NetScaler Platforms

Citrix NetScaler is available in both high-performance hardware appliances as well as flexible software-based virtual appliances that support popular hypervisors and run on off-the-shelf servers.

NetScaler Hardware Appliance

NetScaler MPX

Full portfolio of hardware-based app delivery appliances delivering 500 Mbps to 120 Gbps of performance.

Use cases

Managing web applications with multiple gigabits of traffic

Most of the world's largest and highest traffic volume web sites are powered by NetScaler MPX. Emerging cloud computing architectures use the solution to exploit Citrix's massive throughput, fast SSL processing and high-scale data compression while gaining the computing power to run all NetScaler features concurrently.

Load balancing for small enterprises

The same nCore architecture and NetScaler feature set relied on by massive web sites is also available for small to mid-size organizations with MPX models handling up to 1 Gbps of overall performance. Additional midrange models enable organizations to scale via Pay-As-You-Grow licensing from 2 Gbps to 6 Gbps to support growth in online traffic.

Ultra high performance web application security

The nCore-powered, ICSA-certified NetScaler AppFirewall, the industry's fastest, detects application-layer attacks at throughput rates in excess of 12 Gbps. Running on the MPX platform, the NetScaler AppFirewall inspects all bi-directional traffic and leverages a hybrid security model (positive and negative) to protect applications from all types of threats, including cross-site scripting and SQL injection.

Flex tenancy

Flex tenancy architectures manage application delivery using a two-tier approach: A flex tier at the network edge provides services common to all applications running in the datacenter, complemented by a tenant tier providing application-specific application delivery policies implemented in proximity to the application server. The performance and scalability of NetScaler MPX is ideally suited to support the "flex" tier, providing a multitude of services for all applications, including global server load balancing, SSL termination and distributed denial of service (DoS) protection.

Models

NetScaler MPX is available in a variety of models to suit the most demanding IT and business needs. If additional throughput is needed, some models also support Burst Packs and Pay-as-You-Grow options to help protect your initial investment and make it easier to scale up your network with a simple software license upgrade. For more details on models and specifications view the data sheet.

Models

Performance Entry-level
Midrange
Version MPX 5550, 5650 MPX 
8005, 8015
HTTP Throughput 500 Mbps – 5 Gbps 5 - 15 Gbps
SSL Transactions per Second
(2048-bit certificates)
1,500 to 2,800 6,500 to 11,000
SSL Throughput 500 Mbps to 2 Gbps 4 Gbps to 6 Gbps
CPU Cores 2 - 3 4
Port Configurations 6x10/100/1000 Copper 6x10/100/1000 Copper and 6xGE SFP or 6x10/100/1000 Copper
and 2x10GE SFP+
Memory 8 GB 32 GB
Power Supplies Single Single, optional second
Rated Power 300W 450W
NEBS Certified Option    
Additional Options    
Pay-As-You-Grow Upgrade to 5650 Upgrade
to 8015
Burst Packs Upgrade to 5650 Burst to
8015

Models

Performance High-end
Very High Capacity
Ultra High Capacity
Version MPX 11515, 11520, 11530, 11540, 11542 MPX 17550, 19550, 20550, 21550 MPX 22040, MPX 22060, MPX 22080, MPX 22100, MPX 22120
HTTP Throughput  15 - 42 Gbps  20 - 50 Gbps 40 - 120 Gbps
SSL Transactions per Second
(2048-bit certificates)
22,500 to 69,000 33,000 to 90,000 125,000 to 560,000
SSL Throughput 14 Gbps to 20.5 Gbps 8 Gbps to 11 Gbps 75 Gbps
CPU Cores 8 to 12 12 16
Port Configurations 8x10GE SFP+
and 4xGE SFP
 8x10GE SFP+ 24x10GE SFP+ and (for NEBS) 24x10GE SFP+ and 12xGE SFP
Memory 48 GB 96 GB 256 GB
Power Supplies Dual Dual Dual
Rated Power 625W 650W 1100W
NEBS Certified Option     Available
Additional Options      
Pay-As-You-Grow Upgrade
to 11520, 11530, 11540, 11542
Upgrade to 19550, 20550, 21550 Upgrade to 22060, 22080, 22100 and 22120
Burst Packs Burst to
11542
Burst to 21550 Burst to 22120

Specifications

MPX 22040, 22060, 22080, 22100, 22120

  • Processor: Dual Intel® E5-2690
  • Memory: 256 GB
  • Operating system: NetScaler v9.3nc or higher
  • Connectivity: 24x10GBASE-X SFP+ front-side ports; for NEBS only-24x10GE SFP+ and 12xGE SFP
  • Transceivers: 10GE SFP+: SR, LR
  • Power Supply: Dual Redundant 1500W max rating;100V-240Vac, 47-63 Hz; DC optional
  • Cooling: 5118 BTU/hr
  • Airflow: Front-to-back
  • Operating Temperature: 0-40C
  • Relative Humidity: 5%-95%
  • Height/weight: 2U/58 lbs.

MPX 17550, 19550, 20550, 21550

  • Processor: Dual Intel® Xeon® X5680
  • Memory: 96 GB
  • Operating system: NetScaler v9.3nc or higher
  • Connectivity: 8x10GBASE-X SFP+ front-side ports
  • Transceivers: 10GE SFP+: SR, LR
  • Power Supply: Dual Redundant 650W max rating;100V-240Vac, 47-63 Hz; DC optional
  • Cooling: 2219 BTU/hr
  • Airflow: Front-to-back
  • Operating Temperature: 0-40C
  • Relative Humidity: 5%-95%
  • Height/weight: 2U/45 lbs.

MPX 11515, 11520, 11530, 11540, 11542

  • Processor: Dual Intel Xeon E5645 Memory: 48 GB
  • Operating system: NetScaler 9.3 and up
  • Connectivity: 8x10GBASE-X SFP+ and 4x1000BASE-X SFP (fiber or copper) front-side ports
  • Transceivers: 10GE SFP+: SR, LR; GE SFP; 1 GE SFP: SX, LX
  • Power Supply: Dual Redundant 650W max rating; 100V-240Vac, 47-63 Hz; DC optional
  • Cooling: 2219 BTU/hr
  • Airflow: Front-to-back
  • Operating Temperature: 0-40C
  • Relative Humidity: 5%-95%
  • Height/weight: 2U/45 lbs

MPX 8005, 8015

  • Processor: Intel E3-1275 Memory: 32 GB
  • Operating system: NetScaler 9.3.nc and up
  • Connectivity: 6x10/100/1000BASE-T and 2x10GBASE-X SFP+ or 6x10/100/1000BASE-T and 6x1000BASE-SFP (fiber or copper) front-side ports
  • Transceivers: 10GE SFP+: SR, LR; 1 GE SFP: SX, LX
  • Power Supply: Single 450W max rating (optional second redundant supply); 100V-240Vac, 47-63 Hz; DC optional
  • Cooling: 1536 BTU/hr
  • Airflow: Front-to-back
  • Operating Temperature: 0-40C
  • Relative Humidity: 10%-90%
  • Height/weight: 1U/32 lbs

MPX 5550, 5650

  • Processor: Intel® E3-1225
  • Memory: 8 GB
  • Operating system: NetScaler 9.3 and higher
  • Connectivity: 6x10/100/1000BASE-T front-side ports
  • Power Supply: Single 300W max rating; 100V-240Vac, 47-63 Hz
  • Cooling: 1110 BTU/hr
  • Airflow: Front-to-back
  • Operating Temperature: 0-40C
  • Relative Humidity: 10%-90%
  • Height/weight: 1U/32 lbs.

NetScaler VPX

Software-based virtual appliances that run on widely deployed hypervisors and support 10 Mbps to 3 Gbps performance levels.

Use Cases

Architecting private/public cloud infrastructures

The adoption of cloud computing creates significant networking challenges, including the need to provide self-service capabilities and deliver elastic provisioning of application delivery services. As a software-based virtual appliance, NetScaler VPX enables rapid on-demand provisioning in both public and private cloud infrastructures. The solution's RESTful APIs are leveraged by leading cloud providers to develop self-service capabilities and dramatically reduce overall deployment cost.

Utilizing NetScaler within non-production environments

NetScaler VPX can be deployed within development, testing and staging environments, prior to promotion into production. This approach supports an improved assurance process and eliminates the cost and logistics of dedicating physical appliances for use within application development areas. NetScaler policy configurations defined in the development lab can easily be moved into production. The inherent flexibility of the virtual appliance model enables NetScaler VPX to be evaluated as part of the full application lifecycle process.

Architecting scalable multi-tenant infrastructures

In flex-tenancy architectures, application delivery is segmented into two tiers: a flex tier at the datacenter edge for shared network services using NetScaler MPX appliances, and application-specific tenant tiers using NetScaler VPX instances in close proximity to each application. Applications that vary significantly by tenant are optimized via dedicated VPX instances. Policies are tailored to the specific needs of particular tenants—whether they are defined as an application, line of business or user.

Attractive application delivery options for smaller businesses

NetScaler VPX is ideal for small to mid-size businesses to improve widely-deployed applications, such as XenDesktop and XenApp, as well as popular applications including Microsoft Exchange and SharePoint. Support for AppExpert templates enables fast and easy configuration for these and other applications.

Models

NetScaler VPX is available in a variety of models to suit the most demanding IT and business needs. If additional throughput is needed, some models also support Burst Pack and Pay-As-You-Grow options to help protect your initial investment and make it easier to scale up your network with a simple software license upgrade. For more details on models and specifications view the data sheet.

Models

Performance1 VPX 3000 VPX 1000 VPX 200 VPX 10
HTTP throughput 3 Gbps 1 Gbps 200 Mbps 10 Mbps
SSL encrypted throughput Up to 1 Gbps
New SSL requests/second (2k key certificate) Up to 750 
HTTP compression throughput Up to 0.75 Gbps
Max concurrent SSL VPN users  Up to 1500
1 VPX performance depends on the underlying server resources (e.g., CPU speed, CPU/Memory allocated to the VPX), other guests VMs running on the same server with VPX, and the hypervisor.

Specifications

VPX 10, 200, 1000, 3000

  • Processor requirements: Dual core server with Intel® VTx or AMD-V™
  • Memory available: 2GB RAM, 20 GB hard drive
  • Hypervisor: Citrix XenServer 5.6 or later; VMWare ESX/ESXi 3.5 or later; Microsoft Hyper-V 2008 R2 and 2012 R1 and R2; KVM
  • Connectivity: 100 Mbps minimum; 1 Gbps recommended

NetScaler SDX

Hardware-based appliances with advanced virtualization to consolidate up to 80 independently-managed NetScaler instances with up to 120 Gbps of overall performance.

Use Cases

Supporting datacenter consolidation

Enterprise datacenters are migrating to virtual architectures that share resources across business units and individual applications. As part of the process, organizations are consolidating networking services and collapsing multiple network appliances into a single, scalable platform that can support the datacenter requirements. NetScaler SDX is the ideal platform to enable this service consolidation within the virtual datacenter while continuing to preserve the necessary traffic isolation and performance and service levels expected by application owners.

Providing multi-tenancy the right way

Virtual datacenters enable key services to be delivered efficiently to individual tenants such as internal business units, individual application owners and external service provider customers. NetScaler SDX satisfies multi-tenant requirements by: 

  • Running completely independent NetScaler instances—with separate policies—to deliver all NetScaler capabilities
  • Providing complete isolation of traffic among clients to meet compliance requirements
  • Supporting different NetScaler software versions to meet the lifecycle needs of each client
  • Maintaining separate IP addressing for easy deployment into virtual datacenters

Maintaining tenant isolation without compromise

NetScaler SDX traffic flows and data paths from different clients remain separate at the hardware layer, enabling consolidation benefits to span security zones without appliance sprawl. Hardware virtualization bypasses and replaces software-based traffic classification / sorting methods, enabling administrators to maintain L2 separation without the typical latency associated with virtualizing datacenter workloads. Independent processing stacks and routing segregate traffic and network information to support multiple isolated tenants on a single platform.

Enabling cloud datacenter build-outs

Enterprises leveraging cloud infrastructures need the ability to provision networking capabilities on-demand to meet dynamic application needs. As applications shift from the enterprise datacenter to a cloud environment, much of the application delivery functionality supporting the application must also migrate. NetScaler SDX distributes flexible NetScaler application delivery capabilities across multiple applications running in the cloud through a common control plane—while providing the full reliability and performance of NetScaler hardware.

Models

NetScaler SDX is available in a variety of models to suit the most demanding IT and business needs. If additional throughput is needed, Burst Pack and Pay-as-You-Grow options help protect your initial investment and make it easier to scale up your network with a simple software license upgrade. Instance packs (also applied via simple software license) further protect your investment by entitling the deployment of additional NetScaler instances, immediately and without affecting production ADC services. For more details on models and specifications view the data sheet.

Compare Models by:

Performance

Model HTTP Throughput
SSL transactions per second
(1024/2048-bit certificates)
SSL Throughput Max Instances

SDX 8015

15 Gbps

55,000/11,000

6 Gbps

5

SDX 11515

15 Gbps

150,000/22,500

14 Gbps

20

SDX 11520

20 Gbps

160,000/25,000

15 Gbps

20

SDX 11530

30 Gbps

200,000/30,000

17 Gbps

20

SDX 11540

40 Gbps

250,000/43,000

19 Gbps

20

SDX 11542

42 Gbps

300,000/69,000

20.5 Gbps

20

SDX 17550
20 Gbps 150,000/33,000 8 Gbps 40
SDX 19550
30 Gbps 225,000/50,000  9 Gbps 40
SDX 20550
40 Gbps 330,000/73,000 10 Gbps 40
SDX 21550
50 Gbps 375,000/90,000 11 Gbps 40

SDX 22040

40 Gbps

400,000/120,000

35 Gbps

80

SDX 22060

60 Gbps

520,000/225,000

45 Gbps

80

SDX 22080

80 Gbps

630,000/340,000

55 Gbps

80

SDX 22100

100 Gbps

650,000/460,000

56 Gbps

80

SDX 22120

120 Gbps

650,000/560,000

56 Gbps

80

Specifications

Model
Processor Port Configuration
RAM Power Supplies
Rated Power
NEBS certified option
SDX 8015
Intel E3-1275 6xGE copper and 6xGE SFP or 6xGE copper and 2x10GE SFP+ 32 GB
Single (optional second) 450W
 
SDX 11515 Dual Intel E5645 8x10GE SFP+ and 4xGE SFP 48 GB Dual 650W  
SDX 11520 Dual Intel E5645 8x10GE SFP+ and 4xGE SFP 48 GB Dual 650W  
SDX 11530 Dual Intel E5645 8x10GE SFP+ and 4xGE SFP 48 GB Dual 650W  
SDX 17550
Dual Intel x5680 8x10GE SFP+ 96 GB Dual 650W  
SDX 11540 Dual Intel E5645 8x10GE SFP+ and 4xGE SFP 48 GB Dual 650W  
SDX 19550
Dual Intel x5680 8x10GE SFP+ 96 GB Dual 650W  
SDX 11542 Dual Intel E5645 8x10GE SFP+ and 4xGE SFP 48 GB Dual 650W  
SDX 20550
Dual Intel x5680 8x10GE SFP+ 96 GB Dual 650W  
SDX 21550
Dual Intel x5680 8x10GE SFP+ 96 GB Dual 650W  

SDX 22040

Dual Intel E5-2690

24x10GE SFP+

256 GB

Dual

1100W

Available

SDX 22060

Dual Intel E5-2690

24x10GE SFP+

256 GB

Dual

1100W

Available

SDX 22080

Dual Intel E5-2690

24x10GE SFP+

256 GB

Dual

1100W

Available

SDX 22100

Dual Intel E5-2690

24x10GE SFP+

256 GB

Dual

1100W

Available

SDX 22120

Dual Intel E5-2690

24x10GE SFP+

256 GB

Dual

1100W

Available

Available Options

Model Pay-As-You-Grow Burst Pack
SDX 8015    
SDX 11515 Upgrade to 11520, 11530, 11540, 11542
Burst to 11542
SDX 11520 Upgrade to 11530, 11540, 11542 Burst to 11542
SDX 11530 Upgrade to 11540, 11542 Burst to 11542
SDX 17550
Upgrade to 19550, 20550, 21550 Burst to 21550
SDX 11540 Upgrade to 11542 Burst to 11542
SDX 19550
Upgrade to 20550, 21550 Burst to 21500
SDX 11542    
SDX 20550
Upgrade to 21550 Burst to 21550
SDX 21550
   

SDX 22040

Upgrade to 22060, 22080, 22100, 2120

Burst to 22120

SDX 22060

Upgrade to 22080, 22100, 22120

Burst to 22120

SDX 22080

Upgrade to 22100, 22120

Burst to 22120

SDX 22100

Upgrade to 22120

Burst to 22120

SDX 22120

   

Specifications

SDX 22040, 22060, 22080, 22100, 22120

  • Processor: Dual Intel® E5-2690
  • Memory: 256 GB
  • Operating system: NetScaler v10.1 or higher
  • Connectivity: 24x10GBASE-X SFP+ front-side ports; for NEBS only-24x10GE SFP+ and 12xGE SFP
  • Transceivers: 10GE SFP+: SR, LR
  • Power Supply: Dual Redundant 1500W max rating;100V-240Vac, 47-63 Hz; DC optional
  • Cooling: 5118 BTU/hr
  • Airflow: Front-to-back
  • Operating Temperature:0-40C
  • Relative Humidity: 5%-95%
  • Height/weight: 2U/58 lbs.

SDX 17550, 19550, 20550, 21550

  • Processor: Dual Intel® Xeon® X5680
  • Memory: 96 GB
  • Operating system: NetScaler v9.3nc or higher
  • Connectivity: 8x10GBASE-X SFP+ front-side ports
  • Transceivers: 10GE SFP+: SR, LR
  • Power Supply: Dual Redundant 650W max rating;100V-240Vac, 47-63 Hz; DC optional
  • Cooling: 2219 BTU/hr
  • Airflow: Front-to-back
  • Operating Temperature:0-40C
  • Relative Humidity: 5%-95%
  • Height/weight: 2U/45 lbs.

SDX 11515, 11520, 11530, 11540, 11542

  • Processor: Dual Intel Xeon E5645
  • Memory: 48 GB
  • Operating system: NetScaler 10.1 and up
  • Connectivity: 8x10GBASE-X SFP+ and 4x1000BASE-X SFP (fiber or copper) front-side ports
  • Transceivers: 10GE SFP+: SR, LR; GE SFP; 1 GE SFP: SX, LX
  • Power Supply: Dual Redundant 650W max rating; 100V-240Vac, 47-63 Hz; DC optional
  • Cooling: 2219 BTU/hr
  • Airflow: Front-to-back
  • Operating Temperature:0-40C
  • Relative Humidity: 5%-95%
  • Height/weight: 2U/45 lbs

SDX 8015

  • Processor: Intel E3-1275
  • Memory: 32 GB
  • Operating system: NetScaler 10 and up
  • Connectivity: 6x10/100/1000BASE-T and 2x10GBASE-X SFP+ or 6x10/100/1000BASE-T and 6x1000BASE-SFP (fiber or copper) front-side ports
  • Transceivers: 10GE SFP+: SR, LR; 1 GE SFP: SX, LX
  • Power Supply: Single 450W max rating (optional second redundant supply); 100V-240Vac, 47-63 Hz; DC optional
  • Cooling: 1536 BTU/hr
  • Airflow: Front-to-back
  • Operating Temperature: 0-40C
  • Relative Humidity: 10%-90%
  • Height/weight: 1U/32lbs

NetScaler on AWS

The full suite of NetScaler capabilities is now available on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) environment.

Use Cases

Hybrid Cloud Environment

With NetScaler on AWS, hybrid clouds that span enterprise datacenters and extend into AWS can benefit from the same cloud networking platform, significantly easing the transition of applications and workloads back and forth between a private datacenter and AWS. The full suite of NetScaler capabilities, ranging from intelligent database load balancing with DataStream to unprecedented application visibility with AppFlow and real-time monitoring of web application traffic with Action Analytics, can be leveraged with NetScaler on AWS.

AWS for Production Delivery

Customers using AWS for production delivery can now front applications running in AWS with the same core cloud networking platform used by the largest websites and clouds in the world. L4 load balancing, L7 traffic management, application acceleration and application security functionality are all integrated via a single policy framework, simplifying deployment and ongoing management. Global Server Load Balancing can be used to ensure high availability across AWS availability zones, AWS regions, and between AWS and on-premises datacenters.

Business Continuity

Customers looking to use AWS as part of their disaster recovery and business continuity plans can rely upon NetScaler Global Server Load Balancing running both on-premise and within AWS to continuously monitor availability of both enterprise datacenters and AWS environments, ensuring users are always sent to the optimal location. Citrix CloudBridge optimizes data transfer and synchronization between various on-premise datacenters and AWS environments.

Development and Testing

Customers running production on-premise but using AWS for development and testing can now include NetScaler within their AWS test environments, speeding time-to-production due to better mimicry of the production environment within their test environments. Citrix CloudBridge optimizes connections between the enterprise datacenter and AWS, securing the connection, speeding transfer of data, and minimizing network costs.

Models

NetScaler VPX is available in a variety of models to suit the most demanding IT and business needs.

Models

Performance1 VPX 3000 VPX 1000 VPX 200 VPX 10
HTTP throughput 3 Gbps 1 Gbps 200 Mbps 10 Mbps
SSL encrypted throughput Up to 1 Gbps
New SSL requests/second (2k key certificate) Up to 750
HTTP compression throughput Up to 0.75 Gbps
Max concurrent SSL VPN users Up to 1500
1 VPX performance depends on the underlying server resources (e.g. CPU speed, CPU/Memory allocated to the VPX), other guest VMs running on the same server with VPX, and the hypervisor.

Specifications

  • AWS Virtual Private Cloud
  • AWS Elastic Block Storage
  • EC2 instance with minimum of 2 Virtual Cores, 2 GB RAM
  • Available via AWS Marketplace or with ‘Bring Your Own License’
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