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Find out what your peers are saying about Citrix ADC vs. F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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"The load balancing is one of the most valuable features.""Citrix Director has been great. It gives us one pane of glass to be able to monitor what's going on with the user sessions as well as to keep on top of the virtual desktops, any servers that may be offline or behaving suspiciously, or any troublesome spots like disconnections. We also use Citrix Studio for maintaining the actual servers that are hosting these applications. We use it for delivery groups in case we need to modify delivery groups in regards to which groups have access to which applications. It has been very helpful.""The most valuable feature is the content switching.""The load balancing feature and the fact that you can do context switching in the WAF are the most valuable. We majorly use it for load balancing, but we also use it for context switching in the WAF. It is also robust and very easy to work with and manage.""The load balancing and VPN features are most valuable. AAA authentication is also valuable.""I find all of it to be valuable, because of the flexibility that is built into this product.""High availability, performance, and security are the main pillars. It enhances the security for accessing the applications.""The solution is very stable."

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"F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) is very easy to use, from SSL Management to enabling, disabling loads, applications, systems, and monitoring. Overall the solution keeps our application functional from a client's perspective 24 hours a day, seven days a week.""iRule feature is useful.""Good application firewall.""Currently, it's distributing the load perfectly, as per my understanding of our requirements.""Traffic Learning is the most valuable feature.""It is stable.""This is a solution that does what it's supposed to do at the price point.""The most valuable feature of this solution is IP Intelligence."

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Cons
"The WAF component needs to be simplified so that it is easier to use.""The security is okay, but the monitoring and reporting need improvement.""The solution should be able to scale more effectively than it does.""Citrix ADC is a complex product, and it takes time to understand these things. But the documentation is poor, and the deployment is difficult. Integration could also be better because what I find is that you cannot easily integrate the panel in the second sector. What I have found is that in the last index, there is a limitation when getting validated. Technical support could also be better.""Technical support could be improved.""The solution could be more secure.""Too many bugs in the software and it's always difficult when you need to update.""The interface needs to be improved because the competition is coming up with ones that are more eye-catching, straightforward, and sophisticated."

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"Technical support could be faster. It's something I'd like to see them work on in the future.""F5 has another solution to load balance servers on the cloud, which they got after the purchase of NGINX. It is deployed as Kubernetes or something like that, but the problem now is that they have two solutions for two situations. They should make F5 deployable on the cloud.""My only point of contention would be that it is a little pricey.""Technical support is somewhat slow and could be improved.""It is a hardware load balancer, and its installation procedure is more complex than a software load balancer. There are pros and cons of using hardware load balancing. You have to have specific hardware deployed in your data center to activate this load balancer. They never came up with any software-based load balancing solution. It is all hardware-based.""I'm not very sure about the security with F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM). We have our own private data center, but we are going to migrate our private data center into the Azure cloud environment. Security will then be a major concern when we migrate our own whole infrastructure to the public cloud.""Its price can be better. It is a bit expensive.""The user interface could be improved in F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The licensing costs for this solution vary depending on which model is being used."
  • "Our licensing fees including technical support are approximately $3,500 USD."
  • "It's an expensive product but it works well."
  • "We get value for money. Its price is fair. I don't think it is overpriced."
  • "This product is more expensive than some of the competitors."
  • "It is very pricey, but we get it. If you need the best, money shouldn't be a problem."
  • "When compared to other solutions, the cost is high."
  • "Its price is comparable to others and affordable."
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  • "There are additional costs depending on what modules or what functionality is required."
  • "F5 pricing is too high, compared to Citrix."
  • "When we purchased additional licenses for our other locations, we received a discount of between 20% and 25%."
  • "F5 BIG-IP can be expensive, although there are trial versions available which are helpful to find out if the solution is right for your company."
  • "The price should be reduced because it is expensive when compared to the competition."
  • "The solution is quite expensive if we compare it with the competition."
  • "It is a bit expensive product. Kemp Loadmaster is much cheaper than F5. Its licensing is on a yearly basis. It can be for one year or three years."
  • "The price of the solution is sometimes expensive."
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    Questions from the Community
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    There is a licensing fee, and we pay it once a year.
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    The solution could be more secure.
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    Its user interface is very easy to use on a day-to-day basis. It is very user-friendly.
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    It is a little pricey. I wish the pricing was cheaper, but I wish the pricing was cheaper for everything.
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    My only point of contention would be that it is a little pricey.
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    Also Known As
    NetScaler, Citrix NetScaler VPX
    F5 BIG-IP, BIG-IP LTM, F5 ASM, Viprion, F5 BIG-IP Virtual Edition , Crescendo Networks Application Delivery Controller, BIG IP
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    Overview

    Citrix ADC is an application delivery controller (ADC) that accelerates application performance, enhances application availability with advanced L4-7 load balancing, secures mission-critical apps from attacks and lowers server expenses by offloading computationally intensive tasks.

    F5 BIG-IP LTM optimizes the speed and reliability of your apps via both network and application layers. Using real-time protocol and traffic management decisions based on app and server and connection management conditions, and TCP and content offloading, BIG-IP LTM dramatically improves application and infrastructure responsiveness. BIG-IP LTM's architecture includes protocol awareness to control traffic for the most important applications. BIG-IP LTM tracks the dynamic performance levels of servers and delivers SSL performance and visibility for inbound and outbound traffic, to protect the user experience by encrypting everything from the client to the server.

    BIG-IP LTM provides enterprise-class Application Delivery Controller (ADC). You get granular layer 7 control, SSL offloading and acceleration capabilities, and advanced scaling technologies that deliver performance and reliability on-demand. The highly optimized TCP/IP stack combines TCP/IP techniques and improvements in the latest RFCs with extensions to minimize the effect of congestion and packet loss and recovery. Independent testing tools and customer experiences show LTM's TCP stack delivers up to a 2x performance gain for users and a 4x increase in bandwidth efficiency.

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    Sample Customers
    ABB Schweiz, Aer Lingus, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Amnet Technology Solutions, Aramex International, Ascenty, Atos, Autodesk
    Riken, TransUnion, Tepco Systems Administration, Daejeon University, G&T Bank, Danamon, CyberAgent Inc.
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    Find out what your peers are saying about Citrix ADC vs. F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
    564,322 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Citrix ADC is ranked 4th in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) with 20 reviews while F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) is ranked 1st in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) with 35 reviews. Citrix ADC is rated 8.0, while F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Citrix ADC writes "A scalable and versatile solution that allows us to easily monitor and manage applications and publish to many devices". On the other hand, the top reviewer of F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) writes "Very stable and easy to use with a good GUI". Citrix ADC is most compared with Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, HAProxy, Fortinet FortiADC, A10 Networks Thunder ADC and Avi Networks Software Load Balancer, whereas F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) is most compared with Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, NGINX Plus, HAProxy, A10 Networks Thunder ADC and Fortinet FortiADC. See our Citrix ADC vs. F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) report.

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