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Find out what your peers are saying about Citrix ADC vs. Kemp LoadMaster and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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Pros
"The best feature of Citrix is its track record of stability in its features.""I like app flows and custom flows. They integrate with multiple flows.""The most valuable feature is load balancing.""Citrix Director has been great. It gives us one pane of glass to be able to monitor what's going on with the user sessions as well as to keep on top of the virtual desktops, any servers that may be offline or behaving suspiciously, or any troublesome spots like disconnections. We also use Citrix Studio for maintaining the actual servers that are hosting these applications. We use it for delivery groups in case we need to modify delivery groups in regards to which groups have access to which applications. It has been very helpful.""The load balancing and VPN features are most valuable. AAA authentication is also valuable.""The feature that I have found most valuable is its load balancing.""Manageability and visibility are good.""It's very easy to configure."

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"Failover is seamless and our services are rock solid.""The security features, load balancing, built-in templates, and the easy to implement virtual IPs are great.""When the templates are used, there is not much left to configure and they just work!""It has been functional. We don't have any outages.""The configuration is really easy and the web portal is self-explanatory.""Mitigates content security policy issues.""I like the way this solution handles multiple SSLs in different domains while still load balancing.""The most valuable features for us are the Load Balancing and Web Application Firewall, as we have a lot of web applications."

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Cons
"ADC from Citrix has added functionalities from other products and the usability is very difficult for someone who is used to a simpler user interface, it's a little bit of a mess to use.""Citrix ADC is a complex product, and it takes time to understand these things. But the documentation is poor, and the deployment is difficult. Integration could also be better because what I find is that you cannot easily integrate the panel in the second sector. What I have found is that in the last index, there is a limitation when getting validated. Technical support could also be better.""The only thing customers told me that could be improved is that they would like to be able to purchase and receive the products in one box, rather than two boxes. This is something related to marketing, though.""The solution should be able to scale more effectively than it does.""Citrix ADC can be really complex. It isn't very simple like some other appliances that I've worked with. You need a lot of skill and experience to manage it. I'm not talking about a year or two. You need at least four years to understand it very well. It is not that easy to learn. They should make it a lot simpler for users to understand the management of it. They can also provide some additional training. The material they have on the site is not sufficient enough for you to understand how to manage it. Their training is expensive, and not everyone has the funds and experience for it. Citrix isn't very popular around these parts of the world. So, it can use some more marketing, sales, enlightenment, and advertisement. These could bring more market for them. Basically, there are just a few companies that really go for Citrix. Most of the companies go for VMware because they marketed themselves more than Citrix. There isn't much difference between Citrix and VMware. VMware is a little more robust than Citrix. Citrix has focused more on desktops rather than server virtualization, and that's the advantage VMware has over Citrix. Citrix also needs to educate and inform users about the infrastructure that is supported with a version. Currently, if the customers don't look at the datasheet, they might miss this important information.""There are certain features that are very useful and Citrix makes you pay a bit more for them.""The solution could be more secure.""Too many bugs in the software and it's always difficult when you need to update."

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"I would like to see more automation and control of overactive and inactive resources. If I could schedule these around our updates then it would be all automated. I would like to set up an automated script to coincide with the scripts I use to update resources and servers.""If there is anything that needs to be updated, the GUI can get a refresh to make it look more like 2020, although it is just a cosmetic change.""Although Kemp is very user-friendly, it lacks a more custom configuration.""The product could be improved by making the SSL Offloading easier.""When we go serverless, we may again have to revisit this because the configuration needs to be changed. With this change, we can run into a lot of other configurations that we haven't got into, which involve additional expenses. It would be challenging to convince management to buy at that price point. It would be a balancing act of justifying that expense and the value, that is, how it is going to save a bit of time and make our platform secure. It can have better configuration ability. A lot of iterations happen when we have multiple servers pointing to the same domain. If we do not orchestrate carefully, it gets into a loop, which takes away the precious time of the user who is trying to subscribe to a service. It takes a little longer time to realize services as well as web pages.""The only thing I have struggled with is setting up automatic backups.""I definitely think that the WAF can be improved.""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."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Our licensing fees including technical support are approximately $3,500 USD."
  • "It's an expensive product but it works well."
  • "We get value for money. Its price is fair. I don't think it is overpriced."
  • "This product is more expensive than some of the competitors."
  • "It is very pricey, but we get it. If you need the best, money shouldn't be a problem."
  • "When compared to other solutions, the cost is high."
  • "Its price is comparable to others and affordable."
  • "The price for Citrix ADC here in Mexico was good, when you compare it with F5 and Radware."
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  • "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."
  • "The costs for the Kemp Load Balancer solution are okay because, for a good product, you have to spend money."
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    Questions from the Community
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    Easy, user-friendly setup with content switching and integrated caching features.
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    There is a licensing fee, and we pay it once a year.
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    The only thing customers told me that could be improved is that they would like to be able to purchase and receive the products in one box, rather than two boxes. This is something related to… more »
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    Mitigates content security policy issues.
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    We pay around $10,000 a year for licensing. There are no additional costs.
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    The UI is very basic and not very attractive, so this could be an area for improvement. In the next release, I would like to see global load balancing and the ability to connect to networks not… more »
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    Also Known As
    NetScaler, Citrix NetScaler VPX
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    Overview

    Citrix ADC is an application delivery controller (ADC) that accelerates application performance, enhances application availability with advanced L4-7 load balancing, secures mission-critical apps from attacks and lowers server expenses by offloading computationally intensive tasks.

    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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    Sample Customers
    ABB Schweiz, Aer Lingus, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Amnet Technology Solutions, Aramex International, Ascenty, Atos, Autodesk
    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 Firm18%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Manufacturing Company15%
    Healthcare Company9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider22%
    Government7%
    Financial Services Firm6%
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    Financial Services Firm13%
    Energy/Utilities Company13%
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Computer Software Company13%
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    Comms Service Provider29%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Government9%
    Financial Services Firm4%
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    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise48%
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    Small Business48%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise30%
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    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise31%
    Large Enterprise31%
    Find out what your peers are saying about Citrix ADC vs. Kemp LoadMaster and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
    565,304 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Citrix ADC is ranked 4th in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) with 19 reviews while Kemp LoadMaster is ranked 2nd in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) with 31 reviews. Citrix ADC is rated 8.0, while Kemp LoadMaster is rated 9.6. The top reviewer of Citrix ADC writes "A scalable and versatile solution that allows us to easily monitor and manage applications and publish to many devices". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Kemp LoadMaster writes "Intuitive interface and can be used practically with any application in the backend". Citrix ADC is most compared with F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM), Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, HAProxy, Fortinet FortiADC and Radware Alteon, whereas Kemp LoadMaster is most compared with HAProxy, NGINX Plus, F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM), Fortinet FortiADC and Microsoft Azure Application Gateway. See our Citrix ADC vs. Kemp LoadMaster report.

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