Citrix NetScaler vs Fortinet FortiADC comparison


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Citrix NetScaler
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Fortinet FortiADC
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Mindshare comparison

As of June 2024, in the Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) category, the mindshare of Citrix NetScaler is 13.1%, down from 15.1% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Fortinet FortiADC is 11.4%, up from 6.9% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
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Featured Reviews

it_user1226787 - PeerSpot reviewer
Jan 29, 2020
Has good load-balancing features but we have experienced some authentication problems
We deploy it for enterprise customers and some schools that are located in Denmark The load balancing is one of the most valuable features. We have several load balancing solutions like F5 and Fortinet. I will try to migrate all the tools to the cloud because there is more lab and more VPN…
Andrew Reynolds - PeerSpot reviewer
Jun 20, 2024
Has OWASP Top Ten feature for automated protection and can do offline patches without causing customer outages
I like the load-balancing components because they are very straightforward. The interface is easy to get around and follows a very logical pattern and the API's are very easy to follow. The basic OWASP protections it offers in the web application firewall are also useful. The tool does what it says on the box. Setting up priority groups and using health monitors is easy. We can do patches offline to application servers without causing outages that would affect the customer. The web application firewall features, especially those related to the OWASP Top Ten, provide easily integrated and automated protections. This helps with legislative compliance for our Apps and for compliance with the PCI security standards. This allows more flexibility in patching the back end applications and it offers visibility into the requests being made to the applications - you can't protect what you can't see.

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:


"We use the solution's IP Reputation and bot protection features."
"For desktop application management, I recommend the NetScaler edition. This product is like a Swiss army knife. Citrix NetScaler ADC supports the education front-end."
"I like the ease of use. It's easy to manage. I also like it's ease of use with virtualization technologies with applications."
"It is simple for both IT specialists and customers."
"It is the best product out there."
"The flexibility in configuration options is impressive."
"The program is easy to install and to set up."
"Its customer support service is good."
"From a technical perspective, it is the most scalable device from Fortinet."
"I like the solution's load balance with DNS intelligence."
"The GSLB, the DR side, is the best part. Because we had our main side in one city, we created another, and we had a complete MPLS over the internet. We used the GSLB and data loss for our business applications."
"The most valuable feature is its simplicity."
"Fortinet FortiADC is a good product because each and every piece of content is monitored by it."
"The product has flexible and interesting licensing options."
"The main feature that we use is GSLB (Global Server Load Balancing). GSLB makes the customer's network more reliable by scaling applications across multiple datacenters. GSLB as a disaster recovery solution can direct traffic based on site availability."
"Although FortiADC has multiple features that I like, the global DNS is the most helpful. It is primarily useful for customers with huge environments and at least two data centers. FortiADC can act as your DNS server. It can check which data center has the lowest latency, and route traffic to that one. It's an intelligent DNS."


"The technical support could be better. Whenever I contacted support, I rarely got the solution that we needed. And most of the time, I finished fixing the problem by looking on the internet or by finding documents about the problem on Google."
"Getting to use some of the advanced tools, even with the assistance of Citrix support, can be challenging."
"Citrix should offer a demo or free-trial version of NetScaler. Several other vendors do, but Citrix does not. Pricing should also be more readily available."
"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."
"There are certain features that are very useful and Citrix makes you pay a bit more for them."
"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."
"I think the documentation should be improved."
"There is a mismatch between the number of features they are offering and the device capacity on how much it can handle."
"Setup could be easier. The company's homework is to redesign those menus to configure with the smallest number of steps."
"The solution should improve finding false positives and false negatives. There are a lot of false positives."
"I had a terrible experience with Fortinet support. I only used support once when I bought the solution. I got no response for two days. However, I believe that it's no longer the case. Fortinet solutions have problems when they're launched. For example, we had issues with Fortinet's authenticator when it came out. We also had trouble with FortiNAC in the beginning."
"The initial setup could be simplified."
"The user interface could be more friendly and CLI could be more like that of Fortigate."
"The solution’s pricing could be improved."
"The configuration is relatively complex."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"It is very pricey, but we get it. If you need the best, money shouldn't be a problem."
"For the specific use case that my customers primarily engage with, I would give the pricing a rating of seven out of ten."
"I do not have any experience with the pricing of the product."
"You get the value for your money. There aren't any hidden fees."
"The price for Citrix ADC here in Mexico was good, when you compare it with F5 and Radware."
"We have been evaluating F5, Citrix, and other ADC products. Citrix is the most expense of all of them."
"When compared to other solutions, the cost is high."
"We are quite happy with price. It's not too high."
"The product has average pricing. I rate its pricing a five out of ten."
"I believe the price is good. It's fair. There are no extra costs."
"The solution could be more cost-effective."
"The product has affordable pricing."
"The solution is less expensive than F5 or Imperva and is the most reasonably priced option available."
"The solution's pricing is an issue and should be improved."
"Compared to F5, FortiADC pricing is better."
"They offer a perpetual license."
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Questions from the Community

What do you like most about Citrix ADC?
The most valuable feature for us is the application firewalling in Citrix NetScaler, ensuring only valid traffic enters our environment.
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Citrix ADC?
After deployment, Citrix Netscaler shifted to a subscription-based license scheme for support, which is slightly more expensive.
What needs improvement with Citrix ADC?
Citrix NetScaler is a robust product, but mastering it requires significant learning and training due to its complexity. While it could be easier to manage, it is like transitioning from driving a ...
Is Citrix ADC (formerly Netscaler) the best ADC to use and if not why?
For ADC, any ADC can do a good job. But in case if you want to add WAF functionality to the same ADC hardware you have to look for other ADC's like F5, Imperva, Radware, Fortinet, etc.
Do you recommend Fortinet FortiADC?
I recommend Fortinet FortiADC. My experience with Fortinet has been very positive. Our company has been using it for around five years. We mainly use FortiADC for the load balancing of application ...
What do you like most about Fortinet FortiADC?
The user interface is very easy and integrates with Sandbox easily.

Also Known As

Citrix ADC, NetScaler, Citrix NetScaler VPX
FortiADC Application Delivery Controller, FortiADC

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Sample Customers

ABB Schweiz, Aer Lingus, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Amnet Technology Solutions, Aramex International, Ascenty, Atos, Autodesk
Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
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