Choosing the right platform and edition options

Hardware-based app delivery appliances

Performance: 500 Mbps–200 Gbps

Best for

  • Managing web applications with multiple gigabits of traffic
  • Load balancing for small enterprises
  • Ultra high performance web application security
  • Flex tenancy

Hardware-based appliances with virtualization to consolidate up to 115 independently-managed NetScaler instances

Performance: Up to 200 Gbps

Best for

  • Consolidating multiple physical load balancers
  • Providing flexible multi-tenancy
  • Service providers requiring fully isolated tenants
  • Simplifying application rollouts from staging and dev environments

Software-based virtual appliances that run on widely deployed hypervisors

Performance: 10 Mbps–100 Gbps

Best for

  • Architecting hybrid cloud infrastructures
  • Cloud native application load balancing for public cloud environements
  • Replace hardware based load balancers
  • Utilizing NetScaler within non-production environments
  • Architecting scalable multi-tenant infrastructures
  • Attractive application delivery options for telco, enterprises and small businesses

Docker containerized load balancer that can be supported on-premise and in multi-cloud environments

Best for

  • Supporting containerized applications
  • Migrating to a microservices architecture
  • Providing developers and DevOps teams with load balancing early in the app development cycle

Citrix NetScaler CPX Express

NetScaler CPX Express is the free developer version that supports up to 20 Mbps and 250 SSL connections. CPX Express supports most of the CPX feature set, except TCP optimization and L7 DDoS.

Full suite of NetScaler capabilities in a hybrid cloud environment for development, testing, and production delivery.

NetScaler on Microsoft Azure

Specs

  • Requires A2 Standard instance with 2 cores and 3.5 GB RAM, or A3 Standard instance with 4 cores and 7 GB RAM
  • Available via Azure Marketplace with Bring Your Own License

NetScaler on SoftLayer

NetScaler VPX and MPX models are available on SoftLayer.  To get started, please log in to your SoftLayer account and follow the steps outlined in the following video.

NetScaler editions  

Standard Edition

Delivers reliable application availability, comprehensive L4-7 load balancing, robust performance optimization features, and secure remote access.

Enterprise Edition

Adds advanced traffic management, clustering support, stronger security features, extended optimizations, SSO, and more.

Platinum Edition

Encompasses powerful security features, expanded application acceleration capabilities, and enhanced management and visibility resources.

Standard Option

* An AppCache license is required for several front-end optimization features

Feature Platinum
Edition
Enterprise
Edition
Standard
Edition
NetScaler
Gateway
*Universal
License
L4 load balancing and L7 content switching    
Microsoft SQL, MYSQL    
AppExpert rate controls    
IPv6 support    
Traffic domains    
Subscriber-aware traffic steering    
Global server load balancing (GSLB)    
Carrier-Grade Network Address Translation (CGNAT)      
Dynamic routing protocols      
Surge protection and priority queuing      
TriScale Clustering      

Standard Option

* An AppCache license is required for several front-end optimization features

Feature Platinum
Edition
Enterprise
Edition
Standard
Edition
NetScaler
Gateway
*Universal
License
Application acceleration
Client and server TCP optimizations    
AppCompress    
AppCache      

Standard Option

* An AppCache license is required for several front-end optimization features

Feature Platinum
Edition
Enterprise
Edition
Standard
Edition
NetScaler
Gateway
*Universal
License
Application security
L4 DoS defenses    
L7 DoS defenses    
L7 rewrite and responder    
XenMobile NetScaler connector      
AAA for traffic management      
NetScaler AppFirewall with XML security      
IP Reputation      
nFactor authentication    
NetScaler Cloud connector        

* An AppCache license is required for several front-end optimization features

Feature Platinum
Edition
Enterprise
Edition
Standard
Edition
NetScaler
Gateway
*Universal
License
Front-end optimization*
Content layout      
Domain sharding      
Image optimization      
Style sheets and JavaScript optimization      

* An AppCache license is required for several front-end optimization features

Feature Platinum
Edition
Enterprise
Edition
Standard
Edition
NetScaler
Gateway
*Universal
License
Multi-path TCP    
BIC and cubic TCP    

* Starting 11.1, Universal license is required on top of NetScaler (Enterprise, Standard) or a Gateway (AGEE) license. NetScaler Platinum edition does not have any Universal License requirements.

** Platinum Edition license is required for historical analy tical data. Enterprise Edition only provides real-time data.

Feature Platinum
Edition
Enterprise
Edition
Standard
Edition
NetScaler
Gateway
*Universal
License
NetScaler Insight Center-Web Insight    
NetScaler Insight Center-HDX Insight**      
AppExpert visual policy builder    
ActionAnalytics    
AppExpert service callouts, templates and visualizers    
Role-based administration and AAA for administration    
Configuration wizards    
Native Citrix web interface    
Comtrade Management Pack for NetScaler        
Citrix command center    

* Starting 11.1, Universal license is required on top of NetScaler (Enterprise, Standard) or a Gateway (AGEE) license. NetScaler Platinum edition does not have any Universal License requirements.

Feature Platinum
Edition
Enterprise
Edition
Standard
Edition
NetScaler
Gateway
*Universal
License
Federated Identity      
One URL/SSO using SAML 2.0      
Centralized Policy Management (SmartControl)      
Stateless RDP proxy    
Cluster for IC A proxy (Striped)      
Monitoring of XenApp/XenDesktop traffic (Real time)      
Monitoring of XenApp/XenDesktop traffic (Historical)        
Monitoring of Gateway traffic (Real time)      
Monitoring of Gateway traffic (Historical)        

* Starting 11.1, Universal license is required on top of NetScaler (Enterprise, Standard) or a Gateway (AGEE) license. NetScaler Platinum edition does not have any Universal License requirements.

Feature Platinum
Edition
Enterprise
Edition
Standard
Edition
NetScaler
Gateway
*Universal
License
NetScaler Gateway
Broad client support for plugins
Customizable web portal
SSL VPN remote access
IC A proxy to XenApp and XenDesktop  
Contextual policies for XenApp/XenDesktop (Smart Access)
End Point Analysis
Secure browser-only access (CVPN)
Always-On  
Integration with StoreFront  

New in the latest release

Featured blog: NetScaler VPX hits a new 100 Gbps high!

You read that correctly. 100 gigabits per second. Fully virtualized. Full-function. Full-featured ADC (Application Delivery Controller). Running our standard unmodified performance benchmark. I could go off here on certain vendors’ love for tuning benchmarks, instead of products, to meet performance bars. But let me save that for another day.

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New in release 11

  • Enhanced SSL Profile capabilities and settings
  • Support for FTP load balancing in admin partitions
  • Support for configuring a proxy server to install licenses

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