Citrix NetScaler ADC vs. F5 BIG-IP

As of February 2019, Citrix NetScaler ADC is ranked 2nd in Application Delivery Controllers with 19 reviews vs F5 BIG-IP which is ranked 1st in Application Delivery Controllers with 33 reviews. The top reviewer of Citrix NetScaler ADC writes "SSL VPN works very well; it's easy to set up and you can go very granular with it". The top reviewer of F5 BIG-IP writes "It could be hard to scale because we will be encrypting and decrypting. The connection through the API Gateway worked in no time, which was fantastic". Citrix NetScaler ADC is most compared with F5 BIG-IP, KEMP LoadMaster and HAProxy . F5 BIG-IP is most compared with HAProxy , Citrix NetScaler ADC and A10 Networks Thunder ADC. See our Citrix NetScaler ADC vs. F5 BIG-IP report.
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Андрей Шевченко
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Pros
It is the best product out there.It has an easy user experience and user interface. The security is effective and better than its competitors.This product protects us from Internet attacks using its firewall features to block any attacks.Scalability is great. One of the best features of NetScaler is that it can scale out.This solution allows the user to easily scale out application delivery, and provides secure remote access.One feature that works really well is the SSL VPN. It's very easy to set up and you can go very granular with it. You can define what user groups get what kind of access and the management overhead is very low.I like the monitoring ability as it enables me to identify when an internal (load-balanced) resource is having issues before it becomes a problem in production.Content Switching provides flexibility for routing traffic as desired to designated real servers. It also provides good geo capabilities through its GSLB feature.

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It is a fast and available solution.It is the perfect solution when you have high workloads in your IT environment.It integrates with AWS WAF, which makes it easy to deploy without changes to your infrastructure.It improves the overall performance of applications by decreasing the burden on servers associated with managing and maintaining applications and network sessions, as well as by performing application-specific tasks.Initial setup is easy and pretty standard.It is a very good, flexible solution. It helps us to catch up on flaws in our partner solutions on top of its load balancing feature.Along with load balancing, we perform a lot of packet inspections, URL rewriting, and SSL interceptions via iRule.The configuration and integration into the AWS environment was pretty easy.

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Cons
It can be difficult to setup.We would like to see more monitoring features going forward, because the current product monitoring options are not enough for security usage.I would like to see more integration for single sign-on.Should offer more flexible cost-effective licensing for small to medium sized organizations.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 you had to do a lot of manual work. They have improved it a little bit and now there are some GUI-based functionalities that can be used. However, more can be done that doesn't require a lot of intervention. Right now there are some features, there are some customizations that can be done, but it's still very tedious, very cumbersome, a lot of work. So that could be simplified.In every release - and it doesn't matter if it's a minor release or a major release - they keep moving things around and they keep changing the mechanism. So certain things can work in one version one way, and everything works really well, then when you upgrade it to the next version, it breaks everything because they have a new way of doing it.Development team's response time could be better.Needs configuration processes like disabling LB VIPs, automatically disabling the IPs used.

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I would like them to have more flexible models.Performance: Using the product, applications are jittery.​Needs to provide a visual interface to follow a customer's activity (from client to BIG-IP to SNAT IP to the chosen server, then back). Today, we are still performing packet captures.We would like to see load balancing between the cloud and the on-premise, a straightforward deployment feature.We would like to have integration into encryption and PKI integration with SafeNet. That is probably the key component in using External PKIs, letting people bring their PKIs with them.The auto logout feature after three minutes is terrible. I wish they would make that longer, since it is not a feature that we can change.They could improve the product's ease of use. There is some confusion how to operate it.Certificate management needs improvement. I would like automated deployment of new certificates without manual intervention to be in the next release of this product.

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I do not have any experience with the pricing of the product.We are quite happy with price. It's not too high.The licencing model that we bought has been good. The licencing model is more flexible.We have been evaluating F5, Citrix, and other ADC products. Citrix is the most expense of all of them.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 NetScaler does when it comes to the security space, and their prices are so cheap. Every box comes with its own license and support built into it. When you compare that with NetScaler, you have to buy licenses separately, you have to buy a support agreement that is going to be separate. A small NetScaler, even if it is a VPX which is a virtual server, could cost you close to $150,000 to $200,000 dollars. So the pricing is really high.It all depends on the features that will be used and the number of accesses.Costly product and complicated licensing.It's not for startups or SOHO.

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We purchased through the AWS Marketplace because it was a popular way to go, and we were intrigued. The price of this product is not an issue. They have good pricing and licensing.Unless the price difference is large, this is not the primary concern for the product. The performance and product-related issues (secure for VPN, multi-function for network device, etc.) are the keys.I would recommend that the cost be lowered.If you are planning to use security features, better to go for strong hardware and the best bundle license, which is great for web security.The price is high.We have found the pricing and licensing on AWS to be competitive.Purchasing through the AWS Marketplace was good. We chose to go through the AWS Marketplace because everything that we needed was a soft appliance. We needed something to work in Amazon, and this product was available there.It is sort of a commodity product. A load balancer is a load balancer. What will be, at the end of the day, the cheapest option or have the best performance, that is what it will come down to.

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Also Known As
NetScalerBIG-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 NetScaler is deployed in thousands of networks around the globe to optimize, secure and control the delivery of all enterprise and cloud services, and to maximize the end user experience for all users including mobile clients.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, Autodesk Riken, TransUnion, Tepco Systems Administration, Daejeon University, G&T Bank, Danamon, CyberAgent Inc.
Top Industries
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Manufacturing Company30%
Healthcare Company20%
Financial Services Firm20%
Insurance Company10%
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Financial Services Firm32%
Comms Service Provider26%
Healthcare Company11%
Manufacturing Company11%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Financial Services Firm34%
Comms Service Provider14%
Manufacturing Company9%
Energy/Utilities Company8%
Company Size
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Small Business24%
Midsize Enterprise36%
Large Enterprise40%
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Small Business27%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise59%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business33%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise48%
Find out what your peers are saying about Citrix NetScaler ADC vs. F5 BIG-IP and other solutions. Updated: January 2019.
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