Citrix NetScaler VPX vs. HAProxy

As of June 2019, Citrix NetScaler VPX is ranked 8th in Application Delivery Controllers with 1 review vs HAProxy which is ranked 3rd in Application Delivery Controllers with 22 reviews. The top reviewer of Citrix NetScaler VPX writes "Rewriting and redirection are key features for us". The top reviewer of HAProxy writes "VRRP redundancy is a mission-critical feature that works seamlessly for us". Citrix NetScaler VPX is most compared with F5 BIG-IP, Citrix NetScaler ADC and HAProxy . HAProxy is most compared with F5 BIG-IP, NGINX Plus and Citrix NetScaler ADC.
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Pros
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.)If you need PCI-compliance and have high security requirements, WAF is the most valuable feature. If you need to monitor your load-balancing services with complex types of monitoring, make sure everything is alright, and load balancing is important, Content Switching and Monitoring features are the keys to your needs. If you want to provide a lot of static images or data, the Caching feature works best for you.I would say the rewriting and redirection functions are must-have's for us.

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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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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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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.Very good value for the money. One of the simplest licensing schemes in this category of products.Test/lab virtual machines can be installed without a licence. They can't be used for performance testing but otherwise behave like production nodes.The price is well worth it. HAProxy Enterprise Edition paid for itself within months, simply due to the resiliency it brings. It was a bit more expensive than we were originally interested in paying, but we are thankful we chose to go with HAProxy.HAProxy is free software. There are optional paid products (support/appliances).

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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
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REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm33%
Marketing Services Firm22%
Retailer22%
Non Profit11%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Healthcare Company44%
Marketing Services Firm14%
Media Company13%
Non Profit8%
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REVIEWERS
Small Business20%
Midsize Enterprise55%
Large Enterprise25%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business27%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise60%
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