Citrix ADC features software-driven architecture that delivers performance and scale without a heavy reliance on custom hardware, blades, or chassis systems.
As businesses embrace the cloud, hybrid has become their new reality, resulting in a complete end-to-end network infrastructure from the data center to the cloud. Investment in hardware across the data center are being reconsidered as applications migrate to the cloud.
||F5||The Citrix ADC advantage
|Single management console for configuration, orchestration, and analytics
||Citrix ADC configuration management has unique capabilities:
||Anomaly detection with proactive alerts based on server responsiveness, uneven load balancing, and DNS vulnerabilities with machine learning|
|Security analytics||Limited||Security-insights-based approach for threat and safety assessment, providing a visual representation of app vulnerabilities and attacks. Provides recommendations for configurations to increase security posture.|
|Gateway analytics||Limited||Provides insights to help admins troubleshoot remote logon issues based on specific applications, users, and logons.|
|Multiple for factors including containerized
||Citrix ADC leverages the same code base across hardware and software; including a native containerized service that runs in a Docker container. Includes support for Mesos/Marathon and Kubernetes.|
|Flexible licensing for shared capacity
||Limited||Citrix ADC offers a pooled-capacity licensing model that allows capacity to be shared across hardware- and software-based instances. F5 only allows iSeries licenses to be transferred to the cloud on their virtual edition, no shared concurrent capacity allowed.|
|Support for vitual guest instances (multi-tenancy) on an appliance
Citrix ADC provides differentiated multi-tenancy:
|Software based capacity upgrades (Pay-grow)
||Limited||Citrix ADC allows pay-grow for all appliance attributes. F5 only provides for SSL and HTTP increases, bandwidth is not upgradeable.|
|Instance and appliance clustering
||Limited||A complete clustering solution at L2 and L3, includes traffic steering capabilities across a single data plane.|
|Software centric design||Citrix ADC leverages innovation and performance in software that can be deployed on commodity hardware or in the cloud.|
|Common code base across multiple form factors and deployment scenarios||Different versions across form factors, hardware centric bias||Citrix ADC leverages the same code base/API across every form factor to ensure the highest levels of feature parity|
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