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

Model KEMP LoadMaster 4000 F5 BIG-IP LTM-2000s F5 BIG-IP LTM-2200s Citrix Netscaler MPX-8005 Citrix Netscaler MPX-8600 F5 BIG-IP LTM 4000s Citrix Netscaler MPX-8800 KEMP LoadMaster 5600 F5 BIG-IP LTM-4200v F5 BIG-IP LTM-5000s Citrix Netscaler MPX-8015 Citrix Netscaler MPX 11515 KEMP LoadMaster 8000 F5 BIG IP LTM-7000s Citrix Netscaler MPX-11520 KEMP LoadMaster 8020 KEMP LoadMaster 8020M F5 BIG IP LTM-10000s Citrix Netscaler MPX-11530 Citrix Netscaler MPX-11540
Base Price ($) $10,000 $17,351 $27,995 $45,000 $62,000 $29,995 $72,000 $18,000 $41,995 $41,995 $68,000 $75,000 $30,000 $55,995 $85,000 $40,000 $60,000 $79,995 $95,000 $105,000
Price incl. Features + Year 1 support $15,500 $71,000 $94,000 $53,100 $73,200 $81,100 $85,000 $26,700 $95,100 $102,200 $80,300 $88,500 $43,500 $134,900 $100,300 $59,200 $88,800 $164,000 $112,100 $123,900
Performance
L7 Throughput (Gbps) 6 5 5 5 6 10 10 11 10 15 15 15 20 20 20 30 30 40 30 40
L4 Concurrent Connections 15,200,000 5,000,000 5,000,000     10,000,000   26,500,000 10,000,000 24,000,000     75,800,000 24,000,000   75,800,000 302,200,000 36,000,000    
SSL TPS (2K Keys) 2,500 2,000 4,000 6,500 9,000 4,500 11,000 10,000 9,000 10,000 11,000 22,500 16,000 15,000 25,000 30,000 30,000 21,000 30,000 43,000
Features
Application Acceleration
Content Caching                                        
HTTP Compression                                        
SSL Offloading                                        
Application Availability
Application Health Checking                                        
High Availability                                        
Application Security (AFP)
Web Application Firewal (WAF)                                        
DDoS Mitigation                                        
Data Loss Prevention (DLP)                                        
IPSec VPN                                        
TMG Replacement included (Pre-auth, SSO, Logging [ESP])                                        
Intrusion Prevention System (IPS)                                        
External HSM Support                                        
Other Features
Global Server Load Balancing (GSLB)                                        
API Support                                        
SDN Adaptive (L2-L7 load balancing)                                        
Hardware
Number of Power Supplies 1 1 1 1 2 1 2 2 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Redundant Power Supply   Optional Optional Optional   Optional     Optional Optional Optional                  
Gigabit Ethernet Ports 2 8 8 6 6 8 6 4 8 4 6 4 SFP   4 4     Optional SFP 4 4
10G Fiber Ports (SFP)       6 Optional   n/a         6 Optional                  
10G Ethernet Fiber Ports (SFP+) 2 2 Optional 2 Optional 2 Optional 2 2 Optional 2 2 2 Optional Up to 8 optional 2 Optional 8 6 2 SR (up to 8) 8 8 8 2 SR (up to 16) 8 8
Typical Power Consumption 150W 74W 74W 185W 185W 95W 185W 405W 95W 165W 185W 500W 395W 205W 500W 720W 720W 320W 500W 500W
Rack Height 1U 1U 1U 1U 1U 1U 1U 1U 1U 1U 1U 2U 2U 2U 2U 2U 2U 2U 2U 2U
Standard Memory 8GB 8GB 8GB 32GB 32GB 16GB 32GB 16GB 16GB 32GB 32GB 48GB 64GB 32GB 48GB 64GB 256GB 48GB 48GB 48GB
Storage 500GB HDD 500GB HDD 500GB HDD     500GB HDD   1TB HDD   1TB HDD     1TB HDD 2x 1TB HDD   1TB HDD 1TB HDD 2x 1TB HDD    

* Base Price is the MSRP of an entry level unit

** The features and Year 1 support price reflects a unit fully configured at the top tier of options and with first year support included. For KEMP, this means Enterprise Plus (24x7 Support), for F5 Best Configuration (24 x 7) and for Citrix Platinum (24 x 7 Gold)
Pricing based on publicly available sources during March 2017

Virtual Comparison

Model KEMP Virtual LoadMaster 200 F5 BIG-IP VE-200M Citrix Netscaler VPX-200 KEMP Virtual LoadMaster 2000 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 ($) $6,000 $17,995 $18,300 $6,000 $31,995 $41,995 $36,600 $43,920 $10,000 $49,995 $18,000 $63,995
Price incl. Features + Year 1 support $9,600 $21,100 $21,600 $9,600 $37,500 $49,200 $43,200 $51,900 $15,500 $58,500 $26,700 $74,900
Performance
Max Throughput (in Gbps) 0.2 0.2 0.2 2 1 3 1 3 5 5 10 10
SSL TPS (2K) 200 n/a Up to 750 1,000 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                        

* Base Price is the MSRP of an entry level unit

** The features and Year 1 support price reflects a unit fully configured at the top tier of options and with first year support included. For KEMP, this means Enterprise Plus (24x7 Support), for F5 Best Configuration (24 x 7) and for Citrix Platinum (24 x 7 Gold)
Pricing based on publicly available sources during March 2017