Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce once famously said, “If someone asks me what cloud computing is, I try not to get bogged down with definitions. I tell them that, simply put, cloud computing is a better way to run your business.”
More and more businesses are adopting cloud computing technologies to take advantage of benefits, such as increased efficiency, cost effectiveness, scalability, and reliability. One such company is Aria Systems, a software company that helps enterprises grow their recurring revenue businesses with an agile billing system that maximizes customer satisfaction and retention. Many Fortune 500 companies rely on Aria’s cloud-based monetization platform, which goes beyond basic billing to manage recurring revenue over the lifetime of the customer relationship.
Recently, Aria implemented a migration of their application and web server workloads from its on-premises global data centers (US, EMEA and APAC) to a public cloud environment, Amazon Web Services (AWS) public cloud. An important requirement was to carry out the move in a way that was completely transparent to the application users. Equally important was the fact that the user experience with these applications needed to be just as awesome as before.
Aria Systems considers Citrix NetScaler to be the linchpin of its application infrastructure. Existing on-premises data centers included NetScaler VPX virtual application delivery controllers at multiple locations. With the move to the cloud, Aria took advantage of AWS CloudFormation templates to provision NetScaler VPX instances in the AWS cloud. This significantly reduced the number of steps for setup and configuration.
Other aspects of NetScaler also ensured a smooth migration. One example is Citrix NetScaler’s software-first approach that seamlessly provides load balancing, security, and acceleration for applications across any form factor-physical or virtual. NetScaler’s Pooled Capacity licensing allowed Aria to share NetScaler bandwidth capacity across all NetScaler form factors and enable the seamless transition to cloud infrastructure. Lastly, Citrix NetScaler technology uses the same code base across hardware, virtual, and container environments for a flexible, consistent, easy-to-manage solution. Therefore, NetScaler features such as the integrated application firewall for application security and the advanced L4-7 load balancing that Aria considered as business critical continued to work just as well in the cloud as they did on-premises.
Geoffrey Knaak, Senior Systems Administrator at Aria, states “Our ability to scale is now instantaneous. Citrix NetScaler’s synergy with AWS public cloud helped us set up our application delivery infrastructure within minutes as opposed to days!”
Don’t just take our word for it. Give it a try!
Go ahead. We know you want to do it. Kick the tires and experience how great NetScaler on AWS really is!
- Download and try out NetScaler VPX Express from AWS Marketplace.
- Read the Validated Reference Design (VRD).
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