Avi Networks vs. F5 Networks
Modern Load Balancing with Multi-Cloud Application Services

Unlike outdated appliance-based F5 load balancers, Avi Networks takes a modern architectural approach to deliver multi-cloud load balancing and application services across data centers and clouds. Our customers successfully modernize their application delivery with a single platform – no more time and money spent on stitching siloed F5 load balancing solutions for every individual application environment.

Avi is completely agnostic and polyglot. It really doesn’t matter which environment you want to run, you can run Avi on it.
Adam Spencer
Product Owner for Fabric | Deutsche Bank
By reliably and securely delivering our applications, Avi Networks has become a key partner for our adoption of the Azure Cloud Platform.
Brandon Pulsipher
VP, Product Technical Operations | Adobe
Physical application delivery controller (ADC) appliances made sense when there was a one-to-one relationship between applications and servers in an enterprise datacenter, but they are less tenable in cloud environments, where they often are unable to scale up and down elastically to accommodate changing application requirements and traffic patterns.
Brad Casemore
Research Vice President | IDC

3 Key Advantages of Avi Networks over F5:
Software-Defined vs. Traditional Appliance-Based Architecture

Advantage 1:
Single Multi-Cloud Platform vs. Disjointed Point Products

With F5 load balancing methods you don’t have one consistent solution across multi-cloud environments. You are forced to:

  • Deploy siloed solutions across data centers and clouds; spend time and money to retrain your staff
  • Deal with the operational complexities and inconsistencies from disjointed products
  • Trade off between features and flexibility, and hinder application portability


Avi Networks vs F5 Networks

Advantage 2:
Controller vs. Instance Manager

F5 hardware or virtual appliances do NOT offer a real central controller. Avi controller provides these key advantages:

  • A single REST API endpoint – with an API-first approach. Every object is API addressable – not an afterthought
  • A central brain that automates intelligent decisions such as elastic, on-demand autoscaling based on machine learning algorithms
  • An automation framework for the lifecycle management of the load balancing fabric

A software-defined load balancing solution with a central controller is needed because:

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Advantage 3:
Decision Automation vs. Task Scripting

Today’s enterprises need to be application-driven but infrastructure often dictates your application decisions. Avi Networks delivers what F5 automation does not:

  • Automation that’s essential to make intelligent decisions, scale, and operationalize multi-cloud application deployments
  • Closed-loop analytics that help automate decision with over 800 unique application metrics (self-defined)
  • Self-service to empower your DevOps teams with everything-as-a-service experience

Task Scripting Vs. Decision Automation


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7 Key Considerations
Before Your Upcoming F5 or Citrix Load Balancer Refresh

Check out modern load balancing and application services before locking yourself into hardware appliances from F5 networks, multi-year ELAs, and the expensive refresh cycle.

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