Citrix NetScaler, a full-fledged application delivery controller (ADC) has recently introduced a new, lighter version of itself.

Made to fit in small-scale cloud applications and container-style deployments, the new CPX is a micro-form of NetScaler.

The CPX is lightweight and is easier to place into production than the traditional ADC.  Development teams can customize and configure the exact product which will go live, and will be able to gain new confidence as it’ll work as intended.  Because CPX is built from the same code and management API as the existing NetScaler ADC, it alone improves your operational efficiency; no retrofitting or changes needed to any homegrown and acquired management tools.

So, what functions are supported in the new CPX?  The initial preview-version brings our two most popular features: L4 & L7 load balancing, and SSL encryption. The final product, out later this year, will support for the complete NetScaler feature set.

The dynamic scale of today’s cloud-based services, with the need to reduce the time to add new services while accommodating a yet-shorter product lifecycle, makes the CPX a perfect fit in this new paradigm. This new product builds on industry leading standards like docker containers and XML/JSON web-based API’s, making it both a minimum need for new resources while also being the most secure.

Since this product is designed to work with other NetScaler form-factors, I can see scenarios that use different versions for entirely different purposes. For example, a front-end service will need the hardware-based SSL performance and granular multi-tenancy protections of the NetScaler SDX, while back-end applications use the container based product that ensures accessibility to resources in high demand.

The limited edition of the CPX mentioned earlier runs through Q1 of 2016, and the production launch is expected near the middle of the year. Reach out to your Citrix sales team if interested to try the new fine-grained light-weight edition of NetScaler in the growing container-based cloud environment.