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Press Release -- October 26th, 2011
Source: Cologix
Tags: CDN, Datacenter, Exchange

Citrix NetScaler CloudConnectors Extend Network Fabric to “Last Mile” Cloud Services

Citrix Also Releases New Version of CloudBridge to Connect Enterprise Datacenters to External Capacity in the Cloud

BARCELONA, SPAIN » 10/26/2011 » Today at Citrix Synergy™, the conference where cloud computing, networking and virtualization meet, Citrix announced NetScaler CloudConnectors™, an innovative new solution that seamlessly extends the traditional networking footprint beyond the four walls of the enterprise datacenter to points of presence all over the world – creating a true end-to-end “service delivery fabric.” This end-to-end service delivery fabric enables enterprises and internet app and content providers alike to apply a new class of transparent, and easy to deploy, hybrid networking solutions for web, SaaS and mobile applications at the Internet’s “last mile.”  NetScaler CloudConnectors are the first solutions in the industry to knit on-premise and off-premise capabilities into a seamless fabric delivering two to three times better optimizations than standalone solutions. Citrix also announced new updates to Citrix CloudBridge, a solution that sits at the “back door” of enterprise datacenters, making it easy for them to connect to extra capacity in the cloud in the most secure, optimized way possible (see graphic).

As the industry transitions from the PC Era to the Cloud Era, today’s modern enterprise is extending its in-house applications to add support for a myriad of SaaS, cloud and mobile services that are extremely dynamic and provide a rich, highly interactive and highly personalized user experience. In the Cloud Era, even the desktop itself is virtualized, and services are delivered from off-premise cloud datacenters, over the internet, to a diverse set of devices that are chosen by the user. In this new era, IT infrastructure must provide a new class of service delivery capabilities that apply traditional application delivery acceleration, security and availability options to any cloud service, delivered from any cloud, to any user. NetScaler CloudConnectors define the new class of hybrid solutions that will be the norm for cloud service delivery in years to come.

Citrix also unveiled the first of its new connectors, the NetScaler CloudConnector for CDN. This offering will provide a hybrid solution that optimizes network links between the datacenter, and the Internet’s “last mile”.  NetScaler CloudConnector for CDN is offered alongside services offered by Cotendo, a leading provider of advanced cloud acceleration and cloud delivery network (CDN) services.  The combination of NetScaler and the Cotendo CDN service, working in close alignment, will accelerate the delivery of static and dynamic content by up to five times, while reducing network bandwidth requirements by up to 95 percent – all while preserving end-to-end security.
What’s New
NetScaler CloudConnector for CDN offers the following benefits:

  • Accelerates Dynamic Mobile, Web and SaaS Apps: As applications become more dynamic, an increasing proportion of user requests must transit all the way to the data center origin, putting the network link between the CDN PoPs and the data center on the “critical path”.  CloudConnector for CDN applies symmetric TCP optimizations, data compression and data deduplication techniques to mitigate latency between the data center and the CDN PoPs, accelerating application response time by up to 5 times.
  • Reduces Network Bandwidth Requirements: The same techniques used to mitigate latency and accelerate response time also dramatically reduce data volumes out of the data center. NetScaler CloudConnector for CDN cuts bandwidth needs by up to 95 percent, even for dynamically generated content.
  • Preserves Security: For applications where security and privacy are paramount, NetScaler CloudConnector for CDN preserves full data encryption between the CDN PoPs and the origin data center.
  • Maintains Transparency: NetScaler CloudConnector for CDN is entirely transparent to in-house applications, SaaS providers and application end-users. Moreover, all off-premise infrastructure is operated and maintained by Cotendo entirely as a service.

New Release of Citrix CloudBridge
Citrix also showcased enhancements to Citrix CloudBridge, making it even easier for enterprise customers to tap into extra capacity in the cloud in a secure, optimized fashion. New enhancements to CloudBridge include:

  • IaaS “Cloud Catalog” within NetScaler: Leading cloud providers worldwide will be “pre-certified” for supporting CloudBridge. This provides enterprises a validated list of cloud data centers worldwide that can be easily tapped for additional capacity.
  • Simple, “One-sided” Setup: Wizard-driven automation between CloudBridge and leading cloud providers makes it easy for enterprises to extend their networks from entirely within the CloudBridge user interface.
  • CloudBridge Citrix Ready Program: Citrix also launched a Citrix Ready certification program, enabling any cloud provider to certify its cloud as “Citrix CloudBridge ready”.

Mark Fabbi, Vice President, Distinguished Analyst, Gartner Research
“To fully optimize the delivery of web, mobile and SaaS applications to customers and employees, enterprise IT organizations must look beyond the four walls of the data center.  Hybrid networking solutions combining on-premise footprints with off-premise services will emerge as a key component of any enterprise service delivery toolkit.”

Sunil Potti, Vice President and General Manager, Cloud Networking Platforms Group, Citrix
“As our customers transition to the Cloud era and leverage services globally across a multitude of devices, their demands on traditional application delivery have dramatically changed. To meet these new needs, we are happy to announce a game-changing addition of our new NetScaler CloudConnectors.  This new solution creates a ‘service delivery fabric’ from the datacenter to the user edge that will deliver five to ten times faster user experiences for web, SaaS, mobile services and desktop delivery.   We expect NetScaler CloudConnectors to herald in a new class of “hybrid” cloud networking offerings that will become the norm in years to come.”

Ronni Zehavi, CEO, Cotendo
“The ability to provide end-to-end acceleration between the end user and the data center is a critical step in enabling Enterprises to deliver on the promise of providing employees, partners and other users with a consistent, secure and rewarding experience.  “Our innovative relationship with Citrix has led to a hybrid network solution which eliminates the silos that exist today between traditional CDNs, advanced cloud-based acceleration services and on-premise application delivery infrastructure. This unique approach brings content providers and large Enterprises a solution that removes the complexity faced by IT departments while expanding the value of their applications and helping to significantly reduce capital expenditures as well as operational expenditures.”
Pricing and Availability
NetScaler CloudConnector for CDN will be available in November 2011. Available as a hybrid solution, NetScaler CloudConnector for CDN requires two components:

  • An option added to the NetScaler MPX, VPX or SDX appliance running in the enterprise data center. SRP for this option starts at $5,000.
  • A service offered and sold by Cotendo. SRP for this service starts at $500/month.

Additional NetScaler CloudConnectors for optimizing HDX and for hybrid security solutions will be available in 2012.
About Citrix NetScaler
Citrix NetScaler makes applications and cloud-based services run five times better by offloading application and database servers, accelerating application and service performance, and integrating security. Customers looking for a powerful application delivery solution can choose the popular NetScaler MPX hardware appliance, which powers most of the world’s largest enterprises and websites – as well as thousands of small to midsized companies. Organizations requiring the full breadth of NetScaler features in a flexible software form factor can chose the NetScaler VPX virtual appliance. Enterprises and cloud providers that want to deliver applications and services in a virtualized, multi-tenant platform can choose NetScaler SDX.
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