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We performed a comparison between HAProxy and NGINX Plus 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.
To learn more, read our detailed HAProxy vs. NGINX Plus Report (Updated: November 2022).
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Pros
"The features I find valuable in this solution are session control which automatically disconnects users that forget to log off, and the ability to write rules to either allow or block certain file requests.""The most valuable thing for me is TCP/IP Layer 4 stuff you can do with HAProxy. You can go down to the protocol level and make decisions on something.""It is scalable.""The solution is user-friendly and efficient.""We don't have a problem with the user interface. it's good.""Load balancing is valuable, and we are also using the WAF feature.""Stability is number one.""The most valuable feature of HAProxy is that its open source."

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"The load balancing module, which is equivalent to LTM, is the focus of the PSE. So far, the features of both are identical. I believe NGINX has more features for securing these services, but in terms of load balancing, both are massive solutions.""NGINX Plus also has NGINX App Protect. It's a separate module, which is inspired by the F5 apps.""The web proxy and the database proxy are excellent.""Supports IMAP, POP and SMTP protocols for the reverse proxy.""NGINX Plus' most valuable feature is the ingress controller.""This solution has everything."

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Cons
"Sometimes it's challenging to get through the log, and you need a log to understand what is going on. It isn't easy to map the logging with the documentation, and every time I read the log, I have to pull out the documentation to understand what I'm reading.""The reconfigurability in terms of the tooling could be improved and maybe an editor plugin can be added.""The GUI should be more responsive and show the detailed output of logs.""Documentation could be improved.""There is no standardized document available. So, any individual has to work from scratch to work it out. If some standard deployment details are available, it would be helpful for people while deploying it. There should be more documentation on the standard deployment.""We've changed solutions as it doesn't fit with our current needs.""While troubleshooting, we are having some difficulties. There are no issues when it is running; it is stable and very good; however, if there is a troubleshooting issue or an incident occurs, we will have issues because this is open-source.""The solution can be improved by controlling TCP behavior better and mandating to clients what the expected outcome must be in order to avoid receiving contestant timeout logs."

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"The drawback is that you must obtain a license for everything.""It would be great if there was even more automation to make it even easier to maintain.""The KPI should be more focused on load balancing and the latency in application calling from the end system.""NGINX is a very basic load balancer and cannot do as many customizations as F5.""NGINX Plus is moderately priced, but it could give better value for money.""The center management system could be improved."

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  • "It is free of cost."
  • "HAProxy is free open-source software."
  • "When it comes to pricing HAProxy is free."
  • "HAProxy is a free open-source solution."
  • "The licensing fee for the solution is $690 per unit annually."
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  • "You pay for each feature that you want."
  • "The list price of NGINX Plus is close to $5,500."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:I do recommend HAProxy for more simple applications or for companies with a low budget, since HAProxy is a free, open-source product. HAProxy is also a good choice for someone looking for a stable… more »
    Top Answer:The features I find valuable in this solution are session control which automatically disconnects users that forget to log off, and the ability to write rules to either allow or block certain file… more »
    Top Answer:IIS is a flexible, secure, and manageable web server to host anything on the web. IIS’s scalable and open architecture can handle the most demanding tasks. From media streaming to web applications… more »
    Top Answer:I think installation only took a couple of minutes — no more than 10 minutes.
    Top Answer:Their license fee has gone up, so that is one concern that we have. We are looking for alternative solutions which compare well and fit into our budget. We are interested in an open-source version… more »
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    Also Known As
    HAProxy Community Edition, HAProxy Enterprise Edition, HAPEE
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    Overview

    HAProxy is considered by many in the industry to be one of the fastest and most popular and trusted software load balancer products in the marketplace today. Organizations are able to immediately deploy HAProxy solutions to enable websites and applications to optimize performance, security, and observability. HAProxy solutions are available to scale to any environment.

    HAProxy is an open-source product and has a robust, active, reliable community. The solutions are continually tested and improved on by the community. HAProxy offers a dynamic design to support the most modern architectures, microservices, and deployment environments (appliances, containers, virtual, and cloud).

    HAProxy utilizes a cloud-native protocol, which makes it a complete solution for cloud services such as Red Hat OpenShift, OVH, Rackspace, Digital Ocean, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and more. It also can be used as the reference load balancer in OpenStack.

    HAProxy Products

    • HAProxy One: This is a next-gen end-to-end application delivery platform created to secure and streamline modern application architectures. It offers a complete suite of solutions, such as application delivery software, turnkey, and appliance services observed and administered through a central control plane. The product supplies application acceleration, CDN, DDoS, bot management, WAF capabilities, and load balancing.
    • HAProxy Fusion Control Plane: This product enables organizations to streamline workflows, arrange traffic routing and security protocols, enhance the speed of delivery, and scale out of the organization’s applications. HAProxy Fusion Control Plane offers an intuitive user interface to observe and control the complete product lineup and API for administering numerous fleets of HAProxy Enterprise servers, either in the cloud or on premises.
    • HAProxy Edge: This product offering is an application delivery network (ADN) that provides a broad array of turnkey application services with amazing scale and complete visibility. Services include application and content acceleration, advanced security, and load balancing.
    • HAProxy ALOHA Hardware or Virtual Load Balancer: This product is a virtual load balancer or plug-and-play hardware constructed upon HAProxy Enterprise that is designed to support proxying at Layer 4 and Layer 7. It has a user-friendly GUI, simple deployment, and no limit on backend servers, making it a complete product for organizations desiring a reliable system to provide high-end load distribution for critical services.
    • HAProxy Enterprise Kubernetes Ingress Controller: This product is designed to facilitate smooth traffic flow into a Kubernetes cluster. It is able to automatically discover anomalies and changes in an organization's Kubernetes infrastructure and provide precise distribution of traffic to healthy pods, with no downtime caused by poor pod health or scaling changes. The product comes with an embedded WAF to optimize the security of an organization’s applications running in Kubernetes.
    • HAProxy Enterprise: This product is the enterprise-class edition of HAProxy offering a dynamic and sturdy code base with next-generation features, an enterprise suite of add-ons, professional services, and trusted support. 

      • Cluster-wide tracking and rate limiting
      • Advanced DDoS and bot management
      • Web application firewall
      • Reliable expert support
      • High performance modules
      • Device detection and geolocation
      • Real-time dashboard

    Reviews from Real Users

    Having the right load balancing solution – which is what HAProxy is – and protection in place gives organizations peace of mind.” - Nathanel S., Platform Architect at SES

    “I use HAProxy for individuals who can not buy low balancers. I built NFV in a box and send individuals a pathway into an HAProxy VM. The setup was not difficult; it usually takes a day to complete for a VPC. When it comes to pricing, HAProxy is free.” - Nasir O., Network & Cloud Architect at Koala Compute Inc.

    NGINX Plus is the all‑in‑one application delivery platform for the modern application development.

    NGINX is the world’s most popular all‑in‑one application delivery platform for the modern application development. NGINX Plus adds enterprise-ready features for HTTP, TCP, and UDP load balancing, such as session persistencehealth checksadvanced monitoring, and management to give you the freedom to innovate without being constrained by infrastructure.

    NGINX Plus is a cloud‑native, reverse proxy, load balancer, and API gateway. NGINX Plus boasts scalable and reliable high availability along with monitoring to support debugging and diagnosing complex application architectures. Active health checks proactively poll upstream server status to get ahead of issues, and the integrated live activity monitoring dashboard provides a single‑pane view of your app environment. The NGINX Plus API enables integration with existing tools, optimizing resources and reducing tool sprawl.

    NGINX Plus extends NGINX Open Source with many additional features and support, providing customers with a complete application delivery solution.

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    Sample Customers
    Booking.com, GitHub, Reddit, StackOverflow, Tumblr, Vimeo, Yelp
    Locaweb, AppNexus, Wix, Reliam, Montana Interactive, MuleSoft, Warpwire, Discovery Education, InkaBinka, WordPress.com, Gogo, GOV.UK, NASA
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm35%
    Retailer18%
    Marketing Services Firm12%
    Manufacturing Company12%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Government7%
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    Energy/Utilities Company29%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Media Company14%
    Government14%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Government7%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise38%
    Large Enterprise32%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise64%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business64%
    Large Enterprise36%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise61%
    Buyer's Guide
    HAProxy vs. NGINX Plus
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about HAProxy vs. NGINX Plus and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
    654,658 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    HAProxy is ranked 5th in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) with 12 reviews while NGINX Plus is ranked 6th in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) with 6 reviews. HAProxy is rated 7.2, while NGINX Plus is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of HAProxy writes "You can go down to the protocol level and make decisions on something". On the other hand, the top reviewer of NGINX Plus writes "Quick installation and very easy to manage while doing orchestration or automation". HAProxy is most compared with Kemp LoadMaster, Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM), Barracuda Web Application Firewall and Citrix NetScaler, whereas NGINX Plus is most compared with IIS, F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM), Kemp LoadMaster, Microsoft Azure Application Gateway and Apache Web Server. See our HAProxy vs. NGINX Plus report.

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