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Attribute Ratings

  • Citrix ADC is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.6

Citrix ADC

86%
21 Ratings
8.5

VMware NSX

85%
4 Ratings

Usability

8.0

Citrix ADC

80%
1 Rating

VMware NSX

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

7.7

Citrix ADC

77%
7 Ratings

VMware NSX

N/A
0 Ratings

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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VMware

Recommendation 10 for large companies, with a data center with more than 1000 VM's on average is very appropriate, as the security of the environment can be divided between physical firewall and virtual firewall and have another separate management for cases of troubleshooting, having only physical firewall in these In some cases, the rules are immense and this can cause future problems.
For Medium / Small companies, I do not recommend it, as the main one is a physical firewall, (Remembering that NSX does not replace a physical firewall), as smaller companies with less rules, only a physical firewall can be used.
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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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VMware

  • Broadcast Suppression: By suppressing broadcast traffic, we have been able to deploy a single VDI network in a /18 network space, allowing for rapid growth and proper DHCP lease timing for a VDI instant clone environment.
  • Networking HA: Leveraging internal mechanisms for high availability, it provides disaster resiliency to a virtual networking environment.
  • Cost Savings: All available features of NSX are licensed simultaneously. Load balancers, firewalls, and routers are all licensed as features, not per object, allowing for the deployment of as many of these objects as are needed.
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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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VMware

  • Our biggest challenge is gaining acceptance from network engineers who are used to working with other technologies.
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Pricing Details

Citrix ADC

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Citrix ADC editions and modules pricing
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Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    VMware NSX

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    VMware NSX 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

      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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      VMware

      No answers on this topic

      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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      VMware

      No answers on this topic

      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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      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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      VMware

      • We are a company with 300 VM's and few departments, the investment was more for security, putting in ROI, we can mention that environmental security is priceless.
      • We have a simplified understanding of east-west rules, bringing a lot of satisfaction to the user, since creating and modifying rules is a very simple activity.
      • With NSX for virtual environment, the IT team was also very satisfied with the communication without the need for a physical medium (Switch for example). The machines that need more performance, are placed on the same physical Host, as a rule of affinity and with that the performance reaches the expected very easy.
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