Citrix NetScaler vs Ivanti Virtual Web Application Firewall comparison


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Citrix NetScaler
Ranking in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC)
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Ivanti Virtual Web Applicat...
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Web Application Firewall (WAF) (45th)

Mindshare comparison

As of July 2024, in the Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) category, the mindshare of Citrix NetScaler is 13.5%, down from 15.4% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Ivanti Virtual Web Application Firewall is 0.3%, down from 0.4% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
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Q&A Highlights

it_user712188 - PeerSpot reviewer
Jun 30, 2018

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Dec 11, 2022
Easy to manage and affordable with good security, performance, and high availability
It has many use cases. It is used for the high availability of the service and for connecting local sites or geolocation sites called GSNP.  We are selling all of its models. Citrix ADC can be deployed on the cloud or on-premises Citrix ADC has increased the productivity of the staff by keeping…
Oct 24, 2019
Good feature set and is simple to deploy
In terms of what needs improvement, the price could be lowered. We've tried to deploy more of them but our purchasing department has said that they're way too expensive and they would prefer to use something else. We sort of stopped deploying them because of that. There are additional costs to the standard licensing. There are bandwidth prices. The feature set is quite good. We've been told to stop using them because of the price. If they can do something to address that I believe it would be better. On the latest version they've got a community edition, which is quite a good bandwidth, but in essence, it's to address the entry-level price. When you get to 10 gig bandwidth, it's way too expensive.

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


"The program is easy to install and to set up."
"The solution is very stable."
"Citrix Netscaler makes it easy to provide services to end users, offering better visibility into user sessions compared to VMware. However, instability in network or machine can cause headaches as it's hard to pinpoint issues. SSL offload feature enhances security posture by providing secure connectivity between end users and backend systems. We use additional Azure remote security solutions for comprehensive protection."
"The most valuable feature for us is the application firewalling in Citrix NetScaler, ensuring only valid traffic enters our environment."
"The NetScaler appliance has provided a lot of customers with greater high availability for their enterprise applications within a single site and across multiple locations."
"I find all of it to be valuable, because of the flexibility that is built into this product."
"I can turn on features without actually owning a license. I can test them out, I can use them for a while, and then I can be licensed up. That's awesome. I don't have to have a license immediately before I can start to deploy things rapidly, rapid deployment is a plus."
"Its customer support service is good."
"The most valuable aspect of this solution is that it is simple to deploy. The deployment took us ten minutes."


"It can be difficult to setup."
"I would like to see multifactor authentication added to this solution to improve the security."
"I think there is always room for improvement in this type of solutions. For example, I think the GUI should be easy to understand."
"Getting to use some of the advanced tools, even with the assistance of Citrix support, can be challenging."
"Finding relevant documentation for learning NetScaler can be challenging, especially for beginners who prefer a web interface over command-line interfaces."
"Reducing the overhead required for AppFlow data collection, specifically for HDX Insight, would be a huge improvement."
"Citrix should improve the documentation. It is not really clear how to set up many features to our advantage. When we setup Citrix NetScaler ADC, we have to figure it out by ourselves without a lot of documentation."
"It was challenging explaining to customers that it's no longer NetScaler but ADC, and now it's not just ADC but also the rebranding from NetScaler."
"In terms of what needs improvement, the price could be lowered. We've tried to deploy more of them but our purchasing department has said that they're way too expensive and they would prefer to use something else."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"The license for Citrix NetScaler is on an annual basis and it is reasonably priced."
"It's an expensive product but it works well."
"There isn't much of a difference between the cost of Citrix and that of other similar solutions."
"I do not have any experience with the pricing of the product."
"F5 BIG-IP is much more expensive than Citrix ADC. For example, If we choose two platforms, Citrix ADC, 3000 version, and we choose F5, F4200 version. F5 BIG-IP has connections, timers, and throughput similar to Citrix ADC, but the price is very expensive."
"Citrix NetScaler VPX is not the cheapest solution out there, but you get what you pay for."
"We are quite happy with price. It's not too high."
"For the specific use case that my customers primarily engage with, I would give the pricing a rating of seven out of ten."
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Answers from the Community

it_user712188 - PeerSpot reviewer
Jun 30, 2018
Jun 30, 2018
Zeus was a great company - Its a shame Riverbed screwed up the acquisition and destroyed it. The product has been in a state of limbo for several years, I wouldn't trust Pulse to make anything out of it. Go with F5 or Citrix if you have the money. If money is an issue then go with Kemp or which are #1 and #2 at the value end of the market. Radware is pretty cool as well - but ...
2 out of 5 answers
Jun 19, 2018
As far as I know, Netscaler has special hardware solution SDX where you can run virtual appliance (VPX) so much as you need and license determines the total system performance. It's not a problem for scaling virtual appliance by each application. You can ask Citrix managers for details. I hope it will be helpful.
Jun 19, 2018
My thought would be Barracuda Cloud WAF. This will work in 15 min. With lb and default templates. Go to Select WAF for hardware or select cloud. Additional info ask if needed

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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 ...
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Also Known As

Citrix ADC, NetScaler, Citrix NetScaler VPX
Pulse vWAF, Pulse Virtual Traffic Manager

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