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Richard Hussain
Real User
Solutions Architect, Virtualization
May 29 2018

What is most valuable?

As an architect, I have deployed it in so many areas. Some like to use the SSL portion of it, others, they use the load-balancing. It does a lot more than what people use it for. The one feature that… more»

What needs improvement?

The customization has always been a key area where some improvements are required. In the beginning, everything was for customizing the outer shell of it. You had to use the command-based utility and… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It is true that it is a bit pricey compared to newer technologies coming to the market. For example, A10 is a load balancer that does everything that Citrix can and it does a lot more than what… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

It's not that I have used other solutions, it's just that in most environments where I have had to do my job or to come up with solutions as a solutions architect, the preferred technology was… more»

What other advice do I have?

Every product keeps improving every day and every year. The reason this has been a big technology piece in most data centers is because of the uniqueness of what it does. It's a beast of a technology… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

As a solutions architect, when I go to a customer and they tell me: these are the things that we want to do and this is the budget we have, depending upon their budget, I have to choose what is… more»
Reseller
User at a logistics company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Apr 02 2019

What is most valuable?

I can turn on features without actually owning a license. I can test them out, I can use them for a while, and then I can be licensed up. That's awesome. I don't have to have a license immediately… more»

How has it helped my organization?

For some of my deployments, NetScaler has been strictly a replacement to get something new in. It was cheaper than F5. We took a chance on it. The return on investment is the fact that we spent less… more»

What needs improvement?

From an SDX perspective, having the ability to spin up a VPX, the way we spin up our regular features, quickly and have a 60-day trial while we spin up VPXs will give us the opportunity to do more… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

There are the regular license costs and you also have to pay for licenses if you want more DPXs or whatever. A standard DPX is fairly cheap. It's around $7,000.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

NetScaler does the same thing as an F5 and it's cheaper.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate it an eight out of ten because nobody is a ten. I would give it a nine if it was a little easier to pick up. Out of the box it's easy. Anybody who's an engineer can usually pick it up or… more»
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OMKaewsaenchai
Real User
Total Solution System Engineer at AMR Asia Co., Ltd.
Apr 10 2019

What is most valuable?

It mobilizes everything in and out, leading over bandwidth and manages all of the applications. We use it for front-end crafting.

How has it helped my organization?

For desktop application management, I recommend the NetScaler edition. This product is like a Swiss army knife. Citrix NetScaler ADC supports the education front-end.

What needs improvement?

There are a lot of features. It has to keep up with the demands of the network for complete file management. Citrix should improve the documentation. It is not really clear how to set up many features… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Licensing is adequate. I wanted to have a more prominent license, but until I do they don't give enough support. The additional cost would be too much. If NetScaler is broken, we can open tickets very… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We started as a Citrix client at first. We used NetScaler in the very beginning. For a long time, we have only used this one product.

What other advice do I have?

Citrix NetScaler already has tons of features, already too many. We want any new advanced features that they release. One thing that scares me is that with existing products, Citrix does not have… more»
Vitor Arruda
Real User
IT Infrastructure Analyst at WEG
Apr 10 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the management and application delivery for Layer 7 traffic.

How has it helped my organization?

The product has helped us a lot with load balancing because we had limited experience with it.

What needs improvement?

At the current time, the solution is not missing any features that I would like to have implemented.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We have a yearly licencing fee, and there are no additional costs.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Prior to this, we used the Cisco ACE solution until the product was discontinued.

What other advice do I have?

Customers need to look to the future and purchase the right model for their necessities. A new license can be purchased, rather than additional boxes. I would rate this… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We used Cisco ACE, and they were the ones who recommended that we switch to this solution. We took their advice and we are pleased with it.
Real User
Sr. Network Systems Engineer at a manufacturing company with 51-200 employees
May 21 2018

What is most valuable?

The features I find most useful are * Load Balancing * GSLB * Unified Gateway. I love being able to terminate connections to the boxes and look at all of the packet headers to determine which way I want to send the traffic next. GSLB provides amazing ability to do active/active or active/passive… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The GSLB feature allows us to move services between data centers. We can do this in either a planned or unplanned manner. We have experienced service provider outages at our primary data center and GSLB will kick in to automatically modify DNS records to point to a secondary data center… more»

What needs improvement?

The main areas for improvement would be around documentation and support. If a feature can be used in two or three ways, show that feature being used in all of those ways. Documentation seems to only cover the primary use case and leaves you to either run through trial and error or consult the user… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would rate the NetScaler a nine out of 10. It is a fantastic platform to work with and the features/functionality are top-notch. The only ding would be for the documentation, but the user community is fantastic.
Real User
Solution Architect with 10,001+ employees
Aug 05 2018

What is most valuable?

* Global servers * Load balancing We need multi-site and DNS failover.

How has it helped my organization?

We use it for Citrix NetScaler MPX deployments. It is being used for publishing Citrix XenApp, mostly for load balancing, but we have been evaluating solutions for deploying it in multi-data centers.

What needs improvement?

It is difficult to customize. It is more difficult to customize than F5, for example. They have custom iRules that you can write for customized situations. I would like to see more integration for… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We have been evaluating F5, Citrix, and other ADC products. Citrix is the most expense of all of them.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We used Windows Network Low Balancing.

What other advice do I have?

You need to have somebody who understands application delivery controllers and all their features. If you don't have someone, I would highly recommend training in professional services to help out… more»
Samar Choudhury
Real User
Assistant Vice President at Nagarro
Apr 10 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the capability of performing load balancing in a virtual environment.

How has it helped my organization?

We are able to offer more support to our customers.

What needs improvement?

They need to implement and integrate security solutions. Specifically, a web application firewall.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I recommend this product to customers because they have a ninety day free-trial period. This is a good solution for people who also have a budget constraint. We have a five year platinum licensing… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Some of our clients use the F5 load balancing solution, but that is only ten to fifteen of approximately fourteen hundred clients.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this product eight out of ten.
RakeshAnkam
Real User
Solutions Architect at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 06 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature would be the Citrix permanent server. It is cost-effective, if you consider the permanent server. Also, the management is easy with no downtimes.

What needs improvement?

There are some features which are missing. What I am looking for is something like OneDrive. We are facing an issue with OneDrive on the XenApp and XenDesktop. We can't use OneDrive with what we have. So, a fully, operational OneDrive… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I have been working with Citrix technology for the last 10 to 13 years. We have not switched solutions during this time.

What other advice do I have?

We are using Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop, but we are planning to now expand into the same product. Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: * Cost * Performance * Stability * Scalability * High availability.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Currently, we are evaluating the cost prospective from the BDA cost prospective. We are evaluating Microsoft and Citrix as they are the leaders in this solution. If you compare Citrix and Microsoft RemoteApp, Citrix is the best compared to… more»
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