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Cisco ACE vs. F5

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Our company is in the process of looking at and want to buy a load balancer for our network to run various things. Some of the main things that it will be used for is our Intranet, our External Web Servers, and some applications. I've talked with our Cisco rep about some of it and they recommend the ACE. One thing I liked about the ACE was the virtual machines, so I can run one load balancer and I can use it in our DMZ and on the Inside network. They said that the F5 can't do that.

What are your experiences using either one of the products? Any pro's or con's that you have encountered using either one of this would help alot. I'm trying to narrow it down so Friday we can look at purchasing one.
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We switched from F5 to a Cisco ACE they are both great at what they do. The main reason we switched is to to keep our support simple just call TAC on problems. The real things you need to look at is your cisco cli skills, the F5 has a simple web front end and the cisco GUI just can't compare. the virtual they are talking about is multiple contexts basically it takes the device and splits it into different logical devices.  Not sure if i would split one on the DMZ and the other context for internal, but i have PCI DSS to deal with. Hope this helps let me know if you need more help or information.
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Is it a great idea to use the ACE accross security tiers
I beleive that Cisco do not recomend using ACE line this ?
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