In today’s world you can tag the term Software-defined to probably anything one can imagine. We all know Software-defined networking (SDN) has really exploded in the last year within the enterprise and it clearly shows why with the recent twitter post by Cisco’s CEO, Chuck Robbins.

First, Congratulations to Chuck Robbins and the entire Cisco team for reaching 1000 ACI customers! This is milestone in the making and we at Citrix NetScaler look forward to our continued partnership. Cisco’s Application-Centric Infrastructure (ACI) allows end-users to reduce total costs of ownership, automate IT tasks, and accelerate data center app deployments. Cisco has been the network infrastructure leader for many years and judging by this announcement the momentum does not appear to be slowing down.

You can read about the announcement in a recent Cisco Blog posted by Cisco’s SVP, Marketing (Insieme BU), Soni Jiandani.

So, how does NetScaler fit into the discussion?

As part of this common vision, Citrix and Cisco are committed to delivering solutions that enable you to incrementally transform to truly automated and programmable networks. Citrix and Cisco believe that this process will allow you to leverage existing infrastructure investments while moving towards new elastic automated network infrastructures as represented by Cisco’s ACI.

Citrix and Cisco are partnering closely, with integrated products that deliver on a common vision of the Application Centric Infrastructure.  

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. NetScaler leverages the Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) to programmatically automate network provisioning and control based on application requirements and policies for both datacenter and enterprise environments.

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To achieve this goal, Citrix and Cisco have jointly integrated NetScaler’s application delivery controller (ADC), with award winning Tri-Scale technology, as a strategic component of the Cisco datacenter and unified fabric solutions. This approach includes the Cisco OEM product, NetScaler 1000V, and integration of the NetScaler ADC with Cisco Nexus 7000 and 9000 switches. By coupling Cisco’s leadership in the data center with Citrix’s strength in application delivery, this partnership delivers a best-in-class approach to the design of next-generation, cloud-ready networks.

Together, we are delivering end-users with technology that enables a Software-defined world.

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