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Citrix Netscaler Added to Cisco Network Services Portfolio

By - Source: Cisco

Last week Cisco said that it has integrated Citrix's NetScaler application delivery controller (ADC) technology into its Unified Fabric Cloud Network Services portfolio to provide superior network service provisioning and performance. Citrix NetScaler 1000V will be sold by Cisco and its channel partners worldwide and supported by the Cisco Technical Assistance Center, the company said.

"The delivery of Citrix NetScaler 1000V brings intelligent application delivery capabilities to Cisco Cloud Network Services," Cisco said. "This unified, integrated approach represents the next evolution in ADC technology, fundamentally changing and uniquely enabling a tight integration with the Cisco network infrastructure that is unmatched by any other ADC on the market."

The joint offering provides an integrated solution, combining two technologies that will help enterprise and service provider customers deliver true cloud service automation, speeding up service deployment and simplifying networking services. A full portfolio of virtual services for the Cisco Nexus 1000V will also be available, including:

  • ASA 1000V Cloud Firewall;
  • Virtual Security Gateway virtual firewall;
  • virtual Wide Area Application Services WAN optimization solution;
  • Cisco Prime Virtual Network Analysis Module;
  • Cloud Services Router 1000V.

"As part of the Cisco and Citrix collaboration in next-generation data center and cloud architectures, the Citrix NetScaler SDX service delivery networking platform and the Citrix NetScaler MPX hardware-based line of ADCs will also attach to the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series switches in the future," Cisco said. "This capability will provide customers the benefits of higher resiliency, plug and play installation, improved agility, and increased leverage of both their switching and ADC investments."

This collaboration between Cisco and Citrix was originally outlined back in October 2012, revealing that they would expand their alliance around cloud, mobility and networking. The two companies are also collaborating on go-to-market initiatives which include the publication of Cisco Validated Design (CVD) reference documents, allowing customers to gain full leverage from Cisco’s Unified Data Center strategy.

"Both Cisco and Citrix believe that the data center is undergoing a fundamental transformation, driven by cloud, mobility and virtualization," said Sunil Potti, Vice President and General Manager, NetScaler Product Group, Citrix. "Successfully managing application workloads in these modern data centers requires a flexible, scalable, application-aware network. To help customers make this transition, Cisco and Citrix are collaborating to unify best-in-class technologies based on Citrix NetScaler and Cisco Nexus to accelerate the transformation to new network service delivery models in the Mobile-Cloud Era.”

Citrix NetScaler 1000V will be available via the normal Cisco sales and worldwide channels in Q3 of 2013. Read more here.

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