Comparison of the KEMP LoadMaster with F5 Big-IP LTM and Citrix Netscaler MPX Hardware Load Balancers and ADCs

 

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The following information* is intended to compare the price/performance value of KEMP Load Balancers compared to F5 Networks BIG-IP LTM-2000 through LTM-4200v and Citrix Systems Netscaler MPX-11520 through MPX 8005 Load Balancers.

Compare Load Balancer Pricing

F5 - Big IP, Citrix Netscaler
Vendor
Model
USD (MSRP)
Hardware Warranty
Software Warranty
KEMP F5 Networks Citrix
LM-3000 LM-3400 LM-4000 LM-5600 LM-8000 LM-8020 LTM-2000s LTM-2200s LTM-4000s LTM-4200v LTM-5000s LTM-7000s LTM-10000s MPX-8005 MPX-8015 MPX-11515 MPX-11520 MPX-11530
$3,000 $6,000 $9,000 $15,000 $28,000 $40,000 $14,090 $21,920 $23,486 $32,882 $46,075 $53,755 $62,636 $25,000 $48,000 $55,000 $60,000 $70,000
1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year
1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 90 days 90 days 90 days 90 days 90 days 90 days 90 days 90 days 90 days 90 days 90 days 90 days

Performance Metrics

Vendor
Model
Max Throughput (Gbps)
SSL TPS (2K Keys)
Concurrent Conn (at 1GB)
KEMP F5 Networks Citrix
LM-3000 LM-3400 LM-4000 LM-5600 LM-8000 LM-8020 LTM-2000s LTM-2200s LTM-4000s LTM-4200v LTM-5000s LTM-7000s LTM-10000s MPX-8005 MPX-8015 MPX-11515 MPX-11520 MPX-11530
1.7 3.6 6 11 20 30 5 5 10 10 15 20 40 5 15 15 20 30
1,000 2,000 2,500 10,000 16,500 30,000 2,000 4,000 4,500 9,000 10,000 15,500 21,000 6,500 11,000 22,500 22,500 30,000
8.6M 8.6M 15.2M 26.5M 75.8M 75.8M 5M 5M 10M 10M 24M 34M 36M N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Key Features - Security

Vendor
Model
TMG Replacement [Pre-auth, SSO, Logging (ESP)]
External HSM Support
IPSec VPN
IPS
AFP Support (WAF)
KEMP F5 Networks Citrix
LM-3000 LM-3400 LM-4000 LM-5600 LM-8000 LM-8020 LTM-2000s LTM-2200s LTM-4000s LTM-4200v LTM-5000s LTM-7000s LTM-10000s MPX-8005 MPX-8015 MPX-11515 MPX-11520 MPX-11530
            Add On Add On Additional Cost Additional Cost Additional Cost Additional Cost Additional Cost Additional Cost Additional Cost Additional Cost Additional Cost Additional Cost
                                   
            Add On Add On Add On Add On Add On Add On Add On          
            N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A          
            Add On Add On Additional Cost Additional Cost Additional Cost Additional Cost Additional Cost Additional Cost Additional Cost Additional Cost Additional Cost Additional Cost

Key Features - Performance and Availability

Vendor
Model
Caching
HTTP Compression
GEO (Global Traffic Management)
API Support
SDN Adaptive
KEMP F5 Networks Citrix
LM-3000 LM-3400 LM-4000 LM-5600 LM-8000 LM-8020 LTM-2000s LTM-2200s LTM-4000s LTM-4200v LTM-5000s LTM-7000s LTM-10000s MPX-8005 MPX-8015 MPX-11515 MPX-11520 MPX-11530
                          Additional Cost Additional Cost Additional Cost Additional Cost Additional Cost
            Software Hardware Software Hardware Software Software Software Additional Cost Additional Cost Additional Cost Additional Cost Additional Cost
            Add On GTM Add On GTM Additional Cost Additional Cost Additional Cost Additional Cost Additional Cost Additional Cost Additional Cost Additional Cost Additional Cost Additional Cost
REST API REST API REST API REST API REST API REST API SOAP, REST SOAP, REST SOAP, REST SOAP, REST SOAP, REST SOAP, REST SOAP, REST          
            No No No No No No No N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Hardware

Vendor
Model
Number of Power Supplies
Redundant Power Supply
Gigabit Ethernet Ports
10G Fiber Ports (SFP)
10G Fiber Ports (SFP+)
Typical Power Consumption
Rack Height
Standard Memory
KEMP F5 Networks Citrix
LM-3000 LM-3400 LM-4000 LM-5600 LM-8000 LM-8020 LTM-2000s LTM-2200s LTM-4000s LTM-4200v LTM-5000s LTM-7000s LTM-10000s MPX-8005 MPX-8015 MPX-11515 MPX-11520 MPX-11530
1 1 1 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 1 2 2 2
            optional optional optional optional optional     optional optional      
4 8 2 4     8 8 8 8 4 4 Optional SFP 6 6 4 SFP 4 4
            N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 6 Optional 6 Optional N/A N/A N/A
    2 2 6 6 2 Optional 2 Optional 2 Optional 2 Optional Up to 8 Optional 2 SR (up to 8) 2 SR (up to 16) 2 Optional 2 Optional 8 8 8
163.8W 163.8W 250W 550W 495W 495W 74W 74W 95W 95W 165W 205W 320W 185W 185W 500W 500W 500W
1U 1U 1U 1U 2U 2U 1U 1U 1U 1U 1U 2U 2U 1U 1U 2U 2U 2U
4GB 8GB 8GB 32GB 64GB 64GB 8GB 8GB 16GB 16GB 32GB 32GB 48GB 32GB 32GB 48GB 48GB 48GB

Web Application Firewall Features

Vendor   KEMP   F5 Networks   Citrix 
Model Application Firewall Pack ASM AppFirewall
OWASP Top 10      
Cookie Tampering      
Cross Site Request Forgery (XSRF)      
Cross Site Scripting      
Data Loss Prevention      
SQL Injection      
Support PCI-DSS requirement - Section 1.2      
Support PCI-DSS requirement - Section 3.3      
Support PCI-DSS requirement - Section 3.5      
Support PCI-DSS requirement - Section 4.1      
Support PCI-DSS requirement - Section 6.6      

 

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Standard vs. Add-ons

When comparing load balancers, it is important to understand what features are considered “standard” and what features are considered “add-ons.” In the case of KEMP load balancers vs. those from F5 and Citrix, consider the following: These features are standard on all KEMP LoadMaster load balancers (ADC) platforms:

  • Compression/Caching
  • WAF - Web Application Firewall Pack (AFP) Engine
  • Edge Security Pack (ESP) - KEMP’s Microsoft TMG replacement
    • Dual-Factor Authentication Support
    • Persistent Logging
    • Pre-Authentication
    • Security Group Validation
    • Single Sign On (SSO)
  • IPv6

KEMP load balancers provide Compression/Caching, GSLB, IPv6, API programmability and Web Application Firewall (WAF) protection as standard features* on all supported products, whereas the F5 Big-IP LTM and Citrix Systems Netscaler MPX provide these features only with their “Better” and Enterprise & Platinum License Editions respectively. For additional security functionality comparable to KEMP’s Edge Security Pack, F5 requires purchasing its APM module with a starting price of approximately $11,000 USD MSRP.

GSLB is supported via an add-on pack, except for the LM-8000, LM-8020 and LM-8020M where it is included.


KEMP Application Firewall Pack

KEMP’s Application Firewall Pack (AFP) combines Layer 7 Web Application Firewall (WAF) protection with other application delivery services including intelligent load balancing, Intrusion Prevention, Intrusion Detection and edge security and authentication through the KEMP Edge Security Pack (ESP).

By integrating the world’s most deployed web application firewall engine, ModSecurity - augmented by threat intelligence and research from information security provider Trustwave - KEMP AFP provides real-time threat protection for packaged and custom published applications, exfiltration prevention, mitigation of the OWASP Top Ten common vulnerabilities and support for organizational PCI-DSS compliance requirements. The Application Firewall Pack (AFP) comes standard on most KEMP models.

KEMP AFP is available on all cloud, virtual and bare metal LoadMasters and the following hardware appliances: LM-4000, LM-5305-FIPS, LM-5000, LM-5600, LM-8000, LM-8020, LM-8020M. The AFP engine with custom rule capabilities is included without cost on all supported products. KEMP customer support for custom rules implementation and troubleshooting requires add-on service engagement. Subscriptions for daily commercial rules updates provided by KEMP are also available. Contact sales for additional details on subscription and support options.

* The pricing of the products under comparison has been sourced from public data. The performance data for comparison is has been sourced from the company published Specifications as available to general public

Listed prices are USD-based MSRP and subject to change without prior notice. Prices vary by country and exclude local taxes, duties and transportation charges. Please contact your local KEMP office or authorized distributor for further pricing information specific to your country. All LoadMasters must be licensed prior to use in the country where they were purchased and are subject to local licensing and trade regulations.