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"It has helped us to increase the resiliency of the application and the performance.""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 before I can start to deploy things rapidly, rapid deployment is a plus.""Very stable.""Helped us a lot with load balancing.""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.""My customers have told me that the performance of this solution is good.""The solution is very stable. We don't have any downtime or issues of that nature.""The solution was very easy to deploy."

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"We're able to do load balancing and global load balancing. When you marry those two products together, you can do a lot more. We're able to deliver our applications more securely and faster. It has improved our deliverability where we have more service across the shared data centers. We can intelligently reach all of those client connections across all of the servers and do it fairly quickly. It has helped improve our application delivery and performance.""F5 BIG-IP is used with good applications and functions as an application firewall with additional features. We will not use any feature or any service unless there is a business case and there is a need for implementation.""Traffic Learning is the most valuable feature.""Good application firewall.""The most valuable feature is the proxy.""iRule feature is useful.""F5 has many capabilities for load balancing and web application firewall features.""We always use technical support and the team helps us very well. They're able to effectively find and fix issues and they respond very quickly."

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"The technical support has room for improvement.""I would like to see them make it easier to do some of the more complex things. For example, a web re-direct requires two pieces to it. You have two ports and when people want to go to a web page, they just type in the webpage that on the backend it will redirect them to a secure link. The initial setup of that is cumbersome because you have to do it twice. There are things that can be replicated. The IP address, for example, is the same. This change would go a long way. Don't make me do it twice and don't make me have to read tons of documentation to figure out how to do it. Ease of configuration for some of the more complex processes would be a good improvement.""Does not include security. A web application firewall would be a nice addition.""Technical support sometimes takes a little longer because of the multilevel ticket priority.""Citrix should improve the documentation. It is not really clear how to set up many features to our advantage. When we setup Citrix NetScaler ADC, we have to figure it out by ourselves without a lot of documentation.""I would like to see multifactor authentication added to this solution to improve the security.""The solution is a bit more expensive than some of the available solutions in this region. One solution in particular that I noticed was cheaper was Kemp.""We have issues with the certificates. All authorization processes need certificates, however, every three months we needed to change certificates. This process iss complicated for us because Citrix does not have a not user-friendly interface and does not off user-friendly services. This needs a lot of improvement."

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"I would like to see improvement in the manageability and easier setup.""There are issues with F5 BIG-IP but they are minor issues not affecting production and services. Sometimes the operations and the facility systems fail. However, there is an alert action from the windows. An ordeal for the manager.""The license terms for "non-commercial" will be a challenge for us.""The license terms for "non-commercial" will are challenging for us.""This is a very expensive solution.""It's a very expensive solution.""If they made it easier for engineers to get F5 training then it would be better.""Reporting could be improved and configuration made easier."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"You get the value for your money. There aren't any hidden fees.""NetScaler does the same thing as an F5 and it's cheaper.""Ninety day free trial makes it easy to try out this solution.""We have a yearly licencing fee, and there are no additional costs.""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.""Citrix NetScaler VPX is not the cheapest solution out there, but you get what you pay for.""The licensing costs for this solution vary depending on which model is being used.""Our licensing fees including technical support are approximately $3,500 USD."

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"They are expensive.""There are additional costs depending on what modules or what functionality is required.""F5 pricing is too high, compared to Citrix.""When we purchased additional licenses for our other locations, we received a discount of between 20% and 25%.""F5 BIG-IP can be expensive, although there are trial versions available which are helpful to find out if the solution is right for your company.""The price should be reduced because it is expensive when compared to the competition."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The most valuable feature is the content switching.
Top Answer: ADC from Citrix has added functionalities from other products and the usability is very difficult for someone who is used to a simpler user interface, it's a little bit of a mess to use. In terms of… more »
Top Answer: Performance parameters if of Imperva X10K and BIG-IP i2600 may be checked in the following links: https://www.imperva.com/resources/datasheets/Imperva-DS-SECURESPHERE-APPLIANCE-Web092118-1.pdf… more »
Top Answer: Apart from throughout consideration. Radware license charges based on throughput and F5 charges based on features only. For example, if you buy F5 with an appliance throughput of 10g that throughput… more »
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NetScaler, Citrix NetScaler VPXBIG-IP, BIG-IP LTM, F5 ASM, Viprion, F5 BIG-IP Virtual Edition , Crescendo Networks Application Delivery Controller, BIG IP
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Overview

Citrix ADC is an application delivery controller (ADC) that accelerates application performance, enhances application availability with advanced L4-7 load balancing, secures mission-critical apps from attacks and lowers server expenses by offloading computationally intensive tasks.

The BIG-IP family of products offers the application intelligence that network managers need to ensure applications are fast, secure, and available. All BIG-IP products share a common underlying architecture, F5's Traffic Management Operating System (TMOS), which provides unified intelligence, flexibility, and programmability. Together, BIG-IP's powerful platforms, advanced modules, and centralized management system make up the most comprehensive set of application delivery tools in the industry.
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Sample Customers
ABB Schweiz, Aer Lingus, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Amnet Technology Solutions, Aramex International, Ascenty, Atos, AutodeskRiken, TransUnion, Tepco Systems Administration, Daejeon University, G&T Bank, Danamon, CyberAgent Inc.
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Financial Services Firm22%
Manufacturing Company15%
Healthcare Company11%
Comms Service Provider11%
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Computer Software Company32%
Comms Service Provider19%
Government6%
Media Company5%
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Comms Service Provider24%
Financial Services Firm20%
Manufacturing Company10%
Energy/Utilities Company7%
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Computer Software Company29%
Comms Service Provider22%
Financial Services Firm7%
Government6%
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Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise27%
Large Enterprise45%
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Find out what your peers are saying about Citrix ADC vs. F5 BIG-IP and other solutions. Updated: January 2021.
456,495 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Citrix ADC is ranked 4th in Application Delivery Controllers with 21 reviews while F5 BIG-IP is ranked 1st in Application Delivery Controllers with 17 reviews. Citrix ADC is rated 8.2, while F5 BIG-IP is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Citrix ADC writes "Has the ability to turn on features without owning a license to test them out and use for a while ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of F5 BIG-IP writes "Stable and easy to set up with good anti-bot protection". Citrix ADC is most compared with HAProxy, Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, A10 Networks Thunder ADC, Kemp LoadMaster and NGINX Plus, whereas F5 BIG-IP is most compared with HAProxy, A10 Networks Thunder ADC, Fortinet FortiWeb, NGINX Plus and Microsoft Azure Application Gateway. See our Citrix ADC vs. F5 BIG-IP report.

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