Compare Citrix NetScaler VPX vs. HAProxy

Citrix NetScaler VPX is ranked 8th in Application Delivery Controllers with 8 reviews while HAProxy is ranked 3rd in Application Delivery Controllers with 12 reviews. Citrix NetScaler VPX is rated 8.2, while HAProxy is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of Citrix NetScaler VPX writes "Provides good performance for our virtual apps and desktops". On the other hand, the top reviewer of HAProxy writes "Multiple algorithms load-balance HTTP and TCP requests". Citrix NetScaler VPX is most compared with Citrix NetScaler ADC, F5 BIG-IP and HAProxy , whereas HAProxy is most compared with F5 BIG-IP, NGINX Plus and Citrix NetScaler ADC. See our Citrix NetScaler VPX vs. HAProxy report.
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Pros
The most valuable feature is load balancing.The load balancing is one of the most valuable features.This solution increases the backend network service performance, which is one of the things that we like the most.The program is easy to install and to set up.The solution was very easy to deploy.The solution is very stable. We don't have any downtime or issues of that nature.My customers have told me that the performance of this solution is good.Enables a Web service that offers persistent client-server connections, IP restriction, URL rewrite (such as remove "/assets/" path from client-side URL path), and cache for CSS or JS files... You can easily use the GUI to set up all these requirements on the same network device within 20-30 minutes. (If you do the same steps on CLI, it might take less time.)

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It solves a problem for me where I can build files, not based on the health of the check, but rather the speed of the check.I can simplify configurations of many internal services (e.g. Web server configs) by moving some elements (like SSL) to HAProxy. I can also disable additional applications, like Varnish, by moving traffic shaping configurations to HAProxy.Advanced traffic rules, including stick tables and ACLs, which allow me to shape traffic while it's load balanced.Performance configuration options with threads, processes, and core stickiness are very valuable.The ability to handle a sequence of front- and back-ends gives the user the opportunity to send traffic through different services.We were able to use HAProxy for round robin with our databases, or for a centralized TCP connection in one host.It reduced the load on our main load balancers.We did not need technical support because the documentation is good.

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Cons
The WAF component needs to be simplified so that it is easier to use.I will try to migrate all the tools to the cloud because there is more lab and more VPN scalability available in the cloud. It is not available on-premises.Some of our customers have questioned the security of this solution lately, wondering whether it is safe or not, so enhancements in this respect would be good.I think the documentation should be improved.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.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.I would like to see multifactor authentication added to this solution to improve the security.We had some bugs in the previous firmware. These were not big issues, but more testing on the firmware would be key to happier customers.

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The logging functionality could use improvement, as it is a little cryptic.There are three main areas to improve: 1) Make remote management more modern by adding API. 2) Propose a general HA ​solution for HAProxy (no I'm using keepalived for this). 3) Thread option should be a bit more stable.The configuration should be more friendly, perhaps with a Web interface. For example, I work with the ClusterControl product for Severalnines, and we have a Web interface to deploy the HAProxy load-balancer.We need to handle new connections by dropping, or queuing them while the HAProxy restarts, and because HAProxy does not handle split config files.The web stats UI, which provides the status of the health and numbers, could greatly benefit from having a RESTful interface to control the load-balanced nodes. Although there is a hack around the UI (by issuing a POST request to HAProxy with parameters), a RESTful interface would greatly improve the automation process (through Chef and Ansible).I would like to evaluate load-balancing algorithms other than round robin and SSL offloading. Also, it would be helpful if I could logically divide the HAProxy load-balancing into multiple entities so that I would install one HA Proxy LB application which could be used for different Web servers for different applications. I am not sure if these features are available.They should introduce one feature that I know many people, including me, are waiting for: HAProxy should have provide hot-swipe for back-end servers. Also, they need a more detailed GUI for monitoring and configuration.​It needs proper HTTP/2 support.​

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Pricing and Cost Advice
Our licensing fees including technical support are approximately $3,500 USD.The licensing costs for this solution vary depending on which model is being used.Citrix NetScaler VPX is not the cheapest solution out there, but you get what you pay for.

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The only cost is for the image manager, who is responsible for uploading the image, and that is trivial.I think that the pricing is very fair, I would definitely recommend buying the Enterprise license.We use NGINX as well. However, because the health checks are a paid feature, I like to avoid it whenever possible​.If you don't have expertise then go with the licensed version. Otherwise, open-source is the best solution.

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Also Known As
HAProxy Community Edition, HAProxy Enterprise Edition, HAPEE
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Overview

NetScaler VPX provides the complete NetScaler web and application load balancing, secure and remote access, acceleration, security and offload feature set in a simple, easy-to-install virtual appliance. IT organizations, cloud and telecom service providers of any size can deploy NetScaler VPX on industry standard hypervisors—on demand—anywhere in the datacenter.

HAProxy is the most widely used software load balancer and application delivery controller in the world. The core HAProxy application delivery engine is an open source project chiefly maintained by HAProxy Technologies and assisted by a thriving open source community. HAProxy Community Edition is available for free at haproxy.org. HAProxy Enterprise Edition is packaged with additional enterprise class features, services and premium support from HAProxy Technologies.

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Sample Customers
Arizona State University (ASU)Booking.com, GitHub, Reddit, StackOverflow, Tumblr, Vimeo, Yelp
Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company43%
Comms Service Provider11%
K 12 Educational Company Or School7%
Government7%
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Financial Services Firm33%
Marketing Services Firm22%
Retailer22%
Non Profit11%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company28%
Healthcare Company19%
Comms Service Provider9%
Media Company8%
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REVIEWERS
Small Business20%
Midsize Enterprise55%
Large Enterprise25%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business32%
Midsize Enterprise2%
Large Enterprise66%
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