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F5 vs HAProxy: What are the differences?

## Key Differences between F5 and HAProxy

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1. **License Cost**: F5 typically has a cost associated with it for both hardware and licensing, while HAProxy is open-source and free to use, making it more cost-effective for many organizations.
2. **Scalability**: F5 is known for its ability to scale to very large environments, handling high volumes of traffic efficiently, while HAProxy may require additional configuration and resources to achieve the same level of scalability.
3. **Feature Set**: F5 offers a wide range of advanced features such as SSL offloading, advanced security capabilities, and comprehensive load balancing algorithms, while HAProxy provides a more lightweight solution with a focus on core load balancing capabilities.
4. **Support and Documentation**: F5 typically offers dedicated support options and comprehensive documentation, which can be appealing for organizations requiring high levels of support, while HAProxy relies more on community support and may have limited official documentation.
5. **Ease of Use**: F5 is known for its user-friendly graphical interface and intuitive configuration options, making it easier for less experienced users to set up and manage, while HAProxy may require a higher level of expertise to configure and maintain.
6. **High Availability and Redundancy**: F5 often comes with built-in high availability and redundancy features, making it easier to set up a highly available infrastructure, while HAProxy may require additional configurations or third-party tools to achieve similar levels of redundancy.

In Summary, F5 and HAProxy differ in terms of cost, scalability, feature set, support, ease of use, and high availability capabilities.
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Pros of F5
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      Load balancer
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      High performance
    • 69
      Very fast
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      Proxying for tcp and http
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      SSL termination
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      Open source
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      Reliable
    • 20
      Free
    • 18
      Well-Documented
    • 12
      Very popular
    • 7
      Runs health checks on backends
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      Suited for very high traffic web sites
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      Scalable
    • 5
      Ready to Docker
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      Powers many world's most visited sites
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      Simple
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      Ssl offloading
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      Work with NTLM
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      Available as a plugin for OPNsense
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      Redis

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    Cons of F5
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        Becomes your single point of failure

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      What is F5?

      It powers apps from development through their entire life cycle, so our customers can deliver differentiated, high-performing, and secure digital experiences.

      What is HAProxy?

      HAProxy (High Availability Proxy) is a free, very fast and reliable solution offering high availability, load balancing, and proxying for TCP and HTTP-based applications.

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