release notes, so you can upgrade your TMOS version and at any time. You can also open a case and they can guide you on how to upgrade your TMOS version.They also keep an eye on vulnerability. If there is a bug or any sort of vulnerability in their operating system, they will immediately release an update. So the product is so much more stable compared to any load balancers on the planet at the moment.Scalability IssuesIt has that scalability for adding more F5, N + 1.It's scalable, and it has more functions than a service. At the same time, this device can run access policy manager, it has Web application firewall, datacenter switching to DR sites. It has a modular approach actually. It gives you what you want.Customer Service and Technical SupportThey are very professional. They are highly skilled people.Initial SetupIt is neither simple nor complex. It all depends on what kind of situations you are in. My last deployment was a little bit complex but previous deployments were very simple.We did hardware partitioning and software partitioning for a multi-tenancy concept, where every application owner has its own load balancing instance within F5. So it all depends on how you deploy a device and it depends on your planning.If you want a simple deployment you can do so. You can create multiple virtual servers on F5 BIG-IP technology, and within multiple virtual servers you can have multiple nodes, where a node equals two application servers.It can be deployed in a complex manner and it can be deployed in a very simple manner, it all depends on your choice.It has a rapid deployment feature to deploy Microsoft Exchange load balancing. It has automation. You can simply click on Microsoft Exchange 2016 Email Server. Tclick on it and tell F5 about server IPs, and it goes automatically.ROI24 x 7 always on applications without any down time.Other Solutions ConsideredBrocade ADX ( /products/brocade-adx ).Other AdviceF5 is the number-one application delivery controller, plus they are the number-one Web application firewall, together in the market right now. So what else do you want from them? Whenever we go and pitch this solution to our customers, we tell them that we are not selling you just a load balancer. We are selling you application delivery controllers, and Web application firewalls.I give it 9.5 out of 10. It's a really costly product and smaller organizations cannot afford this solution, so it's hard to sell a plan. But once the customer has it, this product is a 10.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:Partner.
Date published: 2018-09-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from iRule performs some traffic control and management functions that are not supported out of the box. Valuable Features:iRule: It's a great feature that helped us multiple times have an advantage over competition (during POCs) performing some traffic control/management functions that are not supported out of the box. Use Case: One client was deploying a new web app, where video/chat Traffic is configured over the SOCKS protocol. We used iRule to disable the WAF Inspection when a SOCKS protocol packet passed through (because it is not supported), and enable the WAF Inspection for all other URLs on the same Web page. (No other vendor in our region was able to provide that.)Appliance Performance: One of the main advantages we always have over competition is in hardware performance, where the smallest F5 appliances ( https://www.itcentralstation.com/vendors/f5 ) compete with competitors’ medium to high-end appliances, while high-end devices can sit in the datacenter without risking performance degradation.Room for Improvement:* Reporting: One of the negative things about F5 is there is no place to generate a summary/executive/detailed report about everything happening on the box, especially for WAF & APM events. The only way to get some kind of report is enable the AVR module, and manually export the data required into PDF/XLS documents.* GUI interface: F5 appliances lack a standard dashboard page, where it shows a summary for all events on the boxes. (This is usually available with firewalls & IPSs...) In the F5 GUI, we have to perform multiple steps to reach the required info, but there is no simple (and attractive) GUI interface when compared to some other WAF competitors.* Event notificationsUse of Solution:As F5 Partners, we've been selling this solution for five years.Stability Issues:I have not encountered any stability issues. It is a very stable product, even in big, high-load deployments. What I mean is that all F5 Hardware appliances are very stable and does not cause any performance degradation or failure when it has a high load (Of course a supported load).We have deployment for different modules of F5 (LTM, ASM, CGNAT...) in Data Centers and in Telco's Public network, and we have never heard any complaints or of issues from our clients regarding the performance. - no packet drops, delays or disconnections.Scalability Issues:We only encountered issues with small appliances, 2000s, when we needed to add more than two modules...Technical Support:Technical support ( https://www.itcentralstation.com/products/f5-big-ip/by_topic/technical_support ) is great.Previous Solutions:We previously used Cisco ACE (for load balancing & WAF). We switched because the Cisco ACE solution features were very basic compared to F5. Plus, the solutions line was discontinued several years ago.Initial Setup:Initial setup is straightforward; easy deployment with lots of available online documentation.Cost and Licensing Advice:F5 Prices are considered higher then competitive solutions, but performance & features are worth the extra money.Other Advice:F5 is a very stable and recommended product, whether needed on the internet edge or inside the data center. It can provide different application delivery solutions, such as:* Load balancing* Web application firewall* Access policy manager* Web fraud* DDOS protectionDisclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It was designed by keeping in mind that newbies configure it, and it is properly documented. Valuable Features:I have been working on the LTM and GTM line and both of the products are awesome. I would consider the WideIP and Zone Runner feature of GTM extremely useful. While LTM has SNAT and Virtual IP that keeps its pride going.For the overall product, I would say provisioning is a good feature. There are other modules, too, which are good and people might want to try, such as APM and ASM. They are used for firewall and SSL VPN.Improvements to My Organization:This has helped us to build robust solutions for what my company does. We are fond of the load balancing feature for DNS and servers.Room for Improvement:The only area that has room for improvement would be pricing, so that its competitors don't have a say. Other than that, the v11 clustering is a new technology they have brought in that doesn’t require improvement. They are the leader in it.Use of Solution:I have used this product for around three years.Stability Issues:We did not find any stability issues while working. But bugs are the part of program and they are fixed with every release, as with any vendor.Scalability Issues:I have not encountered any scalability issues.Technical Support:We did not require technical support much, as the product has good documentation. However, the experience with support as compared to other vendors was not that excellent. But it is usable.Previous Solutions:Regarding load balancing, this was our first product.Initial Setup:Initial setup is tricky if you don’t understand the design of this product. But if you do understand it, initial setup is straightforward.Cost and Licensing Advice:This product is costly from a licensing perspective, considering its competitors. There is where it lost a rating point from me.If your IT budget is good, go for it.Other Advice:Attend a training class before trying to deploy it, or at least refer to online videos on their portal, as this would make it fairly easy for you.It is one of the best and easiest load-balancing solution. The product was designed by keeping in mind that newbies configure it, and it is properly documented.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review about F5 BIG-IP Valuable Features:Creating VPN'sDisclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-10-03
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