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 solution. Loadbalancer.org is straightforward to deploy and is generally easy to use. It performs well, with low latency and has been reliable for us.
Loadbalancer.org is scalable, but scaling it requires installing a new appliance. We see that it handles up to 10,000 decisions each day.
Loadbalancer.org is free, but there is an option to pay for premium support. I found that the premium support was very helpful and I would recommend paying for a support license. We only had to open one ticket in the past year, so that says something about Loadbalancer.org’s stability.
Here are some of the benefits of Loadbalancer.org:
Scalable with the correct hardware.
Stable - Reliable and performs well.
Low cost - open-source and free of charge.
Here are a few issues that I feel could improve with Loadbalancer.org:
In order to increase capacity, one has to buy new hardware.
Lacks bonding capability.
It would be great if Loadbalancer.org could make rules for specific shared bots.
I rate Loadbalancer.org 7 out of 10. I would recommend Loadbalancer.org for some companies depending on their business requirements.
Technical Specialist - Network & Security at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Aug 25, 2020
1. Kemp Load Master only support SaaS whereas Loadbalancer.org support Windows, Mac & SaaS.
2. Both having Authentication, Automatic Configuration, Content Routing, Content Caching,Data Compression, Health Monitoring, Redundancy Checking etc facility.
Principal Application Experience Architect at Kemp Technologies
Sep 16, 2020
Kemp LoadMaster is a vendor designed and supported load balancing platform focused on core load balancing technologies. Kemp supports server load balancing (SLB) and global server load balancing (GSLB). LoadMaster supports edge authentication including two-factor authentication, single sign on (SSO), Kerberos, and LDAP among other models. Kemp LoadMaster also has the ability to provide fully functional web application firewall (WAF) services.
LoadMaster is a software-based solution available as a VM for all major hypervisors, cloud marketplace (AWS, Azure, etc.) and hardware. Kemp simplifies the load balancing technology through a simple to use GUI and over 80 templates for the most commonly used applications.
Kemp is a global organization with 100,000+ deployments and the top rated load balancer on Gartner's Peer Insights with over 150 recent ratings: www.gartner.com/reviews/market/application-delivery-controllers
LoadBalancer.org uses software based on opensource HAProxy and opensource Pound. LoadBalancer.org also utilizes other opensource projects such as STunnel and Ldirectord. You will get the features within the free HAProxy code (and others) with a LoadBalancer.org GUI. This information is documented in their current Administration Manual: http://pdfs.loadbalancer.org/loadbalanceradministrationv8.pdf
This means that the functionality is dependent on the opensource community for updates and there will be a lag for these features to be rolled into LoadBalancer.org's product.
From a performance perspective, both vendors probably have solutions to meet your needs. I also believe that both solutions can support the applications that you plan to load balance. The more important questions to ask yourself are 1) how easy it will be for you to configure and deploy the load balancing technology and 2) how painful will it be for you to manage and support the technology operationally.
First, I believe that you will find both solutions relatively easy to deploy since both vendors focus on core load balancing functionality (SLB and GSLB). Having said that, Kemp offers pre-built application templates for many commonly used applications to make the configuration that much easier: https://kemptechnologies.com/docs/. Kemp focuses on making the work easy for the customer.
Second, for operational support, I cannot speak for LoadBalancer.org's support organization, but Kemp's is stellar with a 99% customer satisfaction feedback rating. As mentioned above, one concern for vendors that rely heavily on opensource code is the delay from an opensource project update to the time those changes get incorporated into a vendor's officially released and supported product. We (the IT industry) have seen problems with this model on a regular basis throughout time. A good example is the delay for all vendors as OpenSSL code was updated from 1.0.1 to 1.1 to 1.1.1 and all of the discovered security vulnerabilities with prior versions.
Major caveat: I work for Kemp. Having said that, I have worked with load balancing technology for over 20 years (starting with Cisco Local Director), and have worked with, and for, multiple load balancing vendors. My goal is to be factual. I have sourced my data where possible and if I have not, I recommend that you fact check my information. Ultimately, I believe with the correct data, you will make the right decision.