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Pros
"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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"I think installation only took a couple of minutes — no more than 10 minutes."

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Cons
"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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"The scaling should be built into the software rather than configured from an outside source."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"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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"Compared to other similar solutions on the market, I think it's over-priced."

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Questions from the Community
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 »
Top Answer: I think installation only took a couple of minutes — no more than 10 minutes.
Top Answer: Their license fee has gone up, so that is one concern that we have. We are looking for alternative solutions which compare well and fit into our budget. We are interested in an open-source version… more »
Top Answer: We use NGINX as solution for load balancing our cluster production. Currently, we don't have any plans to increase the usage because each license costs around $2000 - $2500.
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Overview

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.

NGINX Plus is the all‑in‑one application delivery platform for the modern application development.

NGINX is the world’s most popular all‑in‑one application delivery platform for the modern application development. NGINX Plus adds enterprise-ready features for HTTP, TCP, and UDP load balancing, such as session persistencehealth checksadvanced monitoring, and management to give you the freedom to innovate without being constrained by infrastructure.

NGINX Plus is a cloud‑native, reverse proxy, load balancer, and API gateway. NGINX Plus boasts scalable and reliable high availability along with monitoring to support debugging and diagnosing complex application architectures. Active health checks proactively poll upstream server status to get ahead of issues, and the integrated live activity monitoring dashboard provides a single‑pane view of your app environment. The NGINX Plus API enables integration with existing tools, optimizing resources and reducing tool sprawl.

NGINX Plus extends NGINX Open Source with many additional features and support, providing customers with a complete application delivery solution.

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Sample Customers
Kent County Council, KEMP, SMA Solar Technology AG, RT€ Player , Victrix (Quebec, Canada), Texas A&M, Macmillan Cancer Support, Cisco, Austin Bank
Locaweb, AppNexus, Wix, Reliam, Montana Interactive, MuleSoft, Warpwire, Discovery Education, InkaBinka, WordPress.com, Gogo, GOV.UK, NASA
Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm13%
Transportation Company13%
Energy/Utilities Company13%
Manufacturing Company9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider28%
Computer Software Company24%
Government8%
Insurance Company4%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider28%
Computer Software Company24%
Financial Services Firm8%
Government5%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business49%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise28%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business32%
Midsize Enterprise41%
Large Enterprise27%
REVIEWERS
Small Business86%
Large Enterprise14%
Find out what your peers are saying about F5, Kemp, A10 Networks and others in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC). Updated: September 2021.
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Kemp LoadMaster is ranked 2nd in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) with 32 reviews while NGINX Plus is ranked 7th in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) with 1 review. Kemp LoadMaster is rated 9.6, while NGINX Plus is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Kemp LoadMaster writes "Intuitive interface and can be used practically with any application in the backend". On the other hand, the top reviewer of NGINX Plus writes "A reliable solution for load balancing, cluster production and more". Kemp LoadMaster is most compared with HAProxy, F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM), Fortinet FortiADC, Citrix ADC and A10 Networks Thunder ADC, whereas NGINX Plus is most compared with IIS, F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM), HAProxy, Microsoft Azure Application Gateway and IBM DataPower Gateway.

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