F5 BIG-IP DNS vs. Kemp LoadMaster

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
F5 BIG-IP DNS
Score 9.2 out of 10
N/A
F5 BIG-IP DNS (formerly BIG-IP Global Traffic Manager) secures DNS infrastructure.N/A
Kemp LoadMaster
Score 8.0 out of 10
N/A
LoadMaster from Kemp Technologies in New York is an application delivery controller.
$1,720
per year
Pricing
F5 BIG-IP DNSKemp LoadMaster
Editions & Modules
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VLM-500
1,720
per year
VLM-500
2,000
perpetual license
VLM-3000
3,050
per year
VLM-3000
4,000
perpetual license
VLM-MAX
7,610
per year
VLM-MAX
10,000
perpetual license
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
F5 BIG-IP DNSKemp LoadMaster
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
F5 BIG-IP DNSKemp LoadMaster
Considered Both Products
F5 BIG-IP DNS

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Kemp LoadMaster
Chose Kemp LoadMaster
  • F5 is just way too expensive for our organization. I got through about half of the eval when I found out the price, so not much more info than that.
  • Barracuda has no available support. I was evaluating this product for a few weeks and wrote in and called into support for …
Top Pros

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Top Cons

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User Ratings
F5 BIG-IP DNSKemp LoadMaster
Likelihood to Recommend
9.4
(10 ratings)
9.1
(63 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
8.6
(4 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(25 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
9.8
(28 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(1 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
F5 BIG-IP DNSKemp LoadMaster
Likelihood to Recommend
F5
F5 BIG-IP DNS is well-suited for any organization looking to improve their Authoritative and Local DNS security and performance capabilities.
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Kemp Technologies
Loadmaster is very powerful and flexible load balancer. Variety of options allows to create a complex network of rules and routes. During our website rollout Loadmaster allowed us to run multiple generations of the website simultaneously and seamlessly by doing the content switching on the fly. Powerful API allows easy integration into any development lifecycle.
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Pros
F5
  • The easy of importing DNS records into the BIG-IP
  • The ease of searching and locating records
  • The speed of creating multiple records when you need to duplicate effort.
  • The DNS dashboards to see requests and data points.
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Kemp Technologies
  • Where the LoadBalancer excels is the multiple levels at which you can load balance servers. We currently use layer 7 LB, but others are available as well.
  • I particularly like the ability for the LB to know when servers are down, and if all are offline then you can create a redirect to a static HTML page or some other destination that is more informative.
  • The ease in which a service can be created and deployed using already pre-canned templates makes it a very convenient setup process.
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Cons
F5
  • More support documentation will be a nice to have.
  • I have not automated DNS deployments yet, but it would be nice to have ansible libraries for this module. (I have used ansible for many others).
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Kemp Technologies
  • Ability to 'clone' existing Virtual Services for rapid deployment of similar ones.
  • A better API for ease of automation.
  • Simplification of Certificate management.
  • Better explanations of Kemp implementations of industry standard protocols like VRRP (or CARP)
  • More control over device factory reset configuration and forcibly breaking HA pairs at boot time
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Likelihood to Renew
F5
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Kemp Technologies
I'm very pleased with the support I've received as well as the quality of the product.
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Usability
F5
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Kemp Technologies
Kemp makes it very easy to setup, configure and manage the LoadMaster without needing a lot of help from their engineers. The interface is very easy to understand and intuitive to use. We like how it is not complicated - I can easily have one of my techs login and they can figure out how to setup/configure virtual services for load balancing without needing a manual or tech support.
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Support Rating
F5
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Kemp Technologies
Support has been easy to deal with; I have only need[ed] to contact them a few times during setup. Once its been in place and operational, we have not need[ed] to mess with the system [which] is a huge advantage. I like system[s] that do not break and require constant attention in a production environment.
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Implementation Rating
F5
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Kemp Technologies
The installation was straight forward. Once i installed it, their technical support team helped me with configuration
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Alternatives Considered
F5
F5 DNS is like DNS with out training wheels and data that can help you make real changes and improvements
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Kemp Technologies
We chose Kemp LoadMaster because it is 1/10 the price of the competition and MUCH easier to deploy and configure and WORKS. We have had ZERO issues with the product since installation. Their engineers and their sales team have both reached out post-install to check in and see if everything is working as expected.
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Return on Investment
F5
  • Protection against security threats using DNS as a vector.
  • Protection against security threats targeting DNS itself.
  • Provide top user experience to application clients, by directing their requests to where they will be treated with the best performance.
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Kemp Technologies
  • We used Kemp LoadMaster for many projects. For a lot of customers, load balancers were too expensive or too complicated before we introduced Kemp products.
  • It's not a overly complicated product, so we were able to train many engineers on it and have them get a certification.
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