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Score 8.1 out of 100

Kemp LoadMaster

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Score 9.3 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • Kemp LoadMaster is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

8.6

Citrix ADC

86%
21 Ratings
9.2

Kemp LoadMaster

92%
64 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

Citrix ADC

N/A
0 Ratings
8.7

Kemp LoadMaster

87%
4 Ratings

Usability

8.0

Citrix ADC

80%
1 Rating
9.0

Kemp LoadMaster

90%
26 Ratings

Support Rating

7.7

Citrix ADC

77%
7 Ratings
9.9

Kemp LoadMaster

99%
31 Ratings

Implementation Rating

Citrix ADC

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1

Kemp LoadMaster

91%
1 Rating

Configurability

Citrix ADC

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2

Kemp LoadMaster

82%
1 Rating

Vendor post-sale

Citrix ADC

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1

Kemp LoadMaster

91%
1 Rating

Vendor pre-sale

Citrix ADC

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1

Kemp LoadMaster

91%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

Citrix

Citrix Netscaler can be a powerful network appliance for environments that are fully committed and open to utilizing a network appliance that isn't made by a traditional network vendor. Administrator user experience has improved over the years and will continue to improve with the flexibility of virtual and physical appliances available for medium and large enterprises.
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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

Citrix

  • Flexibility. NetScaler assumes its admins know a bit about networking and in-depth details surrounding the applications they are configuring access for/to. This being so, the range of configuration options is very broad allowing various versions' combinations of protocol patterns, expressions, rules etc., all to the benefit of the admin.
  • Granularity. Having such a broad range of configuration options available, while still allowing simple options to be configured simply. The GUI is well-stylized and navigation has a good flow.
  • Ease of control. For load-balancing of simple services right out of the box, NetScaler makes it pretty easy, compared to the range of options available in the surrounding GUI and under the hood.
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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

Citrix

  • The documentation could use an overhaul with specific examples related to the command line as well as GUI. Explanations in the documentation would also be helpful.
  • Being able to have more than just one routing table would allow the ability to leverage security.
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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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Pricing Details

Citrix ADC

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Citrix 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

    Kemp LoadMaster

    Starting Price

    $1,720 per year

    Editions & Modules

    Kemp LoadMaster editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    VLM-5002,0001
    VLM-30004,0002
    VLM-MAX10,0003
    VLM-5001,7204
    VLM-30003,0505
    VLM-MAX7,6106

    Footnotes

    1. perpetual license
    2. perpetual license
    3. perpetual license
    4. per year
    5. per year
    6. per year

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Likelihood to Renew

    Citrix

    No answers on this topic

    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

    Citrix

    Improve on the specifics I mentioned previously and could be a 10/10 product. It is also a confusingly branded product that I have supported in two large enterprises where IT departments are unsure if the product belongs to the Citrix remote access support team or the Network infrastructure support team (it should be the later) and typically under utilized.
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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

    Citrix

    Overall, our organization's experience with Citrix support is that support can be hit or miss. Oftentimes it takes multiple attempts and much longer than desirable to obtain a viable solution for issues experienced with their products. It would be great to see Citrix invest time, effort, and almighty dollars into improving their support and bug fix process across the board.
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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

    Citrix

    No answers on this topic

    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

    Citrix

    We chose Citrix ADC over Kemp and F5 due to additional integrations with various products such as Citrix/Horizon/Monitoring tools. We additionally chose ADC due to better ease of use and ability to have the appliances be virtual or physical, with the configuration being a simple migration of code which provided flexibility to be able to do a hybrid environment with ease.
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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

    Citrix

    • It has saved a tremendous amount of money and manpower by allowing for broad support without the need for a VPN.
    • The security functions within Netscaler enabled our business to pass additional IT-based audits.
    • Having a full Citrix stack from front to back makes our business look more professional both to our users and outsiders.
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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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