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

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

KEMP Technologies' mission has always been to help customers get the best ROI from their investment in our load balancers.

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 KEMP F5 Networks Citrix
Model LM-2400 LM-2600 LM-3600 LM-5400 LTM-2000s LTM-2200s LTM-4000s LTM-4200v MPX-11520 MPX-8015 MPX-8005
USD (MSRP) $3,000 $6,990 $9,890 $17,990 $17,995 $27,995 $29,995 $41,995 $60,000 $48,000 $25,000
$3,000 $3,000 $3,000 $0 $10,150 $24,995 $18,995 $18,995 $17,000 $15,800 $13,500
$4,990 $9,990 $11,990 $17,990 $28,145 $52,990 $48,990 $60,990 $77,000 $63,800 $38,500
Hardware Warranty 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year
Software Warranty 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 90 days 90 days 90 days 90 days 90 days 90 days 90 days
Support Included Included Included Included Add On Add On Add On Add On Add On Add On Add On

Performance

F5 - Big IP, Citrix Netscaler
Vendor KEMP F5 Networks Citrix
Model LM-2400 LM-2600 LM-3600 LM-5400 LTM-2000s LTM-2200s LTM-4000s LTM-4200v MPX-11520 MPX-8015 MPX-8005
Max Throughput (Gbps) 1.2 1.7 3.4 10.2 5 5 10 10 20 15 5
SSL TPS (2K Keys) 200* 1,000 2,500 7,000 2,000 4,000 4,500 9,000 25,000 11,000 6,500
Concurrent Conn (at 1GB) 4.3M 3.6M 12.8M 25.6M N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Key Features

F5 - Big IP, Citrix Netscaler
Vendor KEMP F5 Networks Citrix
Model LM-2400 LM-2600 LM-3600 LM-5400 LTM-2000s LTM-2200s LTM-4000s LTM-4200v MPX-11520 MPX-8015 MPX-8005
Caching

Additional Cost Additional Cost Additional Cost
HTTP Compression

Software Hardware Software Hardware Additional Cost Additional Cost Additional Cost
TMG Replacement [Pre-auth, SSO, Logging (ESP)]

Add On Add On Additional Cost Additional Cost Additional Cost Additional Cost Additional Cost
GEO (Global Traffic Management) Add-On Add-On Add-On

Add On GTM Add On GTM Additional Cost Additional Cost Additional Cost Additional Cost Additional Cost
WAF Engine N/A N/A

Additional Cost Additional Cost Additional Cost Additional Cost Additional Cost Additional Cost Additional Cost

Hardware

F5 - Big IP, Citrix Netscaler
Vendor KEMP F5 Networks Citrix
Model LM-2400 LM-2600 LM-3600 LM-5400 LTM-2000s LTM-2200s LTM-4000s LTM-4200v MPX-11520 MPX-8015 MPX-8005
Number of Power Supplies 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1
Redundant Power Supply x x x

optional optional optional optional

optional optional
Typical Power Consumption 163.8W 163.8W 198.8W 184.5W 74W 74W 95W 95W 500W 185W 185W
Rack Height 1U 1U 1U 1U 1U 1U 1U 1U 2U 1U 1U
Storage Disk SSD SSD SSD SSD Hard Disk Hard Disk Hard Disk Hard Disk N/A N/A N/A
Standard Memory 1GB 2GB 4GB 8GB 8GB 8GB 16GB 16GB 48GB 32GB 32GB

Web Application Firewall Features

F5 - Big IP, Citrix Netscaler
 
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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Higher Hardware Load Balancer Throughput (High Performance) at a Fraction of the Cost

The KEMP LM-5400 not only includes the first year of support but provides more throughput than the F5 Big-IP LTM 4200v at 1/2 the price.

Comparing the throughput of High Performance Hardware Load Balancers

Higher Hardware Load Balancer Throughput (Mid-Level) at a Fraction of the Cost

Comparing Mid- Entry-Level Load Balancers for price/performance, the LM-3600 provides close to the same throughput and the same basic functionality as the F5’s LTM-2xxxs (Better License) and Citrix Netscaler MPX-8005 at ½ the price.

Comparing the throughput of Mid-Level Hardware Load Balancers

KEMP LoadMasters: More SSL TPS per Dollar

The KEMP LM-5400 includes basic 1 year Support and supports the same number of SSL TPS as the F5 BIG-IP LTM 4000s (Better Edition license) at ½ the price.

Comparing the SSL (2K Key) TPS of High Performance Hardware Load Balancers


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.


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-R320, LM-3600, LM-4000, LM-5305-FIPS, LM-5400.

* 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