In our earlier blogs, we have described Citrix products like XenApp, XenDesktop, XenServer, and, XenMobile. In continuation of our discussion on Citrix products, let us move forward and learn about NetScaler.
NetScaler is a line of products released by Citrix Systems. The products include NetScaler ADC, NetScaler Unified Gateway, NetScaler AppFirewall, NetScaler SD-WAN, and NetScaler Management & Analytics System.
In brief, NetScaler enables the apps and the cloud-based services to run five times faster by accelerating the app and service performance, offloading the database servers and the app, and security integration. With the help of NetScaler, the enterprises are able to make the cloud as their network’s transparent extension.
The organizations are able to extend their existing on-premises processes or the tooling to the cloud-based services.
A few of the most important features of the latest NetScaler version 11 includes:
NetScaler, being the industry’s web or the application delivery controller maximizes the availability and performance of all the applications and data, provide access to the application from any of the devices at remote in a secure manner.
It is deployed in the front of web and database servers. It combines almost everything on the single comprehensive platform like the high-speed load balancing, content switching, content caching, data compression, SSL acceleration, optimization of the network, application visibility, and security on the single and comprehensive platform.
The NetScaler MPX is meant for hardware-based app delivery appliances with a performance level of 500 Mbps-200 Gbps. It is best recommended for
The NetScaler SDX is meant for hardware-based appliances. It consolidates for 115 NetScaler instances managed independently with a performance up to 200 Gbps. It is best recommended to:
The NetScaler VPX is meant for the software-based virtual appliances running on the hypervisors exhibiting a performance of 10 Mbps to 100 Gbps. It is best recommended for:
The NetScaler CPX is meant for the Docker containerized load balancer. It gives support for multi-cloud and on-premise environments. It is best recommended to:
The NetScaler Cloud is meant for developing, testing, and for product delivery in the hybrid cloud environment.
The NetScaler products come with three editions namely standard, enterprise, and the platinum. The apt ones could be chosen by determining the functional needs of the physical/virtual appliance platform that meet the performance needs.
Standard Edition: It delivers the reliable application availability; features for robust performance and optimization, L4-7 load balancing in a comprehensive manner and secure remote access.
Platinum Edition: It comes with special features for security, accelerates the application capabilities, improves the management, and the visibility resources.
Enterprise Edition: It is recommended for clustering support, manages traffic in an advanced manner, delivers strong security features, extended optimizations, SSO, and more.
Source: Implementing NetScaler VPX™ By Marius Sandbu
With reference to the diagram, the content is delivered to the users in several ways. The NetScaler uses the nCore architecture. It facilitates the intelligent load balance of SSL operations. This brings the handling of SSL traffic in a faster way. It includes the following.
Intelligent load balancing of SSL chips: The nCore architecture facilitates the packet engines for load balancing the SSL operations in a more intelligent way between the available chips.
Multiple Queues: Multiple SSL operations are queued up for each chip so as to utilize the chip hardware capabilities.
SSL card optimization: It optimizes the SSL hardware performance and processes the larger RSA keys.
Scripps Health, San Diego, California is a nonprofit, private, integrated health system.
“With NetScaler Management and Analytics System, we can see issues right away and address them proactively rather than figuring out what happened after the fact”, says Rodney Sackett, Sr. Systems Engineer, Scripps Health.
By deploying NetScaler system, they are able to
In a nutshell, if we consider any of the Citrix solutions, they are empowering the business mobility. It leads to a secure workspace, provide instant access to data and communications on any of the device, apps, and the desktops over the cloud or network.
NetScaler usage is recommended on several conditions like
Look forward to our discussion on ShareFile in the forthcoming blog, very soon.
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