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We performed a comparison between Citrix NetScaler and 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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"High availability, performance, and security are the main pillars. It enhances the security for accessing the applications.""The best feature of Citrix is its track record of stability in its features.""It is simple for both IT specialists and customers.""Easy, user-friendly setup with content switching and integrated caching features.""The solution is extremely stable.""What I like most about Citrix NetScaler is its stability, and I didn't see a lot of issues with it.""The most valuable feature is the SSL VPN.""The feature that I have found most valuable is its load balancing."

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"It's pretty much a Swiss Army knife for managing all the load balancing techniques."" is less complex than Citrix.""The connection that this solution helps our servers maintain has been most useful.""Loadbalancer is easy to use. It performs well, with low latency.""The performance is good.""I like the different ways to balance the chart.""I found scalability in valuable.""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."

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"Its GUI should be improved. Its CLI is powerful, but GUI needs more features.""The technical support could be improved. They do not respond or assist customers in a timely manner.""In terms of what could be improved, I would say the user interface because sometimes it can be complicated.""Native integration needs to be improved. You cannot build ISE codes natively. For DevOps, integration would be very helpful because it would be a lot simpler from an operational standpoint.""The setup for Citrix NetScaler has room for improvement. It could be easier.""Technical support could be improved.""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.""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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"'s complexity could be reduced.""Loadbalancer is expensive. At Globo, it is probably the most expensive tool we use. Annually, we are paying more than $1 million.""An area for improvement in is that sometimes it works fine, but sometimes, it has issues. The setup for is also complex, so that's another area for improvement.""The interface from should be improved.""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.""The configuration is somewhat complicated. Someone who does not know the solution may find this challenging.""The configuration is somewhat complicated. Someone who does not know the solution may find this challenging.""The solution can be a bit pricey."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
  • "You can do CapEx and then a yearly monthly fee, or you can do a subscription model, whether that's one month, month-to-month, or three-year subscription model."
  • "Its price is comparable to others and affordable."
  • "The client pays for the Citrix NetScaler license annually."
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  • " 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."
  • "The costs associated with depends on the technology. For some, we need to pay, but others are open, so they're free."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature is the SSL VPN.
    Top Answer:The licensing is more expensive than others, and I rate it a seven out of ten.
    Top Answer:The SLB could be better, and they should improve it. We want to see REST proxy and WAF capabilities in the next release.
    Top Answer:Since 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:I like the different ways to balance the chart.
    Top Answer:Loadbalancer is expensive. At Globo, it is probably the most expensive tool we use. Annually, we are paying more than $1 million. I think the price is fair because we are heavy users that put on… more »
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    Citrix ADC, 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. 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'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. provides robust, impenetrable solutions by offering numerous seamless original equipment manufacturer (OEM) integrations and partnerships.

    Top Industries that use

    • Healthcare: is widely considered the top load balancer provider in the healthcare IT industry. 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: 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: solutions provide an extra layer of security to protect against the latest risk and threats. will provide a close integration to ensure the organization is always secure.
    • Print: can work with organizations to ensure their print environments keep working smoothly and is the only organization that fully supports Microsoft Print load balancing. minimizes the complexities of print environments to ensure that all systems are consistently available. is certified as an OEM provider for all of Microsoft's most popular key applications and solutions. has created and developed streamlined deployments to facilitate improved scalability, performance, and uptime. They offer a tailored GUI to make every process super easy. offers several flexible licensing plans to ensure cost-effectiveness, improved margins, revenue opportunities, and optimized TCO. The numerous robust solutions 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

    “ 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 and other open-source tools. Many customers are of different sizes and have different budgets. 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
    Financial Services Firm19%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Manufacturing Company14%
    Healthcare Company8%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Healthcare Company7%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Construction Company10%
    Company Size
    Small Business31%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise45%
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise62%
    Small Business35%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise55%
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise62%
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    Citrix NetScaler vs.
    January 2023
    Find out what your peers are saying about Citrix NetScaler vs. and other solutions. Updated: January 2023.
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    Citrix NetScaler is ranked 3rd in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) with 19 reviews while is ranked 8th in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) with 9 reviews. Citrix NetScaler is rated 8.6, while is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Citrix NetScaler writes "Provides a great web application firewalling component along with very good functionality". On the other hand, the top reviewer of 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 Barracuda Web Application Firewall, whereas is most compared with HAProxy, F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM), Kemp LoadMaster, Fortinet FortiADC and NGINX Plus. See our Citrix NetScaler vs. report.

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