Today’s networking model is complex and can be difficult to provision and troubleshoot for security, path optimization, QoS, and policy compliance.  A distinct problem is implementing and maintaining network settings across multiple devices in a campus or WAN network.  At best, the settings are static and time consuming to implement; at worst, manually implemented, error-prone and poorly managed, or just not feasible.  Is there a better way for network engineers to manage their network infrastructure?

At Cisco Live Milan (Jan 2014), Citrix and Cisco teamed up to demonstrate dynamic provisioning of QoS settings across multiple Cisco campus and WAN devices.  Upon recognizing a VDI traffic flow needing higher QoS prioritization, the Citrix NetScaler ADC communicated to the new Cisco ACI Application Policy Infrastructure Controller’s (APIC) Enterprise Module using the APIC EM’s REST-based APIs.  In response the APIC EM pushed new QoS settings to the network devices carrying that specific traffic.  Not only were the QoS settings provisioned automatically, it was done on a per session basis, something that is impossible with normal network management tools. The result – an improved VDI end user experience.  To see the demo, click on this Cisco TechWise TV video and jump to 18:20 on the timeline.

In addition to QoS settings, the Cisco APIC EM controller can dynamically maintain ACL and Multi-path route settings across an entire WAN and campus network.  Citrix NetScaler leverages the APIC EM APIs to deliver the best application experience possible, automatically.

In the DevNet Zone at Cisco Live San Francisco (May 19-22), Citrix and Cisco will demonstrate additional API-based integration between Citrix solutions and the Cisco APIC Enterprise Module.  Citrix techs will show you how to simplify and automate the WAN and Access portions of your network, especially around user identity, policy compliance, QoS, and other network gateway issues.  In addition, we will explore how you can take advantage of the latest from Citrix and Cisco to drive automation for provisioning and maintaining your network in a faster simpler way.

Citrix invites you to come to the Citrix developers pod at DevNet and we will take you through the Citrix vision for integration between Citrix solutions and Cisco’s APIC Enterprise Module to deliver apps and data with the best performance and reliability. 

We look forward to seeing you there and helping your network automation ideas come alive!