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Score 8 out of 100
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Score 9.3 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Barracuda Load Balancer ADC

Barracuda is an inexpensive solution for load balancing web traffic of all kinds and works as a reverse proxy if you need one. It is efficient and has been a very stable solution. If you need extremely granular configuration for your load balancing traffic, then you may need to go with one of the bigger brands. Barracuda will more than handle regular small and medium business use and do so at a greatly reduced price point.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

NGINX

[NGINX] is very well suited for high performance. I have seen it used on servers with 1k current connections with no issues. Despite seeing it used in many environments I've never seen software developers use it over apache, express, IIS in local dev environments so it may be more difficult to setup. I've also seen it used to load balance again without issues.
Josh Stapp | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Application Servers

Barracuda Load Balancer ADC
NGINX
7.7
IDE support
Barracuda Load Balancer ADC
NGINX
6.0
Security management
Barracuda Load Balancer ADC
NGINX
8.4
Administration and management
Barracuda Load Balancer ADC
NGINX
6.3
Application server performance
Barracuda Load Balancer ADC
NGINX
9.4
Installation
Barracuda Load Balancer ADC
NGINX
7.4
Open-source standards compliance
Barracuda Load Balancer ADC
NGINX
9.0

Pros

Barracuda Load Balancer ADC

  • Excellent Load Balancing.
  • Flexible configuration - It's very simple to configure and powerful enough to handle many more websites than just our exchange site.
  • Continuously updated - Barracuda makes fairly frequent updates to address issues and improve features.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

NGINX

  • Very low memory usage. Can handle many more connections than alternatives (like Apache HTTPD) due to low overhead. (event-based architecture).
  • Great at serving static content.
  • Scales very well. Easy to host multiple Nginx servers to promote high availability.
  • Open-Source (no cost)!
Gabriel Samaroo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Barracuda Load Balancer ADC

  • Overall, there are no issues. It just runs.
Shawn Umansky | TrustRadius Reviewer

NGINX

  • Being relatively newer than alternatives such as Apache, NGINX has room to mature in some areas
  • While very well supported by most OS and cloud vendors, NGINX still requires some additional setup configurations to get going, it is still viewed as a secondary (although better in many cases) option
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Barracuda Load Balancer ADC

Barracuda Load Balancer ADC 10.0
Based on 1 answer
It is a product we plan on continuing to use.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

NGINX

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

Barracuda Load Balancer ADC

Barracuda Load Balancer ADC 9.0
Based on 1 answer
It is fairly easy to learn after support helps you set it up and shows you how things work. Which they will do.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

NGINX

NGINX 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Front end proxy and reverse proxy of Nginx is always useful. I always prefer to Nginx in overall usability when you have application server and database or multiple application servers and single database i.e. clustered application. Nginx provides really good features and flexibility which helps the system administrator in case of troubleshooting and also from the administration perspective. Also, Nginx doesn't delay any request because of internal performance issues.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Barracuda Load Balancer ADC

Barracuda Load Balancer ADC 8.0
Based on 5 answers
It did well for basic needs but would not deliver for all our services.
Timothy Good | TrustRadius Reviewer

NGINX

NGINX 7.8
Based on 10 answers
I'm explicitly rating the open-source version of NGINX here. The open-source version has good documentation and useful examples. As one of the most web servers in the world, there is a wide range of tutorials and examples to learn from. This does have the drawback of potentially using older documentation, but NGINX has excellent default behavior, and the official documentation is easy to use. Their paid support seems excellent as well, though we haven't taken advantage of it yet.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Barracuda Load Balancer ADC

We also had looked at Kemp and F5. The Kemp and F5 had a lot of horsepower and advanced configuration and functionality. When we looked at our workload and how we were planning on using the load balancers, we really didn't need all those extra bells and whistles. Barracuda provided all the standard functionality we needed and were looking for and did so at a greatly reduced price point.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

NGINX

NetApp, f1, etc., [I've] used them all. I find using commodity hardware across diverse endpoints running software solutions is cheaper while being more available than individual hardware solutions. and I find Nginx to be the best proxy solution that can do everything we need.
L Matthew Blancett | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Barracuda Load Balancer ADC

  • It has allowed us to maintain a very high level of uptime.
  • It has allowed us to perform server updates without the downtime of services.
  • It has provided a consistent user experience by properly balancing service loads across servers.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

NGINX

  • By using Nginx, we can host multiple web services on a single server, keeping our infrastructure costs lower.
  • Nginx maintains our HTTPS connections, allowing us to keep our promise to our customers that their data is safe in transit.
  • Due to Nginx's extremely low failure rate, our web addresses always return something meaningful, even when individual services go down. In sense, this means we are "always online" and allows us to maintain brand and support our customers even in the face of catastrophe.
Tyler Johnson | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Barracuda Load Balancer ADC

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

NGINX

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Barracuda Load Balancer ADC
8.0
NGINX
9.4

Likelihood to Renew

Barracuda Load Balancer ADC
10.0
NGINX

Usability

Barracuda Load Balancer ADC
9.0
NGINX
9.0

Support Rating

Barracuda Load Balancer ADC
8.0
NGINX
7.8

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