Enterprise Strategy Group Lab Report
Performance vs Cost: High Performance Virtual Load Balancer
Comparing the throughput of high performance virtual load balancers (5Gb+) from KEMP, F5 and Citrix, the KEMP VLM- 5000 and 10G provides the same throughput 5/10 Gbps as F5’s Big-IP LTM VE-10G at a significantly lower cost.
When comparing load balancers it is important to understand what features are “standard” and what features are considered “add-ons.”
- Intrusion Prevention / Detection (IPS/IDS)
- Edge Security Pack (ESP) (KEMP’s Microsoft TMG replacement)
- WAF - Web Application Firewall
The features above are included standard whereas the F5 Big-IP LTM and Citrix Netscaler provide these features only with their “Better” or “Enterprise” & “Platinum” License Editions. For security functionality comparable to KEMP’s Edge Security Pack F5 requires the additional purchase of an APM module at approximately $11,000 USD MSRP.
The charts below compare hardware and virtual load balancers from similar categories in price, throughput and throughput per $. KEMP Load Balancers provide comparable features and significant cost per Mb of throughput advantages over F5 and Citrix
Performance vs Cost: High Performance Hardware Load Balancer
The KEMP LoadMaster-8000 high performance load balancer provides more throughput per $1 than the F5 Big-IP LTM 7000s and Citrix MPX and at a fraction of the cost.
Performance vs Cost: Mid-Range Hardware Load Balancer
Comparing mid-range load balancers - those with throughputs ranging from 3-6Gbps - the KEMP LoadMaster-4000 provides close to the same throughput and the same base functionality compared to F5’s LTM-2x (Better License) and Citrix Netscaler MPX-8005 at 1/3 the price and more throughput per $1.
Performance vs Cost: Mid-Range Virtual Load Balancer
The KEMP VLM-2000 provides similar throughput as the F5 BIG-IP LTM VE-1G/5G and Citrix NetScaler VPX-1000/3000 for at least 1/3 of the cost.
Performance vs Cost: Entry Virtual Load Balancer
When comparing the KEMP VLM-200 to the F5 BIG-IP LTM VE-200M and Citrix NetScaler VPX 200, the KEMP VLM-200 provides the same throughput as F5 and Citrix at ½ and ¼ quarter of the cost respectively.
Hardware Load Balancer SSL Transactions
The KEMP LoadMaster-8000 supports more SSL TPS (transactions per second) than the F5 BIG-IP LTM 4000 (Better Edition license) at 60% of the cost and a similar cost per SSL transaction as the Citrix MPX 8015 but at a $30,000 lower list price.
Virtual Load Balancer SSL Transactions
The KEMP VLM-10G supports 3x more SSL TPS than the F5 BIG-IP LTM VE-10G at a 66% lower cost and 4.5x the SSL TPS than the Citrix NetScaler VPX-3000 for $11,000 less.
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.