F5 BIG-IP Short Range - SFP (mini-GBIC) transceiver module - GigE

Mfg.Part: F5-UPG-SFP-R | CDW Part: 1329871 | UNSPSC: 26121600
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  • IP Short Range
  • SFP (mini-GBIC) transceiver module
  • GigE
  • 1000Base-SX
  • field
  • for BIG-IP 6900 Application Switch
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  • IP Short Range
  • SFP (mini-GBIC) transceiver module
  • GigE
  • 1000Base-SX
  • field
  • for BIG-IP 6900 Application Switch
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F5 BIG-IP Short Range - SFP (mini-GBIC) transceiver module - GigE is rated4.60 out of5 by5.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's stable. They could make the licensing more aligned with the business model.What needs improvement?I think the product is a good product. I think where they can improve is in the licensing. It's quite expensive. They could make it more aligned with the business model than with the hardware.For how long have I used the solution?I have been using F5 for about two years.What do I think about the stability of the solution?It is a stable product but sometimes we have some issues. I have other products that are competitors of F5, and they are also good. The performance of F5 so far is good.Usually, because we are responsible for providing high availability, we run our architecture with redundancy. Usually, for example, when I have F5, I have a couple of F5s, the active one and the standby one. Today, I had problems. I don't know what happened; it couldn't reload automatically. The other one assumed that I have problems with my infrastructure. That's unfortunately the life of an operations guy.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?It is scalable and should meet our future requirements.How is customer service and technical support?Technical support is OK. Usually, you don't have direct support from the vendor. You have intermediating in the middle.How was the initial setup?The setup is not straightforward. To set up this product, you must know how to do it. Otherwise, you can't do it. It's not plug and play.What other advice do I have?They could buy it but there are other choices such as Cisco ACE products, as well. We have it. They are also good. F5 are good. Usually, I'm not locked into one vendor.The reality is our bookkeeping department unfortunately has a problem with them. Because of that, I have had some issues concerning getting services from the vendor.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-02-27T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Global DNS, Link Controller, and Server Load Balancer provide our company service with high availability. Internet and cloud support could be improvedWhat is our primary use case?GTM and LTM are the primary uses of the solution. Our company has two active data centers and a data center that is being activated. F5 BIG-IP helps us a lot.How has it helped my organization?Global DNS, Link Controller, and Server Load Balancer provide our company service with high availability.What is most valuable?Valuable features include Link Controller and Server Load Balancer with cloud support and application enhancement security.What needs improvement?Internet and cloud support could be improved. Security enhancement should be more user friendly.For how long have I used the solution?More than five years.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2018-07-11T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The iRules feature helps routing meet our complex application’s architecture. It logs all of the details, which helps troubleshooting.Valuable FeaturesiRules are so helpful in meeting our complex application’s architecture in case of routing. The requests have to be routed according to the cookies and headers of the host name itself. And also we can log the details, which helps us a lot in troubleshooting.Using the “repeat” option when creating multiple virtual servers, we are able to create as many virtual IPs as we can as we go. This reduces a lot of configuration time.Improvements to My OrganizationMy organization has various kinds of routing requirements and we have achieved it using F5’s iRules. Also with different load balancing options, many applications have benefited a lot.Room for ImprovementActive-Standby sync has to be made automatic.All of the F5 boxes have an Active-Standby configuration. Users need to make changes in the Active box, but often users by mistake make changes in the Standby box. This creates problems when syncing between Active and Standby. There should be some indication from the F5 tool to avoid such mistakes.Use of SolutionI have used it for the past year.Customer Service and Technical SupportAll of the support I require is available on the internet.Other AdviceThe BigIP F5 tool is applicable to all types of infrastructure. I would recommend this tool to others.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-08-31T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Helps us recognize sessions from certain IPs that are authorized to manage our applicationWhat is our primary use case?We use it as an LTM and as a reverse proxy to publish web services.How has it helped my organization?It helps us recognize sessions from certain IPs that are authorized to manage the application. This is a function we haven't found anywhere else.What is most valuable?The most helpful thing is that it's open-source. It's very easy to program and customize.What needs improvement?Logging is a bit of a problem. Logging and monitoring are only in plain text. You have to search and you have to know what you are searching for to find anything. So of course, monitoring and getting alerts for abnormal situations is hard. There are no tools for monitoring and alerts. If you have problems and you need to diagnose them, you really have to know what you're looking for in order to find it.Logging and monitoring could be something out-of-the-box that are more accessible.For how long have I used the solution?Three to five years.What do I think about the stability of the solution?Stability is one of the advantages. It's very stable.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?We haven't bumped into scalability issues. The limitation is actually through licensing. Throughput is limited by licensing. We had an error with the license and we reached the limit but we fixed that. But there has never been trouble with the capacity or scalability.How is customer service and technical support?I have never used technical support directly. I use F5 through integration services and there were a few times they didn't know how to resolve an issue and they had to turn to support. But there were answers every time.Which solutions did we use previously?We used Microsoft Gateway called CMG. This product was end-of-life, they decided to kill the product. We switched because there is no other solution that does the same thing.How was the initial setup?It was complex compared to the Microsoft system. But after we learned the product and understood how it works, it worked seamlessly.What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?We only use a fraction of the capabilities of F5. There are different modules that we have heard others speak highly of, but we don't want to use them locally. It's an on-premise server. For example, there is a WAF (web application firewall) model and others that we don't use.It's not a cheap product, but there are no other replacements for what we do with it.Which other solutions did I evaluate?We checked other options, but nothing could deliver the solution we need.What other advice do I have?I would advise excessive testing before moving to production. It's a new product, it's a "language." You have to learn the product thoroughly before you really can implement it.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2018-07-30T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It renders policy-based security management but requires improvement in policy-based controlWhat is our primary use case?We are primarily using it for load balancing, and with BIG-IQ managing Layer 7 security policies.How has it helped my organization?We did get good flexibility as well as the capabilities to accept declarative API and create per app dashboard and create a better view on the telemetry dashboard.What is most valuable?* Cloud templates* Declarative onboarding* API service gateway* Policy-based security management.What needs improvement?Services to be improved:* Multi-cloud consistency, like to simplify administration with centralized policies with multi-cloud vendors* F5 lateral scalability within the container is still restricted.* Web application firewalls and service mesh would be a nice-to-have feature.* Drive programmable application with 100% restful API* Cover deployment* Monitoring* Policy-based control.For how long have I used the solution?Trial/evaluations only.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2019-02-19T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The integration and configuration into the AWS environment was pretty good. However, we are ending up with a whole bunch of ghosted IPs.What is our primary use case?We use it for low balancing.It has been in our environment for four to five years, but I have only been using it for a little over a year.What is most valuable?* The detail that you have available when setting up iRules.* How the traffic routing works in F5.What needs improvement?The management process seems a bit difficult.The management interface is unclear, complex, and not concise. I would like a better user interface.For integration with other AWS environments, we do some tie-ins with some autoscaling groups. This has been challenging for us. We have had issues, where when autoscaling groups scale up, there are some instances which are not showing up in the proper size. Then, those IPs would get registered with F5, but never get released. Therefore, we are ending up with a whole bunch of ghosted IPs. However, this is more an implementation detail than an F5 detail.For how long have I used the solution?One to three years.What do I think about the stability of the solution?It is very stable. I have no concerns regarding stability for F5.We are seasonal, so we go from low to high volumes. F5 has never been a concern of ours for stability.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?We run an Active-Active version of two instances, so scalability between the on-premise and AWS versions hasn't been a huge issue for us. Where we are finding the AWS version helpful is when we are trying to scale up new environments. AWS Marketplace helps here a lot.How is customer service and technical support?We have support agreements in place, but they are managed by the infrastructure team. I do not contact the technical support, they do.How was the initial setup?The integration and configuration into the AWS environment was pretty good.Which other solutions did I evaluate?The product was already in place when I came onboard.My preference is to use AWS natively, but there are some issues around session management and so on, which have prevented us from using it. While a lot of these issues have been solved, a lot of our applications are tied to the F5 infrastructure.What other advice do I have?Always use the Automatic Synching between F5. Don't try to use the API to do the synching. This is where we went wrong. We were trying to push the nodes to F5 individually instead of letting F5 handle the synchronization process, and it doesn't work.We were previously using the on-premise version, but now we are using the AWS version. They are about the same as far as functionality.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2018-12-09T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Along with load balancing, we perform a lot of packet inspections, URL rewriting, and SSL interceptions via iRuleWhat is our primary use case?We are using it primarily for load balancing. We also make great use of SSL interception (offloading and onloading), packet inspection, rewriting, and DNS wide IP.How has it helped my organization?It is a very good, flexible solution. It helps us to catch up on flaws in our partner solutions on top of its load balancing feature.What is most valuable?Along with load balancing, we perform a lot of packet inspections, URL rewriting, and SSL interceptions via iRule.What needs improvement?I would recommend that the cost be lowered.User tracking: Needs to provide a visual interface to follow a customer's activity (from client to BIG-IP to SNAT IP to the chosen server, then back). Today, we are still performing packet captures.For how long have I used the solution?Three to five years.What do I think about the stability of the solution?Not so far.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?Not so far.How is customer service and technical support?So far, we have not had to contact them.Which solutions did we use previously?We previously used Cisco ACE, which has very limited features.How was the initial setup?The initial setup is straightforward. The GUI interface is user-friendly.Software upgrades have been performed by F5 teams.What about the implementation team?The initial migration was done by our technical team.The last implementation was done by the F5 team. I would rate them as a nine out of 10. I am not giving a 10 because we encountered some difficulties with the software upgrade from version 11 to version 12.What was our ROI?ROI is four years.What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?If you are planning to use security features, better to go for strong hardware and the best bundle license, which is great for web security.Which other solutions did I evaluate?No.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2018-04-26T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We use it’s LTM feature for many applications, especially HTTP and HTTPS. A bug in the firmware caused hardware failures.Valuable FeaturesLTM is a full-reverse proxy, handling connections from clients. The F5 LTM uses Virtual Services (VSs) and Virtual IPs (VIPs) to configure a load balancing setup for a service. We have used this feature in many applications, especially for HTTP and HTTPS.Room for ImprovementThere is room for improvement with their firmware quality control. A bug in the firmware caused hardware failures.Use of SolutionI have been using it for one year.Stability IssuesUnfortunately, we faced hardware failures and a lot of other problems, as well.With the hardware failure problem, we faced a management problem via the GUI. We could only manage the device through the CLI. The issue was caused by a firmware bug.In addition, health check statistics like CPU and memory utilization were not correct.It is F5’s responsibility to solve those problems, and I don’t know how they can release firmware with such bugs to their customers.Customer Service and Technical SupportF5 support can be rated low on the scale, as there is a problem regarding handover between their engineers when we follow-up with them about some technical cases.Other AdviceI recommend considering NetScaler ( https://www.itcentralstation.com/products/citrix-netscaler-adc ), as well.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-08-31T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It supports APIs and virtual additions for cloud and VMwareWhat is our primary use case?We use it for load balancing and routing.How has it helped my organization?It supports APIs and virtual additions for cloud and VMware.It integrates with various firewall and networking devices along with application services, and it works fine.What is most valuable?* Routing* Load balancingWhat needs improvement?* Cloud native integration should be provided.* Native support for containers should be added to future releases, as this is the future of load balancing.For how long have I used the solution?More than five years.What do I think about the stability of the solution?The stability is great. We put our production load on it, which is very stressful.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?Scalability has been great. We have thousands of severs. F5 has scaled very well.How is customer service and technical support?They provide average enterprise technical support.Which other solutions did I evaluate?I also evaluated Cisco, but chose F5 because it had better features in terms of load balancing. I liked the various features in F5, including input/output routing, load balancing, and global load balancing.What other advice do I have?Explore the API support and integration with the open source products. Those are the key thing to analyze. F5 are the experts in their area.I use the on-premise version.Disclaimer: IT Central Station contacted the reviewer to collect the review and to validate authenticity. The reviewer was referred by the vendor, but the review is not subject to editing or approval by the vendor.
Date published: 2018-12-11T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from With the roll back option, I can view the last things which happened on the deviceWhat is our primary use case?We have around 12 data centers. On average, in every data center, we have 14 to 15 F5 load balancers. We manage everything from a central location, then we deploy policy for use, giving us a place for our control managers.What is most valuable?I have Big-IP change and control manager, which give me the roll back option. Therefore, I can view the last things which happened on the device.What needs improvement?In future, I would like there to be more device security. I would like the tool to support SSL links, along with SSL and TLS. It also needs to disable the old cipher suite, which is a very old. There are ciphers, like D5, still available on the device.For how long have I used the solution?Three to five years.What do I think about the stability of the solution?We have faced security stability issues, but we work around it.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?It is very scalable.How is customer service and technical support?F5 tech support is helpful. I would rate the technical support with an eight out of 10.Which solutions did we use previously?We used to have Cisco, then we have Citrix NetScaler. The Citrix NetScaler is just a load balancer. It did not me the complete ADC features. That is why F5 is the king of load balancing.How was the initial setup?The initial setup was pretty straightforward; not complex.What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?Security should be involved in any base license. When you bring on F5, you only have default license. Then, the ASM product license has to be purchased. It would be great if F5 could include the ASM in the base license.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2018-08-02T00:00:00-04:00