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We performed a comparison between Citrix NetScaler and Loadbalancer.org based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
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653,522 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"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 solution is very stable.""Its flexibility, agility, and robustness are the most valuable. Its management and implementation are also quite easy.""High availability, performance, and security are the main pillars. It enhances the security for accessing the applications.""Compared to other solutions, Citrix ADC is much more robust in terms of the native integration to cloud platforms. It is far more robust from an operational point of view as well.""The load balancing feature of this solution is very good.""It is simple for both IT specialists and customers."

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"Loadbalancer is easy to use. It performs well, with low latency.""The features I find valuable in this solution are the ease of managing the logs on the WAFs, the ease to identify break-in attempts into the network, the front-end firewall, and a more specific firewall.""For now, it's stable.""Loadbalancer.org is less complex than Citrix.""The performance is good.""The support we have received from Loadbalancer.org has been good.""The connection that this solution helps our servers maintain has been most useful.""It's pretty much a Swiss Army knife for managing all the load balancing techniques."

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Cons
"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.""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.""The solution can improve their support and send tickets directly to a Citrix ADC engineer in order to avoid having to escalate each support call.""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.""Its GUI should be improved. Its CLI is powerful, but GUI needs more features.""We would like the licensing model for this product to be improved, as it isn't currently very transparent. There isn't a standard package available, and each extra feature creates an additional cost.""We are looking for some in-depth monitoring and analytics and more information that Citrix Director doesn't provide. ControlUp has insights that not only give you an overview but also allow you to do some drill-down troubleshooting for what's going on in your environment. We are looking for some more analytical and monitoring data to be able to monitor the environment better, not only from an application standpoint but also from the standpoint of the infrastructure to everything it sits on. They can provide more data to the administrators about what's going on within the application. They can provide data not only on the application side but also about what the application sits on. They're making strides with Citrix Analytics in regards to that.""Citrix ADC can improve if it provides a more user-friendly interface and clear working protocols. Citrix is not working with classic RFC, it is working with Citrix RFC, which is not common in the world. If engineers of Citrix can provide us with more information on working with the classic IP networks it would be a benefit."

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"You can run into an issue when one engineer passes the case over to another engineer after their shift and they don't know what the first engineer worked on up to that point.""I would like it if Loadbalancer had the ability to make rules for specific shared bots.""The configuration is somewhat complicated. Someone who does not know the solution may find this challenging.""I'd like to see scalability improved; it can be costly.""The solution can be a bit pricey.""The configuration is somewhat complicated. Someone who does not know the solution may find this challenging.""Loadbalancer.org's complexity could be reduced.""The interface from Loadbalancer.org should be improved."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
  • "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 ADC could improve the price and make it less expensive, other competitors have a better prices. This would allow Citrix ADC to keep dominating the market."
  • "There isn't much of a difference between the cost of Citrix and that of other similar solutions."
  • "The licenses for this product are payable as a yearly subscription, and carry a high price-point. The subscription scheme is quite complicated, and costs will increase with each additional feature that is required, outside of the basic setup."
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  • "For now, it's stable."
  • "Loadbalancer.org is based on open-source products, but it requires money for support and other activities."
  • "Licensing fees are paid annually."
  • "The solution requires an annual support license of $2,780 for four systems or $695 a year per unit for support not including the units."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The load balancing feature of this solution is very good.
    Top Answer:The licenses for this product are payable as a yearly subscription, and carry a high price-point. The subscription scheme is quite complicated, and costs will increase with each additional feature… more »
    Top Answer:We would like the licensing model for this product to be improved, as it isn't currently very transparent. There isn't a standard package available, and each extra feature creates an additional cost.
    Top Answer:Since Loadbalancer.org is an open-source solution, I would recommend this solution for smaller businesses that don’t have major scaling requirements and don’t have the budget for a commercial… more »
    Top Answer:The features I find valuable in this solution are the ease of managing the logs on the WAFs, the ease to identify break-in attempts into the network, the front-end firewall, and a more specific… more »
    Top Answer:The solution requires an annual support license that includes software upgrades and support. Compared to other devices in our network, the solution is quite affordable.
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    Also Known As
    Citrix ADC, 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.

    Loadbalancer.org is a unique next-generation organization that offers tailored load balancers or application delivery controllers (ADCs) to numerous organizations across various industries.

    Tailored load balancing is the new must-have in today’s complex marketplace. It is the best way for an organization to keep their applications running smoothly and to keep things simple; this is Loadbalancer.org's primary focus. The ADC appliance is tailor-made specifically to meet each individual organization's precise needs and criteria. This covers the needs of technology providers and of an organization's client base and end users. Automatically, the features that are most needed and used can be optimized, and the features that are less critical can be minimized so that resources can be conserved and the highest levels of efficiency and productivity can be maintained.

    Loadbalancer.org provides robust, impenetrable solutions by offering numerous seamless original equipment manufacturer (OEM) integrations and partnerships.

    Top Industries that use Loadbalancer.org:

    • Healthcare: Loadbalancer.org is widely considered the top load balancer provider in the healthcare IT industry. Loadbalancer.org sees that healthcare IT personnel can ensure their organizations are moving seamlessly toward interoperability and are able to easily scale to meet today’s continually growing data demands with no compromise in performance.
    • Storage solutions: Loadbalancer.org has significant offerings and partnerships with object-based storage providers to ensure they are always ready for today's ever-changing dynamic storage needs. The comprehensive integration offers high-performance scalable solutions which can provide always available next-gen storage solutions.
    • Security: Loadbalancer.org solutions provide an extra layer of security to protect against the latest risk and threats. Loadbalancer.org will provide a close integration to ensure the organization is always secure.
    • Print: Loadbalancer.org can work with organizations to ensure their print environments keep working smoothly and is the only organization that fully supports Microsoft Print load balancing. Loadbalancer.org minimizes the complexities of print environments to ensure that all systems are consistently available.

    Loadbalancer.org is certified as an OEM provider for all of Microsoft's most popular key applications and solutions. Loadbalancer.org has created and developed streamlined deployments to facilitate improved scalability, performance, and uptime. They offer a tailored GUI to make every process super easy. Loadbalancer.org offers several flexible licensing plans to ensure cost-effectiveness, improved margins, revenue opportunities, and optimized TCO. The numerous robust solutions Loadbalancer.org offers can ensure that any enterprise organization is able to satisfy the growing demands of today’s dynamic marketplace while maintaining an excellent user experience.

    Reviews from Real Users

    “Loadbalancer.org is less complex than Citrix. In some cases, our customers do not have an engineer on staff who can support this device. These customers have a large number of Linux engineers but don't have the money. We suggested using Loadbalancer.org and other open-source tools. Many customers are of different sizes and have different budgets. Loadbalancer.org has everything that is needed.” - Artem M., System Engineer at CROC

    “We use Loadbalancer for balancing loads in our main application. Loadbalancer is easy to use. It performs well, with low latency.” - Walid M., Network and Security Engineer at a logistics company

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    Sample Customers
    ABB Schweiz, Aer Lingus, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Amnet Technology Solutions, Aramex International, Ascenty, Atos, Autodesk
    Vodafone, NASA, Mercedes, NBC, Siemens, AT&T, Barclays, Zurich, Penn State University, Fiserv, Canon, Toyota, University of Cambridge, US Army, US Navy, Ocean Spray, ASOS, Pfizer, BBC, Bacardi, Monsoon, River Island, U.S Air Force, King's College London, NHS, Ricoh, Philips, Santander, TATA Communications, Ericcson, Ross Video, Evertz, TalkTalk TV, Giacom, Rapid Host.
    Top Industries
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    Financial Services Firm19%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Manufacturing Company14%
    Healthcare Company8%
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    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Government8%
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    Government21%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Healthcare Company7%
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    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Construction Company9%
    Government7%
    Company Size
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    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise48%
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    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise62%
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    Small Business35%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise55%
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    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise62%
    Buyer's Guide
    Citrix NetScaler vs. Loadbalancer.org
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Citrix NetScaler vs. Loadbalancer.org and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
    653,522 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Citrix NetScaler is ranked 4th in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) with 20 reviews while Loadbalancer.org is ranked 9th in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) with 8 reviews. Citrix NetScaler is rated 8.6, while Loadbalancer.org is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Citrix NetScaler 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 Loadbalancer.org writes "Great WAF - low-maintenance solution that performs as advertised ". Citrix NetScaler is most compared with Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM), Fortinet FortiADC, HAProxy and NGINX Plus, whereas Loadbalancer.org is most compared with HAProxy, F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM), Kemp LoadMaster, Fortinet FortiADC and NGINX Plus. See our Citrix NetScaler vs. Loadbalancer.org report.

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