Citrix NetScaler 9 Cuts Data Center Costs in Half for Delivery of Enterprise Web Applications
Powerful Expert-in-a-box Templates Cut Deployment Time for Web Applications from Days to Minutes
SANTA CLARA, Ca. - Citrix Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:CTXS), the global leader in application delivery infrastructure, today announced Citrix® NetScaler® 9, the industry’s most advanced solution for radically improving the efficiency and TCO of web-based applications. As web applications multiply across corporate datacenters, most companies waste an estimated 50 percent of the cost of running these applications due to highly inefficient use of server and network resources. Eliminating this unnecessary overhead has been largely impractical in the past because the inefficiencies of each unique web application are simply too complex and dynamic for network and server teams to understand without deep application-level knowledge. NetScaler 9 eliminates this tradeoff by combining the industry’s most advanced optimization technology with powerful new application intelligence that automatically recommends the optimal configuration for each unique web application. As a result, NetScaler 9 can reduce the cost of delivering enterprise web applications by up to 50 percent – running applications like Microsoft® Office® SharePoint® Server 2007, Oracle® E-Business Suite and SAP® solutions, without requiring any of their existing networking or server infrastructure teams to become application experts.
“SAP is dedicated to working with partners like Citrix to simplify IT for customers,” said Joerg Nalik, Ph.D., Director, Infrastructure Technologies, SAP Labs. “Citrix recently tested NetScaler 9 at the SAP Co-Innovation Lab in Palo Alto. NetScaler AppExpert Templates and the AppExpert Visualizer demonstrably simplified configuration and provided the built-in intelligence needed to fully realize the acceleration, security and server offload benefits Citrix NetScaler delivers.”
“Previous testing of Citrix NetScaler and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 has proved that NetScaler, by accelerating WAN traffic and almost eliminating delivery overhead, can accelerate SharePoint performance by up to 500 percent, most notably for users accessing SharePoint over WAN links or across the Internet,” said Owen Allen, Sr. Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation. “Capabilities like the NetScaler 9 AppExpert Template for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 make it easy for IT organizations to implement an optimized solution.”
See end of release for additional comments of support for NetScaler 9 from Net One Systems and True Internet.
Initial Deployment: Deploy Enterprise Web Applications in 30 Minutes or Less
NetScaler 9 introduces AppExpert Templates that capture hundreds of deployment details so that web application optimizations can be applied immediately, without any manual intervention. With AppExpert Templates, network managers no longer need to master the intricacies of each application in order to realize the performance, offload, security and availability benefits during application production operations. The AppExpert Visualizer dynamically builds and displays an end-to-end view of the application delivery deployment. With the AppExpert Visualizer, IT managers get a comprehensive view of run-time health and status with ‘at-a-glance’ simplicity, improving IT staff productivity and reducing the time needed to identify problems or errors within the infrastructure or application. Enterprise IT managers can overcome the inefficiency of their web delivery infrastructure and deploy enterprise applications within minutes, cutting data center costs in half and accelerating application performance by up to five times.
“As web applications become ever more complex, IT managers struggle to get the most out of their network and server infrastructure,” said Cindy Borovick, Research Vice President for IDC’s datacenter networks service. “The new NetScaler 9 enables IT teams to quickly and easily tap powerful server offload, acceleration and security capabilities. This is an important features set that saves time while bridging the knowledge of the application for network managers.”
“SAP solutions and SharePoint will be significant components of our technology infrastructure in the future,” said Martin Gibbins, Director, IT Technical Services, AmeriGas Propane, Inc. “NetScaler and AppExpert Templates, will allow us to immediately realize significant application server offload, acceleration and security benefits, enabling us to keep costs down and simplify our infrastructure while improving our user’s experience.”
Ongoing Production: Cut Server Infrastructure and Security Costs
NetScaler 9 includes new AppExpert Rate Controls that allow IT Managers to ensure SLA’s for different classes of users. Legitimate application users can be assured of access to applications while traffic from spiders, web scrapers and botnets can be throttled back or redirected appropriately. The AppExpert Rate Controls free up IT organizations from having to over-provision the network and server infrastructure to ensure adequate service levels, bringing about a reduction in server infrastructure.
NetScaler 9 integrates powerful XML security, extending the proven ICSA-certified web application firewall to protect next-generation Web 2.0 and SOA-based applications. With the integrated XML Security in NetScaler 9, IT organizations can use in-place infrastructure to protect applications from hacker attacks and meet compliance directives, minimizing the need to deploy point XML security products or rewrite the applications themselves.
Change Management: Cut Cost and Complexity as Applications Extend and Evolve
NetScaler 9 reduces the cost of managing change and extensions to currently deployed web applications, leading to increased ease-of-use and customer satisfaction. New AppExpert Service Callouts integrate logic from external applications into NetScaler policy decisions, enabling the entire network to be more adaptive, intelligent and responsive. For example, before forwarding a client request to an application, NetScaler can query an external database of blacklisted IP addresses to determine whether the request is from a known illegitimate site or user.
URLs in modern applications are no longer static links to static pages, but are addresses to dynamic application services critical to running business. When published URLs change, the ‘ripple effect’ of these changes can cause issues with other applications and user satisfaction may take a hit. NetScaler 9 adds advanced URL rewriting to make application changes completely transparent to other applications and users, while obfuscating sensitive internal details to mitigate hacker attack.
“Customers are extremely excited about the ease-of-use features NetScaler 9 offers, which cuts implementation of web app optimization from days to minutes, saving budget dollars and lowering the bar for whomever can implement these advanced solutions. NetScaler AppExpert Templates can be deployed in 30 minutes or less, making it simpler to realize the 50 percent reduction in data center costs that NetScaler brings.” said Klaus Oestermann, Vice President and General Manager, Application Networking Group at Citrix Systems. “As web applications become ever more complex and budgets become stringent, IT managers struggle to get the most value out of their application delivery infrastructure. NetScaler improves efficiency and offers additional cost savings which IT departments need in today’s tight economy.”
A key component of the Citrix Delivery Center™ product family, NetScaler 9, whether used alone or in conjunction with the other components of the Delivery Center, dynamically adapts data centers to the complex needs of Web 2.0, SOA and other modern web applications. The new NetScaler 9 release is being featured on December 4, 2008 as part of a global, online launch event called Citrix Delivery Center Live!: Turbocharge your Datacenter. This virtual event delivers everything normally found in an in-person event, but without the expense and hassle. This event will provide an in-depth look at the newest versions of Citrix XenServer™, Citrix® NetScaler® and Citrix XenDesktop™ and show how they can simplify IT to dramatically reduce TCO and accelerate business.
Pricing and Availability
NetScaler 9 will be available to NetScaler customers with a valid maintenance agreement on November 26, 2008.
For additional illustrations and a quick four-minute demonstration of AppExpert Templates, please visit: http://community.citrix.com/display/ns/AppExpertTemplates.
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