Kemp LoadMaster Reviews

Kemp LoadMaster is the #4 ranked solution of our top Application Delivery Controllers tools. It's rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to HAProxy - Kemp LoadMaster vs HAProxy

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Real User
IT Manager at a transportation company with 201-500 employees
Jul 06 2020

What is most valuable?

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… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We used to have DNS round-robin based load balancing from some small applications but it was not highly available and if one instance were to do down half of the traffic… more »

What needs improvement?

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… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

KEMP NLB is on the cheaper side of the spectrum but works great. If your license expires it will still run just you won't be able to do any changes.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have used ZEN NLB and Microsoft NLB.

What other advice do I have?

Its a nice and easy NLB to set up and operate on a day to day basis. I highly recommend it.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, F5.
MohamadBadran
Real User
Senior Systems Engineer at a real estate/law firm with 501-1,000 employees
Oct 30 2019

What is most valuable?

Most valuable features of the KEMP Loadmaster: ready-made templates for various well-known applications stability of the product

What needs improvement?

We would like to see them improve the security by putting a well trusted and very efficient WAF inside the appliance. They currently use an open-source solution for this, but it would be great to include a more secure one because it would be a complete solution in terms of load balancing and… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

This cost of this solution is not high, and cheaper than their competitors. The license varies according to the number of megabits. For example, a 200Meg license can handle two hundred megabits per second, concurrently. If you need more then you just upgrade the license.

What other advice do I have?

This product does what is advertised. In terms of the value you get for the amount of money you pay, this is the number one solution. For anybody who is implementing this solution, there is nothing to worry about. This product is mature, the documentation is there, and the support is very good. My… more »
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Real User
Consultant at DXC
Jun 23 2020

What is most valuable?

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). Both… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Kemp LoadMaster has definitely reduced the complaints from the development team since its deployment. Even the administrators/support are pleased with the intuitive administrative portal and ease of… more »

What needs improvement?

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… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

There must be a balance between cost and features. Going opensource usually goes up in terms of learning/training cost.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We previously used a different solution and we switched mainly due to cost restriction.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated F5, HA proxy, NGINX.
Real User
Senior Consultant at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Aug 04 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature that I found is the load balancing feature, it is the core function of the product. The load balancer is stable and met the customer's expectations. So far, there have not been any issues reported on the basic load balancing functions. Besides that, there is also a load… more »

How has it helped my organization?

As a partner of Kemp Technologies, we're using the load balancers as a demo and testing environment. This helps us in providing product issue support for load balancers. Other than that, the demo is also conducted during product introduction, pre-sales stage. Next, we also conduct feature testing on… more »

What needs improvement?

I would like to give some advice on security improvement: * First, is the password complexity's restriction. For example, there should be a password restriction policy on the password that only can be made up of a minimum of 12 alphanumeric characters with upper & lower cases. * Second, is the… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We did not previously use a different solution.
Real User
Network Administrator at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
Feb 16 2020

What is most valuable?

I like the way this solution handles multiple SSLs in different domains while still load balancing. I find that to be a very interesting feature.

How has it helped my organization?

This solution has helped us in certain situations that we have had to find a way to work around.

What needs improvement?

It should be more customizable and perhaps more like NetScaler in that regard. Although Kemp is very user-friendly, it lacks a more custom configuration. I would like to see this solution more… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Licensing is yearly and I am going to guess that it is CAN $2000.00. There are no costs in addition to the standard licensing fees.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Previously, I had used Microsoft NLB. We switched because it was more difficult to configure and it had many issues.

What other advice do I have?

Check for the complete needs of your entire network system. In order to configure things, you will have to first draw out your connections before you implement it. This solution is good and it's… more »
Real User
Technical Team Leader - Networks at CANCOM
Jun 21 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the simplicity of use, the subnet originates request feature wasn't available in the previous vendor load balancer software.

How has it helped my organization?

It has a much easier deployment, configuration, and administrator than the vendor we used before. We have not had any issues with the appliance as well.

What needs improvement?

Kemp could allow configuration export as a text file which could then be edited.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

MIELA licensing is very convenient as you don't need to license individual appliance instead you can get a license for 1Gbps throughput and share that among as many… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We previously used a different vendor, Kemp was attractive as it offered MIELA and SPLA licensing models, and also allows use of pre-built templates that can be downloaded… more »

What other advice do I have?

We are happy with the product and technical support.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We used other vendors before and Kemp was a better option hence we switched.
PeterForster
Consultant
Senior Consultant at Base It
Oct 24 2019

What is most valuable?

The security features are the most valuable features of this solution. It works very well. It's a good product that has good support.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The price is fine for their solution and what they give back from the product.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten. To make it a perfect ten out of ten it would need better connection logging. If there is an active connection, then there is better logging. It should also have better management monitoring tools. They have great technical documentation on their website. That would be my recommendation if someone needs to implement Kemp Technology products.

What is Kemp LoadMaster?

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.

Also known as
LoadMaster Load Balancer
Kemp LoadMaster customers

Kent County Council, KEMP, SMA Solar Technology AG, RT€ Player , Victrix (Quebec, Canada), Texas A&M, Macmillan Cancer Support, Cisco, Austin Bank

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