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November 28, 2013

NetScaler for XenApp & XenDesktop. So much more than a CAG.

During my time in distribution, we sold hundreds of Citrix Access Gateway (CAG) appliances and for good reason. In the vast majority of projects that I worked on, CAG was chosen as a means of increasing the security of remote access to XenApp and XenDesktop environments which, when used with CAG Universal licences, allows granular access…
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July 12, 2013

Why BlueCat won Best of Synergy 2013

I'd argue that BlueCat Networks won the best of Synergy award as they are all about foundations. According to Wikipedia, ‘A foundation is the lowest and supporting part of a structure’. For example, the pyramids in Egypt are not built on sand. The foundations of these extraordinary structures are based…
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May 21, 2013

NetScaler 10.1 (a)head in the clouds

So the long awaited NetScaler 10.1 release has finally been announced by Citrix on the eve of Synergy today with the new features focusing on network traffic visibility, mobility and cloud elasticity. Here’s an overview of the key messaging. First up, the analytic tool NetScaler Insight Center (Insight 2.0) has…
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May 8, 2013

NetScaler MPX 22000 series launches at Interop

Amazing what you can do with 3½ inches these days. My index fingers are about 3½ inches and to put that into perspective I’ve just measured my iPhone and it’s 4½ inches – almost 30% larger. Why is this relevant? Because in rack terms, 3½ inches is 2U and that’s…
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October 21, 2012

Beginners guide to Software Defined Networking (SDN)

One of the hot topics at IP Expo London this year has been the rise of SDN, an emerging architecture that’s got the potential to deliver a huge paradigm shift in the industry but what’s it all about and why does it matter? The problem with current network architecture is…
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September 26, 2012

TriScale Scale In – An introduction to NetScaler SDX

One of 3 posts looking at the NetScaler TriScale messaging – Scale In (SDX only) If you’re not familiar with the difference between MPX & SDX very simply MPX offers a single NetScaler in a physical appliance. SDX offers multiple NetScalers in a single physical appliance. As organisations grow and look to support…
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September 26, 2012

Up, in and out….Scale Out

SDX appliances now support clustering with 10.1 release. In the other ‘Up, In & Out’posts I’ve covered Scale Up and Scale In as part of NetScaler TriScale. Here’s an overview Scale Outwhich is available with a Cluster Licence on the MPX & VPX appliances. Scaling upMPX appliances has its limitations due to the actual hardware. Once an MPX7500 (1GB) has been upgraded…
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September 24, 2012

NetScaler TriScale – Up, in and out…. Scale Up

In this post I’m looking at the messaging around NetScaler TriScale and more importantly if the marketing team at Citrix have just come up with a catchy tag line or if there’s any serious use cases… As the name suggests, TriScale offers three methods of scaleability for organisations that have…