Citrix Gateway vs F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) comparison

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We performed a comparison between Citrix Gateway and F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Universal Access Gateways solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
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"It adds great security to your outfacing information.""The solution is scalable and can go from a very small deployment to handling 10,000 transactions a second.""I didn't have any hiccups or issues with it.""The solution is stable.""We have users in a remote environment that might require to access the service.""It is easy to set up and is stable. It is scalable as well, depending on the model.""It performs quite well.""The solution has very flexible configuration."

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"The solution is very easy to use and easy to understand. It's quite an intuitive system.""iRules are very valuable. In addition to that, the way profiles are depicted by the LTM is also very good.""I've worked a little bit with iRules and it is amazing.""F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager is a stable and reliable solution.""The most valuable features are DNS, APM, and ASM. Additionally, it is easy to use and you have a lot of flexibility to use the solution within a network.""Its user interface is very easy to use on a day-to-day basis. It is very user-friendly.""One of the best features of the solution is the operating system.""F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) improves the resilience and quality of the application itself, the speed and the user experience for the application. The data that the users need from the application is actually acquired faster. So, it provides faster data acquisition."

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"Citrix Gateway could improve the speed of the VPN. I sometimes have to wait for 10 to 15 minutes to get connected and other times when I am connected I have to abort, and reconnect.""The solution has unnecessary limitations.""As an organization, our initiative is to move to the cloud, Citrix Gateway needs to improve its cloud capabilities and make the cloud solution more robust.""Sometimes the input-output has issues.""Technical support could be improved.""Lacks access through a mobile device.""Their VAS product should be more productive because right now, we are using other VAS solutions but not using this one.""When it comes to the VDA environment, making it additionally stable is important."

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"My only point of contention would be that it is a little pricey.""The solution could improve the documentation.""The deployment could be simplified.""The user interface could be improved in F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager.""Its price can be better. It is a bit expensive.""BIG-IP LTM's sandboxing integration could be improved.""A more intuitive interface would be helpful.""The price for F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager is very high. This aspect could be improved."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It costs about 4,000 a year."
  • "The price could be lower."
  • "There is a license to use Citrix Gateway and it is less expensive to use when compared to other solutions."
  • "It is expensive and requires proper planning with strategy."
  • "There are two or three different models, but you can actually have a CapEx where you purchase the unit outright and then there's a yearly maintenance cost on top for years two and three, and four, or you can actually do a subscription purchase through Citrix cloud and you pay on a monthly basis, or you can have a three-year subscription contract as well. I give the solution a six out of ten for its cost."
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  • "When we purchased additional licenses for our other locations, we received a discount of between 20% and 25%."
  • "F5 BIG-IP can be expensive, although there are trial versions available which are helpful to find out if the solution is right for your company."
  • "The price should be reduced because it is expensive when compared to the competition."
  • "The solution is quite expensive if we compare it with the competition."
  • "It is a bit expensive product. Kemp Loadmaster is much cheaper than F5. Its licensing is on a yearly basis. It can be for one year or three years."
  • "The price of the solution is sometimes expensive."
  • "You can buy it on a yearly basis, or you can go for a subscription. For on-premise boxes, it is just the RMA."
  • "Compared to using open-source products, the prices are not cheap."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:I would recommend this solution. I would rate Citrix Gateway a seven out of ten. There are a couple of features that could be improved. These features are available in other solutions, such as VMware.
    Top Answer:Provides good performance and speed.
    Top Answer:F5 BIG-IP LTM can improve on the SSL loading which includes the authentication of certificates. Although, most of these issues have been solved there are still some issue that persists. In a feature… more »
    Top Answer:F5 BIG-IP LTM is used for delivering applications and protecting the application from web attacks.
    Top Answer:Apart from throughout consideration. Radware license charges based on throughput and F5 charges based on features only. For example, if you buy F5 with an appliance throughput of 10g that throughput… more »
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    Also Known As
    Citrix NetScaler Unified Gateway
    F5 BIG-IP, BIG-IP LTM, F5 ASM, Viprion, F5 BIG-IP Virtual Edition , Crescendo Networks Application Delivery Controller, BIG IP
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    Citrix Gateway is a customer-managed solution that can be deployed on premises or on any public cloud, such as AWS, Azure, or Google Cloud Platform. Citrix Gateway provides users with secure access and single sign-on to all the virtual, SaaS and web applications they need to be productive.

    F5 BIG-IP LTM optimizes the speed and reliability of your apps via both network and application layers. Using real-time protocol and traffic management decisions based on app and server and connection management conditions, and TCP and content offloading, BIG-IP LTM dramatically improves application and infrastructure responsiveness. BIG-IP LTM's architecture includes protocol awareness to control traffic for the most important applications. BIG-IP LTM tracks the dynamic performance levels of servers and delivers SSL performance and visibility for inbound and outbound traffic, to protect the user experience by encrypting everything from the client to the server.

    BIG-IP LTM provides enterprise-class Application Delivery Controller (ADC). You get granular layer 7 control, SSL offloading and acceleration capabilities, and advanced scaling technologies that deliver performance and reliability on-demand. The highly optimized TCP/IP stack combines TCP/IP techniques and improvements in the latest RFCs with extensions to minimize the effect of congestion and packet loss and recovery. Independent testing tools and customer experiences show LTM's TCP stack delivers up to a 2x performance gain for users and a 4x increase in bandwidth efficiency.

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    Sample Customers
    Aeronamic, Avianca, Bechtel Corporation, Betfair UK, Catholic University Leuven (K.U. Leuven), Centene Corporation, Cerner, Charityshare, City of High Point, Clark Builders
    Riken, TransUnion, Tepco Systems Administration, Daejeon University, G&T Bank, Danamon, CyberAgent Inc.
    Top Industries
    Comms Service Provider25%
    Financial Services Firm19%
    Computer Software Company13%
    Real Estate/Law Firm6%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Comms Service Provider23%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Company Size
    Small Business41%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise37%
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise62%
    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise52%
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise65%
    Buyer's Guide
    Citrix Gateway vs. F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM)
    March 2020
    Find out what your peers are saying about Citrix Gateway vs. F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) and other solutions. Updated: March 2020.
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    Citrix Gateway is ranked 1st in Universal Access Gateways with 11 reviews while F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) is ranked 1st in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) with 46 reviews. Citrix Gateway is rated 8.0, while F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Citrix Gateway writes "Low maintenance, multiple pricing options, and easily scalable". On the other hand, the top reviewer of F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) writes "Great support, helpful documentation, and is user-friendly". Citrix Gateway is most compared with Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client, Fortinet FortiClient, Prisma Access by Palo Alto Networks, Pulse Connect Secure and VMware Workspace ONE, whereas F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) is most compared with Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, NGINX Plus, Citrix NetScaler, Fortinet FortiADC and HAProxy. See our Citrix Gateway vs. F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) report.

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