Compare Citrix NetScaler Unified Gateway vs. F5 BIG-IP

Citrix NetScaler Unified Gateway is ranked 3rd in SSL VPN with 7 reviews while F5 BIG-IP is ranked 1st in SSL VPN with 32 reviews. Citrix NetScaler Unified Gateway is rated 8.6, while F5 BIG-IP is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Citrix NetScaler Unified Gateway writes " Has the ability to be used in all types of environments, on-premise, cloud, or hybrid deployments". On the other hand, 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 Unified Gateway is most compared with Pulse Connect Secure, Cisco SSL VPN and Microsoft UAG, whereas F5 BIG-IP is most compared with HAProxy , Citrix NetScaler ADC and NGINX Plus. See our Citrix NetScaler Unified Gateway vs. F5 BIG-IP report.
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Most Helpful Review
Oliver Rodrigues
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Pros
It's a stable solution while it's running. We don't have to work on it a lot. There are not many bugs, so it's easy to use if you deploy successfully. You can be sure of an uninterrupted solution for quite a long time. Citrix is a good product.The features that we have found most valuable are the web app support and VPN.The stability of the solution is perfect.The solution is very stable. If I were to rate it out of ten, I would give stability a nine.The initial setup is simple. Normally with all setups, it's not very complicated. It really depends on the customer.Most of our customers are using the load balancing feature and also the verification feature is good as well, in my experience.We haven't received any complaints or performance issues so far.

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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.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.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.

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Cons
The major issue is price. I would also like them to make other aspects more accessible.The dashboard or interface should be more clear in reporting issues. Integration with other applications should be more user-friendly.The solution can be a bit pricey.The initial setup is very complex.I'd like to see support for reverse proxy and more security features.If the solution had a more advanced DNS, it would be an improvement.The load balancing could be improved.

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The license terms for "non-commercial" will be a challenge for us.The license terms for "non-commercial" will are challenging for us.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.I would like to see improvement in the manageability and easier setup.I would like them to have more flexible models.Performance: Using the product, applications are jittery.‚ÄčNeeds 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.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
Usually with Citrix the issue is the pricing, especially for the African region. We believe it's really expensive.

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They are expensive.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.

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Also Known As
BIG-IP, BIG-IP LTM, F5 ASM, Viprion, F5 BIG-IP Virtual Edition , Crescendo Networks Application Delivery Controller, BIG IP
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Overview

NetScaler Unified Gateway provides industry trusted remote access to XenApp and XenDesktop, as well as all of your enterprise web, SaaS, and Citrix apps. The secure network remote access gateway simplifies and consolidates your infrastructure to deliver a seamless user experience while centralizing management. Using NetScaler Unified Gateway to deliver XenApp and XenDesktop, you can eliminate the need for a separate remote access SSL VPN for enterprise and cloud apps, reducing your overall costs and providing a seamless user experience.

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
Aeronamic, Avianca, Bechtel Corporation, Betfair UK, Catholic University Leuven (K.U. Leuven), Centene Corporation, Cerner, Charityshare, City of High Point, Clark BuildersRiken, TransUnion, Tepco Systems Administration, Daejeon University, G&T Bank, Danamon, CyberAgent Inc.
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REVIEWERS
Comms Service Provider26%
Financial Services Firm22%
Manufacturing Company11%
Healthcare Company11%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company27%
Comms Service Provider16%
Financial Services Firm11%
Government6%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business50%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise38%
REVIEWERS
Small Business25%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise62%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise50%
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