F5 Networks, Kemp Technologies, Netscaler (Citrix) Comparison

Detailed feature, performance, specifications and price comparison of the three leading load balancer-adc vendor offerings


Hardware Comparison

Load Balancer / Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) - Mid-range Models Load Balancer / Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) - Mid-High range Models
Vendor Model [Throughput] Kemp LM-X3
3.4Gbps
Kemp LM-X15
15Gbps
F5 BIG-IP i2600
10Gbps
F5 BIG-IP i2800
10Gbps
Citrix NetScaler MPX 5905
5Gbps
Citrix NetScaler MPX 8910
10Gbps
Kemp LM-8020
30Gbps
Kemp LM-8020M
30Gbps
F5 BIG-IP i5600
35Gbps
F5 BIG-IP i7600
40Gbps
Citrix NetScaler MPX 11520
20Gbps
Citrix NetScaler MPX 11530
30Gbps
Base Unit MSRP $4,000 $9,800 $17,995 $27,995 $18,000 $38,000 $40,000 $60,000 $50,000 $72,000 $52,500 $70,500
HA (2x Units, Active/Standby) Base MSRP $8,000 $19,600 $35,990 $55,990 $36,000 $76,000 $80,000 $120,000 $100,000 $144,000 $105,000 $141,000
HA - Fully Configured with all features licensed, Premium Support, Typical End-User Spend* $11,600 $28,400 $41,000 $117,000 $52,000 $74,000 $112,000 $175,000 $188,000 $245,000 $135,000 $152,000
* Inclusions in End-User Spend Guide Price. Guide price based on reseller published discounts or other published sources when available. Enterprise Plus Subscription, 7x24 Support, 2x Units Enterprise Plus Subscription, 7x24 Support, 2x Units Advanced features are sold separately. "Better" or "Best" license bundles requires upgrade to i2800 "Best" License, 7x24 Support, 2x Units Includes model with "Enterprise Edition" License, 2x Units. Includes model with "Enterprise Edition" License, 2x Units. Enterprise Plus Subscription, 7x24 Support, 2x Units Enterprise Plus Subscription, 7x24 Support, 2x Units "Best" License, 7x24 Support, 2x Units "Best" License, 7x24 Support, 2x Units Includes model with "Enterprise Edition" License, 2x Units. Includes model with "Enterprise Edition" License, 2x Units.
Core Specifications                        
10 Gig SFP+ Ports N/A 4x Included 2x Sold Separately 2x Sold Separately 2x Included 4x Included 8x Included 8x Included 8x Sold Separately 8x Sold Separately 8x Included 8x Included
Application Throughput (L7) 3.4Gbps 15 Gbps 10 Gbps 10 Gbps 5 Gbps 10 Gbps 30 Gbps 30 Gbps 35 Gbps 40 Gbps 20 Gbps 30 Gbps
SSL TPS (2k Keys) 1700 12,000 2500 4300 3000 6000 30000 30000 20000 22000 25000 30000
Max Concurrent Connections 8.6 Million 35 Million 14 Million 14 Million Not Published Not Published 75.8 Million 300 Million 40 Million 80 Million Not Published Not Published
Core Features/Functions Supported                        
L4-7 Content Switching                        
Application Access and Security (Froms-based 2-factor Pre-auth, SSO, TMG replacement) Included with Enterprise Plus Subscription Included with Enterprise Plus Subscription APM Add-on Module (Sold Separately) APM Add-on Module (Included in "Best" license Bundle) Included in Enterprise Edition Included in Enterprise Edition Included with Enterprise Subscription Included with Enterprise Subscription APM Add-on Module (Sold Separately) APM Add-on Module (Included in "Best" license Bundle) Included in Enterprise Edition Included in Enterprise Edition
Web Application Firewall (WAF) Included with Enterprise Plus Subscription Included with Enterprise Plus Subscription ASM Add-on Module (Sold Separately) ASM Add-on Module (Included in "Best" license Bundle) Included in Enterprise Edition Included in Enterprise Edition Included with Enterprise Plus Subscription Included with Enterprise Plus Subscription ASM Add-on Module (Sold Separately) ASM Add-on Module (Included in "Best" license Bundle) Included in Enterprise Edition Included in Enterprise Edition
FIPS 140-2 Encryption Support Y Y     H/W Only, Separate Models H/W Only, Separate Models     H/W Only, Separate Models H/W Only, Separate Models H/W Only, Separate Models H/W Only, Separate Models
GSLB (DNS-based Global Traffic Mgt, IP Reputation) Included with Enterprise Plus Subscription Included with Enterprise Plus Subscription GTM Add-on Module (Sold Separately) GTM Add-on Module (Included in "Best" license Bundle) Optional with Enterprise Edition Optional with Enterprise Edition Included with Enterprise Plus Subscription Included with Enterprise Plus Subscription GTM Add-on Module (Sold Separately) GTM Add-on Module (Included in "Best" license Bundle) Optional with Enterprise Edition Optional with Enterprise Edition
HA, Active/Standby w/Stateful Failover                        
N+M Clustering (Dynamically add additional Active units for extra total ADC capacity per VS)         Optional Optional         Optional Optional
Centralized Management and Admin, Full API Enabled for Automation and Orchestration Integration. Included with Enterprise Subscription Included with Enterprise Subscription Requires BIG-IQ Add-on Sftware - Sold Separately Requires BIG-IQ Add-on Sftware - Sold Separately Standard (Advanced mgt functions in Platinum Edition) Standard (Advanced mgt functions in Platinum Edition) Included with Enterprise Subscription Included with Enterprise Subscription Requires BIG-IQ Add-on Sftware - Sold Separately Requires BIG-IQ Add-on Sftware - Sold Separately Standard (Advanced mgt functions in Platinum Edition) Standard (Advanced mgt functions in Platinum Edition)
Support for 3rd Party ADC Platform mgt and VS Motion/Migration across platforms. Included with Enterprise Subscription Included with Enterprise Subscription         Included with Enterprise Subscription Included with Enterprise Subscription        
Pro-active Monitoring Service with Predictive App Delivery Remediation and Analytics Included with Enterprise Subscription Included with Enterprise Subscription     Optional Optional Included with Enterprise Subscription Included with Enterprise Subscription     Optional Optional

Virtual Comparison

Model Kemp Virtual LoadMaster 200 F5 BIG-IP VE-200M Citrix Netscaler VPX-200 Kemp Virtual LoadMaster 3000 F5 BIG-IP VE-1G F5 BIG-IP VE-3G Citrix Netscaler VPX-1000 Citrix Netscaler VPX-3000 Kemp Virtual LoadMaster 5000 F5 BIG-IP VE-5G Kemp Virtual LoadMaster 10G F5 BIG-IP VE-10G
Base price ($) $2,500 $17,995 $15,000 $6,000 $31,995 $37,995 $30,000 $36,000 $10,000 $45,995 $18,000 $58,995
Price incl. Features + Year 1 support $3,700 $21,100 $18,300 $9,600 $37,500 $44,454 $36,600 $43,920 $15,500 $53,814 $26,700 $69,024
Performance
Max Throughput (in Gbps) 0.2 0.2 0.2 3
1 3 1 3 5 5 10 10
SSL TPS (2K) 200 n/a Up to 750 4,000 n/a n/a Up to 750 Up to 750 10,000 n/a 12,000 3,550
Concurrent Connections 3,000,000 n/a n/a 3,000,000 n/a n/a n/a n/a 3,000,000 n/a 3,000,000 10,000,000
Minimum Resources Required (Physical Host)
Processor 64 bit x86 CPU 1,2,4 or 8 CPUs 2-4vCPUs - Intel VTx or AMD-v 64 bit x86 CPU 1,2,4 or 8 CPUs 1,2,4 or 8 CPUs 2-4vCPUs - Intel VTx or AMD-v 2-4vCPUs - Intel VTx or AMD-v 64 bit x86 CPU 1,2,4 or 8 CPUs 64 bit x86 CPU 64 bit
Memory 1 GB min. 2Gb per core 2 GB 1 GB min. 2Gb per core min. 2Gb per core 2 GB 2 GB 1 GB min. 2Gb per core 1 GB 16 GB
Disk Size 32 GB min. 3GB (thin provisioning)
min. 120GB (thick provisioning)
20 GB 32 GB min. 3GB (thin provisioning)
min. 120GB (thick provisioning)
min. 3GB (thin provisioning)
min. 120GB (thick provisioning)
20 GB 20 GB 32 GB min. 3GB (thin provisioning)
min. 120GB (thick provisioning)
32 GB min. 3GB (thin provisioning)
min. 120GB (thick provisioning)
Key Features
Full L4/L7 ADC                        
Application Acceleration
Content Caching                        
HTTP Compression                        
Application Security
WAF Support                        
DDoS Mitigation                        
Data Loss Prevention (DLP)                        
IPSec VPN                        
TMG Replacement [Pre-auth, SSO, Logging (ESP)]                        
Intrusion Prevention System (IPS)                        
External HSM Support                        
Other Features
Global Server Load Balancing (GSLB)                        
IPv6 Support                        
API Based Administration                        
SDN Adaptive SDN Adaptive (L2-L7 load balancing)                        
Hypervisors Supported
VMware                        
Microsft Hyper-V                        
KVM                        
Oracle VM                        
Oracle Virtual Box                        
Cloud Platforms Supported
Microsoft Azure                        
Amazon Web Services (AWS)                        
VMware vCloud Air                        
Cisco Intercloud