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"I find all of it to be valuable, because of the flexibility that is built into this product.""The solution is very stable.""The load balancing and VPN features are most valuable. AAA authentication is also valuable.""The most valuable features are the VDA Delivery, Gateway Fort, and the load balancing.""The most valuable feature is load balancing.""The load balancing feature and the fact that you can do context switching in the WAF are the most valuable. We majorly use it for load balancing, but we also use it for context switching in the WAF. It is also robust and very easy to work with and manage.""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 best feature of Citrix is its track record of stability in its features."

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

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"Its GUI should be improved. Its CLI is powerful, but GUI needs more features.""The security is okay, but the monitoring and reporting need improvement.""The WAF component needs to be simplified so that it is easier to use.""An area for improvement would be the difficulty in finding information about standard licensing costs over the internet. They should provide some reference prices on the net to be quickly referred to.""The solution could be more secure.""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.""They can improve the scalability and the multi-tenancy feature. We recently tried to configure an authentication, and we ran into some issues while using the web-based GUI. It was very slow when you log in with your credentials in the web-based GUI. Each time we clicked on the menu, it tried to do the authentication. It works properly in the console."

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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
  • "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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  • "Compared to other similar solutions on the market, I think it's over-priced."
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    NetScaler, Citrix NetScaler VPX
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    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.

    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
    ABB Schweiz, Aer Lingus, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Amnet Technology Solutions, Aramex International, Ascenty, Atos, Autodesk
    Locaweb, AppNexus, Wix, Reliam, Montana Interactive, MuleSoft, Warpwire, Discovery Education, InkaBinka, WordPress.com, Gogo, GOV.UK, NASA
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm18%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Manufacturing Company15%
    Healthcare Company9%
    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider22%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Comms Service Provider30%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Company Size
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise48%
    Small Business86%
    Large Enterprise14%
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    Citrix ADC is ranked 4th in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) with 19 reviews while NGINX Plus is ranked 7th in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) with 1 review. Citrix ADC is rated 8.0, while NGINX Plus is rated 8.0. 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 NGINX Plus writes "A reliable solution for load balancing, cluster production and more". Citrix ADC is most compared with F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM), Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, HAProxy, Fortinet FortiADC and Loadbalancer.org, whereas NGINX Plus is most compared with IIS, F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM), Kemp LoadMaster, HAProxy and Apache Web Server.

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