Kemp LoadMaster Reviews

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John Carver | TrustRadius Reviewer
March 02, 2020

Kemp LoadMaster and Why you should Choose them

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  • We use Kemp LoadMaster for balancing a load of our API traffic, our RDP connections, and the connection to our Gateways.
  • It has worked very well and does the job better than the others. We used DNS round robin for the task before, and it was not balancing very well. After researching the different companies that do this, Kemp LoadMaster was the front runner to use.
  • Balancing the Load of API traffic connections.
  • Balancing between servers for incoming traffic.
  • Setup and configuration is very simplistic but powerful.
  • We do not use Geo use.
  • Reporting would be cool if it were easy to set up and configure.
  • Alerts are useful but could be refined.
We have been using Kemp LoadMaster for quite a while, and it has been an exceptional product. I have very little bad things to say. The load balancing is very efficient and does not show any connections to a variable degree. The one area it would be cool to improve upon is the load balancing for RDP connections. If they could offer a simple piece of info attached to each connection, it would be able to balance the load better with persistence.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 27, 2020

Kemp LoadMaster, a balanced approach.

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The Kemp LoadMaster is by our enterprise as our Load Balancer/Application Delivery Controller solution. We use it extensively to both manage application load and to obscure the back end devices. We initially used it to load balance simple websites and eventually started using some of the more advanced features to take into account environment performance and health in the delivery logic. Today we use it to deliver all kinds of applications: websites, SharePoint sites, DNS, LDAP, skype, SMTP, and various home grown applications. The Kemps solve our needs for load balancing, reverse proxy, and give us a wide variety of options for health checks in determining which servers are valid targets at the time.
  • Setting up new Virtual services is very intuitive.
  • Fail over between the VLMs is extremely responsive, they are the 1st devices to know when there is a network issue and it is seamless.
  • The individual VLMs are easy to manage, however kemp360 is only really useful for monitoring, not managing multiple VLMs.
The Kemps are a far easier Application Delivery Controller to setup and configure than an F5 and I have yet to see a case where it didn't do the job as well as an F5; there might be some edge cases but I have yet to see one. We replaced two different Reverse proxy solutions and the previous load balancer with the Kemps and have been very satisfied. Security was pleased with using them to get rid of direct NATs and force encryption across the board.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
May 20, 2019

Pleasant surprise at how much I ended up like the LoadMaster

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Our Kemp Loadmaster is utilized in a multi-domain environment and communicates with multiple VLANs to Load Balance traffic to servers in different DMZs. In situations where removing insecure Protocols, ciphers, and hashes from web servers cannot be done on the server itself, traffic is routed through the KEMP Loadmaster and weak Protocols, ciphers, and hashes are rejected at the Load Balancer.
  • Loadmasters run in Active-Standby. This allows me to upgrade the Standby member, fail-over to it, then upgrade the old primary member. 100% uptime.
  • I can route load balanced traffic to a single server in a pair and perform daytime updates/patches on servers without causing service interruption.
  • Security updates come out regularly, to keep up with CVEs.
  • LoadMaster is regex in its context rules, this allows for some very granular configurations to load balance traffic.
  • Can load balance traffic based on port numbers, allowing for non-http(s) to be load balanced.
  • Load balancing SFTP traffic is done poorly and requires the SFTP to have its default gateway set to the LoadMaster.
  • RADIUS authentication is the only allowed SSO and you must still manually configure each user on the LoadMaster.
  • configuration can be a little confusing when getting started. Had issues getting it to recognize SSL during setup, support informed me that SSL required "Super HTTP" setting.
Hiding web servers (even single web servers) behind it to reject weak security protocols. Forcing re-direction from HTTP to HTTPS. User community is very helpful, but there is a Kemp employee on the site that is very rude. SFTP Load Balancing still needs work.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
March 12, 2019

Secure and easy to use.

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We use a few Kemp LoadMasters across our organization. They are used for load balancing exchange and for securing access to various web services.
  • Web Application Filtering.
  • Exchange Load Balancing.
  • Some of the menus can be a little tricky to navigate around.
  • Some of the troubleshooting tools could do with an uplift.
We find the LoadMaster to be well suited to load balancing exchange, and securing access to various HTTP and HTTPS services.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 13, 2018

Kemp Loadmaster with Exchange

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Kemp LM was used to provide resilience for our Exchange web front end. It was purchased to ensure maximum available up time for remote users of our ion premise Exchange applications.

It is used world wide with around 2000 users, coping with a relatively small concurrency of some 400 users max.

  • Highly configurable. Complex set of options allow configuration to almost any configuration needed.
  • Very scaleable. Will cope with very large enterprises
  • Quite stable, but not perfect. High degree of availability, and improved over basic exchange installation
  • Complexity. You really need. highly skilled IT team to manage this device. This is not a solution or appliance for SME's - medium or large enterprises only!
  • Bugs, during 2015-2016 we suffered from a. number of bugs that caused downtime that would not have occurred without the Kemp LM. This is especially annoying given that it was purchased to reduce downtime! During 2017 stability improved.
  • Costs. This is a high cost solution with high ongoing support fees. Not for those who are very cost conscious
Large enterprises with a highly technical team, including high level networking skills will find this useful.
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About Kemp LoadMaster

Kemp hyper-performance load balancers are built to power the always-on application experience [AX] that organizations needs to succeed. Kemp boasts redefining the load balancer by providing more simplified deployments, more flexible licensing options, more throughput per $, and direct access technical support.

Kemp LoadMaster Competitors

NGINX, F5, Citrix ADC (formerly NetScaler ADC)

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