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Score 8.4 out of 100
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Score 9.1 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Application Servers

    Barracuda Load Balancer ADC

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.7

    NGINX

    87%
    NGINX ranks higher in 6/6 features

    IDE support

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    3 Ratings

    Security management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.8
    88%
    5 Ratings

    Administration and management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.3
    83%
    5 Ratings

    Application server performance

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.5
    95%
    5 Ratings

    Installation

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.5
    85%
    5 Ratings

    Open-source standards compliance

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.1
    91%
    4 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Barracuda Load Balancer ADC is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating
    • NGINX is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend
    • Barracuda Load Balancer ADC and NGINX are tied in 1 area: Usability

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.4

    Barracuda Load Balancer ADC

    84%
    5 Ratings
    9.1

    NGINX

    91%
    29 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    10.0

    Barracuda Load Balancer ADC

    100%
    1 Rating

    NGINX

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Usability

    9.0

    Barracuda Load Balancer ADC

    90%
    1 Rating
    9.0

    NGINX

    90%
    1 Rating

    Support Rating

    8.3

    Barracuda Load Balancer ADC

    83%
    5 Ratings
    8.1

    NGINX

    81%
    8 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Barracuda Networks, Inc.

    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.
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    F5

    [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.
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    Pros

    Barracuda Networks, Inc.

    • 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.
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    F5

    • 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)!
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    Cons

    Barracuda Networks, Inc.

    • Overall, there are no issues. It just runs.
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    F5

    • Customer support can be strangely condescending, perhaps it's a language issue?
    • I find it a little weird how the release versions used for Nginx+ aren't the same as for open source version. It can be very confusing to determine the cross-compatibility of modules, etc., because of this.
    • It seems like some (most?) modules on their own site are ancient and no longer supported, so their documentation in this area needs work.
    • It's difficult to navigate between nginx.com commercial site and customer support. They need to be integrated together.
    • I'd love to see more work done on nginx+ monitoring without requiring logging every request. I understand that many statistics can only be derived from logs, but plenty should work without that. Logging is not an option in many environments.
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    Pricing Details

    Barracuda Load Balancer ADC

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Barracuda Load Balancer ADC editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      NGINX

      Starting Price

      Editions & Modules

      NGINX editions and modules pricing
      EditionModules

      Footnotes

        Offerings

        Free Trial
        Free/Freemium Version
        Premium Consulting/Integration Services

        Entry-level set up fee?

        Optional

        Additional Details

        Likelihood to Renew

        Barracuda Networks, Inc.

        It is a product we plan on continuing to use.
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        F5

        No answers on this topic

        Usability

        Barracuda Networks, Inc.

        It is fairly easy to learn after support helps you set it up and shows you how things work. Which they will do.
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        F5

        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.
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        Support Rating

        Barracuda Networks, Inc.

        It did well for basic needs but would not deliver for all our services.
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        F5

        Community support is great, and they've also had a presence at conferences. Overall, there is no shortage of documentation and community support. We're currently using it to serve up some WordPress sites, and configuring NGINX for this purpose is well documented.
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        Alternatives Considered

        Barracuda Networks, Inc.

        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.
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        F5

        We have used Traffic, Apache, Google Cloud Load Balancing and other managed cloud-based load balancers. When it comes to scale and customization nothing beats Nginx. We selected Nginx over the others because
        • we have a large number of services and we can manage a single Nginx instance for all of them
        • we have high impact services and Nginx never breaks a sweat under load
        • individual services have special considerations and Nginx lets us configure each one uniquely
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        Return on Investment

        Barracuda Networks, Inc.

        • 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.
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        F5

        • Nginx has decreased the burden of web server administration and maintenance, and we are spending less time on server issues than when we were using Apache.
        • Nginx has allowed more people in our company to get involved with configuring things on the web server, so there's no longer a single point of failure ("the Apache guy").
        • Nginx has given us the ability to handle a larger number of requests without scaling up in hardware quite so quickly.
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