Citrix NetScaler ADC vs. KEMP LoadMaster

Citrix NetScaler ADC is ranked 2nd in Application Delivery Controllers with 20 reviews vs KEMP LoadMaster which is ranked 6th in Application Delivery Controllers with 7 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 KEMP LoadMaster writes "Provides load-balancing and adds reverse proxy for further security". Citrix NetScaler ADC is most compared with F5 BIG-IP, KEMP LoadMaster and A10 Networks Thunder ADC. KEMP LoadMaster is most compared with F5 BIG-IP, Citrix NetScaler ADC and HAProxy . See our Citrix NetScaler ADC vs. KEMP LoadMaster report.
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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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With Kemp 360 Central, our customers get a nice overview of their Kemp products and an easy way to upgrade firmware on all devices from a single interface.Exchange load balancing and reverse proxy for Skype for Business are key features.Edge Security Pack is valuable because of the way it separates between critical infrastructure and the public internet.​Simple to install with good documentation.There is a simplicity to the setup and configuration.It helps with efficiency and reactivity, in case of assistance needs.We needed a Microsoft Threat Management Gateway server replacement solution for a customer and were impressed with the simplified deployment of the Kemp LoadMasters.

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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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The auth website of ESP is really lacking. It’s not responsive (mobile friendly) and the procedure of changing the website is difficult. We tend to avoid using pre-auth for that reason.Several elements of the GUI need work. For example, if you have many content switches, it’s difficult to find the ones you need. And where is the search feature?If you want logging for SMTP traffic, you have to enable ESP, which requires you to define allowed IP addresses. That’s irritating, to say the least.It lacks an officially supported, well-written SCOM Management Pack.They need to improve the UI environment. Currently, it's hard to navigate and use product.Some documentation is out of date versus the new version, and things have been moved​.SNMP and/or RESTCONF management, in order to collect many counters, for plotting in a central application need to be improved.Some of the support documentation seems to make assumptions that the person installing or configuring is experienced with the product or concepts.

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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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It has a great price for the solution they offer.​I have control on the licensing and all the prices since I work for a partner.​KEMP gives away free trials for 30 days. This can be stretched if you want. During the test, you will have access to KEMP support.​It has a very attractive ratio of price/performance.Download Kemp's VLM trial and take it for a test drive; you will be impressed.

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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.KEMP LoadMaster provides High Availability, Scalability and Security for Application Delivery. Optimized load balancers for Hybrid Cloud and Public Cloud deployments. Available for Microsoft Azure and Amazon AWS.
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