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

Vendor Model [Throughput] Kemp LM-X1
1Gbps
Kemp LM-X3
3.4Gbps
Kemp LM-X15
15Gbps
Kemp LM-X25
25Gbps
Kemp LM-X40
40Gbps
Kemp LM-X40M
40Gbps
Kemp LM-XHC-25G
55Gbps
Kemp LM-XHC-40G
75Gbps
Kemp LM-XHC-100G
90Gbps
F5 BIG-IP i2600
10Gbps
F5 BIG-IP i2800
10Gbps
F5 BIG-IP i4600
20Gbps
F5 BIG-IP i4800
20Gbps
F5 BIG-IP i5600
35Gbps
F5 BIG-IP i5800
35Gbps
F5 BIG-IP i7600
40Gbps
F5 BIG-IP i7800
40Gbps
F5 BIG-IP i10600
80Gbps
F5 BIG-IP i15600
160Gbps
F5 BIG-IP i15800
160Gbps
Citrix MPX-5901
1Gbps
Citrix MPX-8905
5Gbps
Citrix MPX-8920
20Gbps
Citrix MPX-8930
33Gbps
Citrix MPX-15060-50G
60Gbps
Citrix MPX-15080-50G
80Gbps
Citrix MPX-26100T-100G
100Gbps
Base Unit MSRP $2,500 $4,000 $9,800 $20,000 $30,000 $60,000 $37,500 $42,500 $45,000 $17,995 $27,995 $29,995 $41,995 $49,995 $63,995 $71,995 $87,995 $96,995 $294,995 $409,995 $35,000 $45,000 $60,000 $65,000 $115,000 $130,000 $220,000
HA (2x Units, Active/Standby) Base MSRP $5,000 $8,000 $19,600 $40,000 $60,000 $120,000 $75,000 $85,000 $90,000 $35,990 $55,990 $59,990 $83,990 $99,990 $127,990 $143,990 $175,990 $193,990 $589,990 $819,990 $70,000 $90,000 $120,000 $130,000 $230,000 $260,000 $440,000
HA - Fully Configured with all features licensed, Premium Support, Typical End-User Spend $7,000 $11,600 $28,420 $58,000 $87,000 $177,600 $108,760 $123,260 $130,500 $146,194 $167,276 $171,956 $200,036 $219,256 $252,016 $334,576 $353,316 $373,696 $935,956 $1,205,056 $87,500 $112,500 $150,000 $162,500 $287,500 $325,000 $550,000
Inclusions in End-User Spend Guide Price. Guide price based on reseller published discounts or other published sources when available. Enterprise Subscription, 24x7 Support, 2x Units Enterprise Plus Subscription, 24x7 Support, 2x Units Enterprise Plus Subscription, 24x7 Support, 2x Units Enterprise Plus Subscription, 24x7 Support, 2x Units Enterprise Plus Subscription, 24x7 Support, 2x Units Enterprise Plus Subscription, 24x7 Support, 2x Units Enterprise Plus Subscription, 24x7 Support, 2x Units Enterprise Plus Subscription, 24x7 Support, 2x Units Enterprise Plus Subscription, 24x7 Support, 2x Units "Best" License, 24x7 Support, 2x Units "Best" License, 24x7 Support, 2x Units "Best" License, 24x7 Support, 2x Units "Best" License, 24x7 Support, 2x Units "Best" License, 24x7 Support, 2x Units "Best" License, 24x7 Support, 2x Units "Best" License, 24x7 Support, 2x Units "Best" License, 24x7 Support, 2x Units "Best" License, 24x7 Support, 2x Units "Best" License, 24x7 Support, 2x Units "Best" License, 24x7 Support, 2x Units Includes model with "Enterprise Edition" License, 2x Units. Includes model with "Enterprise Edition" License, 2x Units. Includes model with "Enterprise Edition" License, 2x Units. Includes model with "Enterprise Edition" License, 2x Units. Includes model with "Enterprise Edition" License, 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 N/A 4x Included 12x Included 12x Included 12x Included 8x Included 8x Included 8x Included 12x Included 2x Sold Separately     8x Sold Separately     8x Sold Separately         4x Included          
Application Throughput (L7) 1 Gbps 3.4Gbps 15 Gbps 25 Gbps 40 Gbps 40 Gbps 55 Gbps 75 Gbps 90 Gbps 10 Gbps 10 Gbps 20 Gbps 20 Gbps 35 Gbps 35 Gbps 40 Gbps 40 Gbps 80 Gbps 160 Gbps 160 Gbps 1 Gbps 5 Gbps 20 Gbps 33 Gbps 60 Gbps 80 Gbps 100 Gbps
SSL TPS (2k Keys) 1,000 1,700 12,000 20,000 35,000 35,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 2,500 4,300 10,000 20,000 20,000 35,000 22,000 40,000 37,000 80,000 160,000 4,000 8,000 22,000 40,000 111,000 127,000 N/A
Max Concurrent Connections (L4) 4 Million 8.6 Million 35 Million 75.8 Million 75.8 Million 300 Million 75.8 Million 75.8 Million 75.8 Million 14 Million 14 Million 28 Million 28 Million 40 Million 40 Million 80 Million 80 Million 100 Million 300 Million 300 Million Not Published Not Published Not Published Not Published Not Published 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 Subscription Included with Enterprise Subscription Included with Enterprise Subscription Included with Enterprise Subscription Included with Enterprise Subscription Included with Enterprise Subscription Included with Enterprise Subscription Included with Enterprise Subscription Included with Enterprise Subscription APM Add-on Module (Sold Separately) APM Add-on Module (Sold Separately) APM Add-on Module (Sold Separately) APM Add-on Module (Sold Separately) APM Add-on Module (Sold Separately) APM Add-on Module (Sold Separately) APM Add-on Module (Sold Separately) APM Add-on Module (Sold Separately) APM Add-on Module (Sold Separately) APM Add-on Module (Sold Separately) APM Add-on Module (Sold Separately) Included in Enterprise Edition Included in Enterprise Edition Included in Enterprise Edition Included in Enterprise Edition Included in Enterprise Edition Included in Enterprise Edition Included in Enterprise Edition
Web Application Firewall (WAF)   Included with Enterprise Plus Subscription Included with Enterprise Plus Subscription Included with Enterprise Plus Subscription Included with Enterprise Plus Subscription Included with Enterprise Plus Subscription Included with Enterprise Plus Subscription Included with Enterprise Plus Subscription Included with Enterprise Plus Subscription ASM Add-on Module (Sold Separately) ASM Add-on Module (Sold Separately) ASM Add-on Module (Sold Separately) ASM Add-on Module (Sold Separately) ASM Add-on Module (Sold Separately) ASM Add-on Module (Sold Separately) ASM Add-on Module (Sold Separately) ASM Add-on Module (Sold Separately) ASM Add-on Module (Sold Separately) ASM Add-on Module (Sold Separately) ASM Add-on Module (Sold Separately) Included in Enterprise Edition Included in Enterprise Edition Included in Enterprise Edition Included in Enterprise Edition Included in Enterprise Edition Included in Enterprise Edition Included in Enterprise Edition
FIPS 140-2 Encryption Support Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y                                    
GSLB (DNS-based Global Traffic Mgt, IP Reputation)   Included with Enterprise Plus Subscription Included with Enterprise Plus Subscription Included with Enterprise Plus Subscription Included with Enterprise Plus Subscription Included with Enterprise Plus Subscription Included with Enterprise Plus Subscription Included with Enterprise Plus Subscription Included with Enterprise Plus Subscription GTM Add-on Module (Sold Separately) GTM Add-on Module (Sold Separately) GTM Add-on Module (Sold Separately) GTM Add-on Module (Sold Separately) GTM Add-on Module (Sold Separately) GTM Add-on Module (Sold Separately) GTM Add-on Module (Sold Separately) GTM Add-on Module (Sold Separately) GTM Add-on Module (Sold Separately) GTM Add-on Module (Sold Separately) GTM Add-on Module (Sold Separately) Optional with Enterprise Edition Optional with Enterprise Edition Optional with Enterprise Edition Optional with Enterprise Edition Optional with Enterprise Edition 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 Optional Optional Optional
Centralized Management and Admin, Full API Enabled for Automation and Orchestration Integration. Included with Enterprise Subscription Included with Enterprise Subscription Included with Enterprise Subscription Included with Enterprise Subscription Included with Enterprise Subscription Included with Enterprise Subscription Included with Enterprise Subscription Included with Enterprise Subscription Included with Enterprise Subscription Requires BIG-IQ Add-on Software - Sold Separately Requires BIG-IQ Add-on Software - Sold Separately Requires BIG-IQ Add-on Software - Sold Separately Requires BIG-IQ Add-on Software - Sold Separately Requires BIG-IQ Add-on Software - Sold Separately Requires BIG-IQ Add-on Software - Sold Separately Requires BIG-IQ Add-on Software - Sold Separately Requires BIG-IQ Add-on Software - Sold Separately Requires BIG-IQ Add-on Software - Sold Separately Requires BIG-IQ Add-on Software - Sold Separately Requires BIG-IQ Add-on Software - Sold Separately Standard (Advanced mgt functions in Platinum Edition) Standard (Advanced mgt functions in Platinum Edition) Standard (Advanced mgt functions in Platinum Edition) Standard (Advanced mgt functions in Platinum Edition) Standard (Advanced mgt functions in Platinum Edition) 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 Included with Enterprise Subscription 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 Included with Enterprise Subscription Included with Enterprise Subscription Included with Enterprise Subscription Included with Enterprise Subscription Included with Enterprise Subscription Included with Enterprise Subscription Included with Enterprise Subscription                       Optional Optional Optional Optional Optional Optional Optional

Virtual Comparison

Model Kemp Virtual LoadMaster 500 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 F5 BIG-IP VE-5G Kemp Virtual LoadMaster MAX F5 BIG-IP VE-10G
Base price ($) $2,000 $5,995 $15,000 $4,000 $15,995 $20,995 $30,000 $36,000 $25,995 $10,000 $27,995
Price incl. Features + Year 1 support $3,000 $7,014 $18,300 $5,600 $18,714 $24,564 $36,600 $43,920 $30,414 $14,000 $32,754
Performance
Max Throughput (in Gbps) 0.5 0.2 0.2 3
1 3 1 3 5 Uncapped 10
SSL TPS (2K) 500 n/a Up to 500 4,000 900 n/a Up to 500 Up to 500 n/a Uncapped 3,800
Concurrent Connections 3,000,000 n/a n/a 3,000,000 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a Uncapped 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 1,2,4 or 8 CPUs 64 bit x86 CPU 1,2,4 or 8 CPUs
Memory 1 GB min. 2Gb per core 2 GB 1 GB min. 2Gb per core min. 2Gb per core 2 GB 2 GB 2 GB 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 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