This end-to-end service delivery fabric enables enterprises and internet app and content providers alike to apply a new class of transparent, and easy to deploy, hybrid networking solutions for web, SaaS and mobile applications at the Internet's "last mile". NetScaler CloudConnectors are the first solutions in the industry to knit on-premise and off-premise capabilities into a seamless fabric delivering two to three times better optimizations than standalone solutions. Citrix also introduced new updates to Citrix CloudBridge, a solution that sits at the "back door" of enterprise data centres, making it easy for them to connect to extra capacity in the Cloud in the most secure, optimized way possible.
As the industry transitions from the PC Era to the Cloud Era, today's modern enterprise is extending its in-house applications to add support for a myriad of SaaS, Cloud and mobile services that are extremely dynamic and provide a rich, highly interactive and highly personalized user experience. In the Cloud Era, even the desktop itself is virtualized, and services are delivered from off-premise Cloud data centres, over the internet, to a diverse set of devices that are chosen by the user. In this new era, IT infrastructure must provide a new class of service delivery capabilities that apply traditional application delivery acceleration, security and availability options to any Cloud service, delivered from any Cloud, to any user. NetScaler CloudConnectors define the new class of hybrid solutions that will be the norm for Cloud service delivery in years to come.
Citrix also unveiled the first of its new connectors, the NetScaler CloudConnector for CDN. This offering will provide a hybrid solution that optimizes network links between the data centre, and the Internet's "last mile". NetScaler CloudConnector for CDN is offered alongside services offered by Cotendo, a provider of advanced Cloud acceleration and Cloud delivery network (CDN) services. The combination of NetScaler and the Cotendo CDN service, working in close alignment, will accelerate the delivery of static and dynamic content by up to five times, while reducing network bandwidth requirements by up to 95 percent - all while preserving end-to-end security.
NetScaler CloudConnector for CDN offers the following benefits:
Citrix also showcased enhancements to Citrix CloudBridge, making it even easier for enterprise customers to tap into extra capacity in the Cloud in a secure, optimized fashion. New enhancements to CloudBridge include:
Mark Fabbi, Vice President, Distinguished Analyst, Gartner Research, stated:"To fully optimize the delivery of web, mobile and SaaS applications to customers and employees, enterprise IT organisations must look beyond the four walls of the data center. Hybrid networking solutions combining on-premise footprints with off-premise services will emerge as a key component of any enterprise service delivery toolkit."
Sunil Potti, Vice President and General Manager, Cloud Networking Platforms Group, Citrix, stated: "As our customers transition to the Cloud era and leverage services globally across a multitude of devices, their demands on traditional application delivery have dramatically changed. To meet these new needs, we are happy to announce a game-changing addition of our new NetScaler CloudConnectors. This new solution creates a 'service delivery fabric' from the data centre to the user edge that will deliver five to ten times faster user experiences for web, SaaS, mobile services and desktop delivery. We expect NetScaler CloudConnectors to herald in a new class of "hybrid" Cloud networking offerings that will become the norm in years to come."
Ronni Zehavi, CEO, Cotendo, stated: "The ability to provide end-to-end acceleration between the end user and the data centre is a critical step in enabling Enterprises to deliver on the promise of providing employees, partners and other users with a consistent, secure and rewarding experience. Our innovative relationship with Citrix has led to a hybrid network solution which eliminates the silos that exist today between traditional CDNs, advanced Cloud-based acceleration services and on-premise application delivery infrastructure. This unique approach brings content providers and large Enterprises a solution that removes the complexity faced by IT departments while expanding the value of their applications and helping to significantly reduce capital expenditures as well as operational expenditures."
NetScaler CloudConnector for CDN will be available in November 2011. Available as a hybrid solution, NetScaler CloudConnector for CDN requires two components:
Additional NetScaler CloudConnectors for optimizing HDX and for hybrid security solutions will be available in 2012.