CITRIX-NETSCALER SFP PACK 4X1000 is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 6.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Vitor Arruda from Some of the valuable features are load balancing, reverse proxy, and AAA authentication.What is most valuable?* Load Balancing: Why? Availability/Performance: Those are the core features of the product and the main reason for the purchase of an ADC in my company. These features bring a lot of resources that improve the experience of the users.* NetScaler Gateway: Why? Availability/Security: We delivered more than 200 applications thru Xenapp. This feature give us the possibility to deliver the applications anywhere. Currently, 30% of access is made through our NetScaler Gateway (Internet connections).* Global Server Load Balancing: Why? Availability: Bring us the possibility to load balance our ISPs links, delivering DNS responses thru available ISP providers.* Reverse Proxy/AAA Authentication: Why? Availability/Security: Many local websites/applications are now available through the internet, with NetScaler acting as reverse proxy, and through AAA authentication in order to authenticate only necessary users.How has it helped my organization?We are replacing the necessity of any kind of load balance software/components (like Microsoft NLB, SAP Web Dispatcher, DNS Round Robin) and begin to centralize all Load Balancing necessities in the same NetScaler Hardware.What needs improvement?The product provides some templates to integrate with applications like MS Exchange, MS SharePoint, SAP Enterprise Portal, and others. However, the last update for these templates was 2013 (lots of applications are running on versions newer then 2013).For how long have I used the solution?We have used this solution for four years.What do I think about the stability of the solution?We deployed this solution in a two-node cluster. In the beginning, we struggled to make it work properly. We also felt a lack of documentation for complex environments like ours. After some time and with external help, we make it work as it was supposed to function.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?I did not encounter any issues with scalability.How is customer service and technical support?I would give technical support a rating of 7/10.How was the initial setup?The initial setup was complex. Usually, NetScaler implementations are made using the HA feature. We adopted the cluster feature. We noticed that there was a lack of knowledge from the community and Citrix support in this area. Our complex environment of network made the initial setup more difficult.Which other solutions did I evaluate?We evaluated F5 and Brocade.What other advice do I have?Be careful in the choice of a partner to implement this product.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2018-12-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by Stu3219 from Scalability is great. One of the best features is that it can scale out.Primary Use CaseThe primary use case is a low balancing geo failover. However, there are a lot of use cases that we use it for.Improvements to My OrganizationWe use it for Citrix NetScaler MPX deployments. It is being used for publishing Citrix XenApp, mostly for load balancing, but we have been evaluating solutions for deploying it in multi-data centers.Valuable Features* Global servers* Load balancingWe need multi-site and DNS failover.Room for ImprovementIt is difficult to customize. It is more difficult to customize than F5, for example. They have custom iRules that you can write for customized situations.I would like to see more integration for single sign-on on the Citrix side. F5 has done a lot of work on single sign-on capabilities, and it seems that NetScaler might be lacking a bit compared to F5.Stability IssuesWe have had very good luck with stability. However, we have always deployed in an HA configuration.Scalability IssuesScalability is great. One of the best features of NetScaler is that it can scale out.Customer Service and Technical SupportTechnical support seems very knowledgeable if we have any problems. Support had been good when we needed it. We have not needed it that much, but they are good to work with.Previous SolutionsWe used Windows Network Low Balancing.Implementation TeamWe had a consulting service help us with the setup.Pricing, License Cost and SetupWe have been evaluating F5, Citrix, and other ADC products. Citrix is the most expense of all of them.Other AdviceYou need to have somebody who understands application delivery controllers and all their features. If you don't have someone, I would highly recommend training in professional services to help out with it.We are sort of in the evaluation process of replacing everything with one solution.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2018-09-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by Maksim Sataev from Load Balancing, Cache Redirection, Content Switching, All Connected With Traffic Management.Valuable FeaturesLoad balancing, cache redirection, content switching, all connected with traffic management.Improvements to My OrganizationWe have removed all NLB clusters on web applications, increased HA for some applications and now we have possibilities such as rewrite and response with more flexible tools.Room for ImprovementMaybe creating policies with simple regular expressions.Use of SolutionThis is my second year.Stability IssuesI had some problems with HA node movements.Scalability IssuesNo, I had a small deployment with two nodes of NS.Customer Service and Technical SupportVery quick every time, even with Severity 4, with successful results.Previous SolutionsNGNX, but it was not my solution.Initial SetupIt was very easy, the NetScaler community is very big. The GUI is very user friendly and not cumbersome.Pricing, Setup Cost and LicensingIt's not for startups or SOHO.Other Solutions ConsideredWe considered F5 Networks.Other AdviceIt's a good choice for ADC; no marketing.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by Jo o Almeida from Easily integrates with other Citrix productsValuable Features:There are a lot of them:* Load balancing in communications* Global load balancing between data centers* The management* Easy integration with other Citrix products.In the management topic, there are three levels:* 1st Level, most user-friendly, the GUI, in this level we can configures all the features and inclusive test the implementations.* 2nd Level Console, very helpful for easy access to all settings and troubleshooting problems, deep level in settings.* 3rd Level Shell, essential to troubleshooting. Direct access to all logging in the components.Easy integration with Citrix Solution, NetScaler has wizards to help implementation of Citrix solutions, like XenApp/XenDesktop and Xenmobile.Improvements to My Organization:In the organization, we have three systems based in Citrix technology, so there was logic to add a solution which give us security and a focal point of access. With Netscaler, we have a solution divided in two data centers, a secure and unique point of access, and balanced traffic between all the critical components in the Citrix solutions. For the last, we have a mature, solid, and secure component to complete the Citrix environment.Room for Improvement:I think there is always room for improvement in this type of solutions. For example, I think the GUI should be easy to understand.Use of Solution:I have used this version about one year, but Netscaler for about three years.Stability Issues:No, this is a Citrix product. This means there are gobs of documentation, and the support given by CItrix, it's very good.Scalability Issues:No. We have four virtual appliances working. If we need to increase, it's a simple process.Previous Solutions:No, the whole solution is based in Citrix technology.Initial Setup:The system was easy, but the GSLB function was more difficult to configure and test.Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing:It all depends on the features that will be used and the number of accesses.Other Solutions Considered:No.Other Advice:It is important, almost crucial, to have some network knowledge. Have the technical design made, it is very simple to overcomplicate when using this product.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-09-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by Michael Robiso from Review about Citrix NetScaler ADCValuable Features:Web Application Firewall, Content Switching Appliactions, SSL HandlingImprovements to My Organization:Deployment of Netscalers on our DMZ enables our organization to implement secured gateway for our Web Portal, Inbound/Outbound application web service calls across our partners/clients, Security, and Traffic Management.Room for Improvement:Since the web management console uses java plugin. Some improvements needed on the web management console in which sometimesUse of Solution:6 yearsStability Issues:We only encountered hardware issue in which were addressed on firmware upgrade.Scalability Issues:NoneCustomer Service:Good. Citrix has been very supportiveTechnical Support:Good.Previous Solutions:NoneInitial Setup:Appliance initial setup was very easy and seamless.Implementation Team:We have our own competency pool for this appliance. Though we have direct support services from Citrix.Cost and Licensing Advice:Consider the sizing first before purchasing the appliance.Other Solutions Considered:Yes, BigF5.Other Advice:None.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-09-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by Daniel Dobrioglo from Easy to configure and operate. The vendor team was not great.Valuable Features:* Easy to configure the settings* Easy to operate* A lot of useful network and other great settings* A lot of official and unofficial documentations are available on the internetImprovements to My Organization:It is used specially to provide Citrix Access Gateway to customers and their employees.Room for Improvement:I cannot think of any features that should be added because the product has a lot of useful features already.Use of Solution:Over a year with two customers.Deployment Issues:No, easy to deploy.Stability Issues:No, very stable.Scalability Issues:No, because it can be merged into a cluster.Previous Solutions:Yes, we also use F5 Big-IP LTM and in the past we used Cisco ACE. We didn’t switch specifically to use NetScaler, as we use the most appropriate solution depending on the customers needs.Initial Setup:It depends on the customers needs. If they need high availability, if they need Clustering, the number of virtual servers needed and so on.Implementation Team:We used both of them, but when we used the vendor team, their skills were bad and rework from our in-house was needed.Other Solutions Considered:Yes, we use F5 Big-IP LTM and in the past we used Cisco ACE.Other Advice:Yes, two pieces of advice* Do the official training; and* Use the Citrix documentationDisclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.