Citrix and Cisco deliver app-centric solutions for next-gen datacenters and cloud networks

Successfully managing application workloads in modern datacenters requires a flexible, scalable, application-aware network. Citrix and Cisco’s expanded partnership includes a significant investment in people and resources to drive market-leading technology innovations that customers need for the cloud era. Citrix NetScaler is the only application delivery controller that fully integrates into Cisco’s unified fabric.

NetScaler is available as a remote services blade on the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series switch

Leveraging Cisco RISE technology, NetScaler seamlessly integrates with the Cisco Nexus 7000 series switch for simplified deployment, automated control and lower cost of operations.  Once installed, NetScaler appears as a native element in the Nexus 7000 fabric, delivering the standalone performance, availability and reliability of a best-in-class application delivery controller (ADC).

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Introduction to RISE (2:24)

NetScaler is now available as a remote services blade on the Nexus 7000 enabled by Cisco RISE

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NetScaler and Cisco RISE (6:00)

Cisco RISE and Citrix NetScaler in-depth discussion

Sharing a common vision for an open application-centric datacenter

Bringing Citrix and Cisco key technologies together into an integrated solution helps enterprise and service provider customers deliver true cloud service automation with deep network and application-level intelligence, speed service deployment and simplify networking services.

Citrix NetScaler and Cisco ACI enable datacenter and cloud administrators to holistically control L2-L7 network services in a unified manner via seamless insertion and automation of best-in-class NetScaler services into next-generation datacenters built on Cisco's ACI Architectures.

Citrix supports Cisco in submitting the OpFlex policy control engine to the IETF

Citrix is supporting Cisco in submitting the OpFlex policy control engine to the IETF standards body, as well as submitting the ACI application policy model to the OpenDaylight open source controller consortium.

OpFlex is a proposal for an open standard focused on advanced infrastructure policy for networks, hypervisors and applications. Through OpFlex, Citrix can expose industry-leading NetScaler ADC services to applications and the APIC policy model, enabling Citrix to deepen product integration between Cisco APIC and NetScaler. OpFlex will enable administrators to set network policies centrally and deploy them automatically throughout their network, both on hardware devices and on virtual network devices such as the vSwitch on Citrix XenServer.

Expanding the virtual network infrastructure portfolio

Citrix and Cisco have delivered the Citrix NetScaler 1000V, a best-in-class application delivery controller that redefines L4-L7 services. Building on Cisco strength in Unified Fabric and Unified Compute, and Citrix strength in intelligent, application delivery, the architecture runs on the Nexus Virtual Service Platform to provide a virtualized network platform that delivers scalability, elastic instantiation, and multi-tenant operation, all with a common approach to service provisioning and management.

The Citrix NetScaler 1000V is available via the normal Cisco sales and worldwide channels, providing a smooth migration path for ACE, GSS and CSS customers. The Citrix NetScaler is the Cisco ACE replacement product recommended by Cisco.

Reduced Overall Deployment Costs

The NetScaler 1000V helps control costs by using processing capacity already in place, including existing virtualized servers and associated resources. Multiple NetScaler 1000V instances can be deployed on a single server or Cisco Nexus 1100 appliance to optimize hardware infrastructure usage, without creating dependency on specific server hardware.

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Citrix, Cisco & NetScaler 1000V (Part 1: Strategic Product Partnership) (9:2)

The first part of an extended program that features commentary by Sunil Potti, Ram Appalaraju, Tom Flink and Rick Baker on the recent Cisco announcement of the NetScaler 1000V on Nexus.

Resources for Cisco ACE Customers

Citrix NetScaler ADC solutions provide unmatched load balancing and application delivery capabilities for any datacenter environment. To assist Cisco ACE customers make a seamless transition to a next-generation NetScaler ADC solution, Citrix is offering a special ACE Migration Program. This Citrix migration program offers the industry's most attractive financial incentives to ACE customers, along with NetScaler implementation services delivered by its world-class Citrix Consulting Services. Together, Cisco and Citrix are making it easier than ever to move to the industry's most advanced application delivery solution.

Key Announcements

  • Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) and NetScaler technology now tightly integrated
  • Citrix NetScaler virtual ADC is integrated into the Cisco Unified Fabric Cloud Network Services portfolio
  • Citrix NetScaler 1000V is the resulting best-in-class virtual ADC
  • ACE, GSS and CSS customers will have a smooth migration path
  • Available through the Cisco sales channel and supported by the Cisco Technical Assistance Center

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