Citrix NetScaler Now a Vblock Ready Solution

Cloud Computing, Network Virtualization — By on Monday, January 13th, 2014

Citrix NetScaler Functionality Now Available on VCE Vblock Systems; Citrix Now a VCE Technology Alliance Partner

Citrix today announced that the Citrix NetScaler® platform, the industry’s most advanced cloud networking functionality, is Vblock™ Ready certified, delivering key functionality to VCE™ Vblock™ Systems. Citrix, also now a member of the VCE Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) program, is working with VCE to give customers the ability to seamlessly incorporate the NetScaler platform into VCE Vblock System deployments. In doing so, NetScaler is enabling cloud environments to scale up, in and out via groundbreaking Citrix TriScale™ technology, bringing the same innovation that powers many of the world’s largest clouds to the Vblock System architecture. This partnership builds on the strategic integrations of the NetScaler product released last month with the Cisco datacenter portfolio.

In today’s era of mobility and cloud, a flexible, application-centric networking architecture is a critical element of the software-defined datacenter. It provides the networking agility and programmability necessary to simplify datacenter IT operations while enabling application awareness. The Citrix NetScaler platform can now deliver these capabilities on top of the value of Vblock systems, which are pre-integrated, pre-tested and pre-validated converged infrastructure solutions optimized for various popular workloads such as virtual desktops, enterprise mobility and private and public cloud environments. Powered by unique Citrix TriScale technology, the NetScaler SDX™ service delivery platform, can now be seamlessly leveraged to deliver multi-tenant, best-in-class L4-7 services offering 80:1 ADC consolidation on a single Vblock System.

Additionally, the NetScaler platform also brings unique integrations with popular virtual desktop and enterprise mobility offerings such as Citrix XenApp®, Citrix XenDesktop® and Citrix XenMobile® products via innovative capabilities such as HDX Insight™ to VCE customers, delivering deep visibility and control into critical business operations. NetScaler ADC technology running seamlessly with Vblock Systems can enable VCE customers to boost business productivity by accelerating application performance for all users, while lowering datacenter costs by enabling multi-tenant consolidation.

Through its partnerships with Cisco and VCE, Citrix brings additional value to VCE customers in two distinct areas. The NetScaler functionality found in the Citrix NetScaler 1000V platform announced earlier this year and available from Cisco, tightly couples the capabilities of Citrix NetScaler with Cisco’s virtual networking framework to provide superior network service provisioning and performance. The Citrix NetScaler product group also recently announced support of the Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), which gives joint customers unprecedented control of their networks in a unique application-centric perspective. Leveraging Citrix TriScale technology, Citrix NetScaler and Cisco ACI technologies enable cloud administrators to more uniformly deliver application centric services at Layers 2-7 network while maintaining the benefits of an elastic and automated cloud network architecture.

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