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"The feature that I have found the most valuable is that it works for my use case of application load balancing. I'm using it for PeerSense, and it's easy enough for PeerSense.""Load balancing is valuable, and we are also using the WAF feature."

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"The security features are the most valuable features of this solution.""We really like the performance of this solution.""I like the way this solution handles multiple SSLs in different domains while still load balancing.""The base feature of Kemp LoadMaster load balancing ticks all the boxes but the most valuable features would be the security features Intrusion Prevention (IPS) and Web Application Firewall (WAF).""I like that this is a Network Load Balancer that can be used practically with any application in the backend. They have how-to guides on how to set up Kemp NLB with Exchange, but you can use it as well for Sharepoint, RDS, or any other back end server.""The most valuable feature that I found is the load balancing feature, it is the core function of the product.""When you configure the listening services, you can implement a lot of security features like the Edge Security Pack that intercepts the requests and processes those before they are sent to the real servers.""The configuration is really easy and the web portal is self-explanatory."

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Cons
"Pricing, monitoring, and reports can be improved.""There is no standardized document available. So, any individual has to work from scratch to work it out. If some standard deployment details are available, it would be helpful for people while deploying it. There should be more documentation on the standard deployment."

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"To make it a perfect ten out of ten it would need better connection logging. If there is an active connection, that there is better logging. It should also have better management monitoring tools.""The GUI is rather technical and complex, so it could be improved by making it simpler and more user-friendly.""Although Kemp is very user-friendly, it lacks a more custom configuration.""Overall, the Kemp LoadMaster has been an all-rounder great product and stable. The free trial and virtual edition make it a breeze for any potential customer to give it a spin before actually deciding to put it on the infrastructure or even talk to the CFO.""The product is really good as-is out of the box. If there is one thing I would change is to have the license file not be coupled with the MAC address of the device. This is actually not really useful in a virtual environment where if you have a single VM with KEMP LoadMaster and you have not set up static MAC Address, if you, for example, recreate the VM and just load the disk file on a new VM it will get new MAC address and the NLB will not work as it will not see a proper license.""Third, the password history restriction needs improvement. For example, the password policy will restrict the user to always use a unique password combination. The password should not be reused for a minimum of three generations of passwords.""It would be helpful if there were a way to incorporate tooltips on the fields so that we don't have to dig through documentation.""I think there should be more visual instructions on how to configure advanced features."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"HAProxy is free in the initial offer. However, pricing can be improved.""It is free of cost."

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"The license varies according to the number of megabits.""Licensing is yearly and I am going to guess that it is CAN $2000.00.""Any decent product will cost money and if you want great support and a great product, then you will want to spend the money on it.""Nowadays, going with the virtual appliance is the easiest way and the cost is reasonable.""They have multiple tiers of licensing and you can upgrade it easily.""Pricing for the perpetual licensing was fair to us for the features and ease of use we received.""This product has good value and features for the money.""The setup cost and pricing plan is reasonable and will ultimately give you a worthy return."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The feature that I have found the most valuable is that it works for my use case of application load balancing. I'm using it for PeerSense, and it's easy enough for PeerSense.
Top Answer: HAProxy is free in the initial offer. However, pricing can be improved.
Top Answer: Pricing, monitoring, and reports can be improved.
Top Answer: Failover is seamless and our services are rock solid.
Top Answer: The Kemp LoadMaster is a tremendous value. It works well and is easy to set up and to maintain.
Top Answer: If I had to pick an area for improvement, I think it would be direct integration with the template library. At present, you need to download the templates from the Kemp support portal and then upload… more »
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Also Known As
HAProxy Community Edition, HAProxy Enterprise Edition, HAPEE
LoadMaster Load Balancer
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Overview

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.

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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Booking.com, GitHub, Reddit, StackOverflow, Tumblr, Vimeo, Yelp
Kent County Council, KEMP, SMA Solar Technology AG, RT€ Player , Victrix (Quebec, Canada), Texas A&M, Macmillan Cancer Support, Cisco, Austin Bank
Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm36%
Marketing Services Firm18%
Retailer18%
Non Profit9%
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Computer Software Company28%
Comms Service Provider27%
Financial Services Firm6%
Government5%
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Financial Services Firm13%
Transportation Company13%
Energy/Utilities Company13%
Manufacturing Company9%
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Comms Service Provider28%
Computer Software Company23%
Government8%
Insurance Company4%
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Small Business22%
Midsize Enterprise57%
Large Enterprise22%
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Small Business49%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise28%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business33%
Midsize Enterprise42%
Large Enterprise25%
Find out what your peers are saying about F5, Kemp, A10 Networks and others in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC). Updated: July 2021.
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HAProxy is ranked 8th in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) with 2 reviews while Kemp LoadMaster is ranked 2nd in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) with 32 reviews. HAProxy is rated 6.6, while Kemp LoadMaster is rated 9.6. The top reviewer of HAProxy writes "Open-source, free, and has a lot of customizations, but needs more support and standard documentation for customizations". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Kemp LoadMaster writes "Intuitive interface and can be used practically with any application in the backend". HAProxy is most compared with F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM), Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, NGINX Plus, Citrix ADC and Barracuda Web Application Firewall, whereas Kemp LoadMaster is most compared with NGINX Plus, F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM), Citrix ADC, Fortinet FortiADC and A10 Networks Thunder ADC.

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