F5 on IBM Cloud vs. NetScaler ADC

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
F5 on IBM Cloud
Score 8.3 out of 10
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F5 on IBM Cloud lets you see and control all traffic passing through your network. F5’s highly scalable, resilient and reusable services dynamically adapt to ensure application availability, performance and security.N/A
NetScaler ADC
Score 8.1 out of 10
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NetScaler ADC is an application delivery controller.N/A
Pricing
F5 on IBM CloudNetScaler ADC
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
F5 on IBM CloudNetScaler ADC
Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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Community Pulse
F5 on IBM CloudNetScaler ADC
Considered Both Products
F5 on IBM Cloud
Chose F5 on IBM Cloud
F5 on IBM Cloud is substantially competent in managing traffic, through network configuration and monitoring. The presence of a software security manager also suits the program for stability and confidence. Besides, F5 on IBM Cloud has an infrastructure management feature, …
NetScaler ADC

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Top Pros
Top Cons
User Ratings
F5 on IBM CloudNetScaler ADC
Likelihood to Recommend
10.0
(1 ratings)
8.5
(21 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
7.7
(7 ratings)
User Testimonials
F5 on IBM CloudNetScaler ADC
Likelihood to Recommend
IBM
F5 on IBM Cloud has efficient ways to manage traffic, both local and that from the international sources. Besides, the firewall evaluations and management is handled by the program. F5 on IBM Cloud has a well designed virtual machine configuration, following both small and the largest templates for efficiency. The network configuration and monitoring is also deployed in the program.
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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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Pros
IBM
  • F5 on IBM Cloud has application security features.
  • Besides, the extensive local traffic management from the application is efficient.
  • Lastly, the program acts as an advanced firewall managing tool.
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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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Cons
IBM
  • F5 on IBM Cloud is a virtual edition, which is technical.
  • The subscription fee is extensive and expensive.
  • F5 on IBM Cloud configuration process requires an expertise.
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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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Usability
IBM
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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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Support Rating
IBM
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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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Alternatives Considered
IBM
F5 on IBM Cloud is substantially competent in managing traffic, through network configuration and monitoring. The presence of a software security manager also suits the program for stability and confidence. Besides, F5 on IBM Cloud has an infrastructure management feature, which deals with storage, network, and the general hardware that supports systems.
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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
IBM
  • F5 on IBM Cloud offers a traffic report that is critical for decisions.
  • Firewall management eliminates chances of threats and destruction.
  • Network monitoring and configurations keeps us safe and monitored.
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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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