Citrix Virtualizes Its NetScaler App Server

 
 
By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-05-05 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

In the past, the NetScaler physical appliance has been deployed to house large-scale Web applications -- such as those used for financial services and scientifics -- and needed purpose-built equipment that required specialized networking expertise to deploy and manage. With the new NetScaler VPX software, this functionality is now available to users in a form that can be downloaded from the Web and run on any standard x86-based server.

Virtualization software provider Citrix Systems on May 5 launched a new virtual version of its NetScaler MPX hardware server appliance, called NetScaler VPX.

The company made the announcement at its Synergy 2009 conference in Las Vegas.

In the past, the NetScaler physical server has been deployed to house large-scale Web applications-such as those used for financial services and scientifics-and needed purpose-built equipment that required specialized networking expertise to deploy and manage.

With the new NetScaler VPX software, this functionality is now available to users in a much easier-to-use, low-cost form that can be downloaded from the Web and run on any standard x86-based server.

Virtualizing the NetScaler platform opens up a wide range of new dynamic, on-demand deployment options, for both enterprise customers and cloud service providers, Wes Wasson, Citrix's senior vice president and chief marketing officer, told eWEEK.

"This does a couple of things: It makes it more accessible, you can run smaller applications, you can do multitenancy, and it's less expensive," Wasson said. "Essentially, you can now do all the things that traditional networking guys who use big proprietary hardware-backplane kinds of environments are doing. It just doesn't seem like that's the way the world is going.

"It [VPX] also helps create a very dynamic, Web-delivery fabric, where you've got hardware NetScaler systems running up front, and VPXes running in a SAN storage environment that are connected with the application workload, as demand goes up and down. This is going to break open a lot of new ground here."

Software-based application delivery controllers (known as "soft ADCs") such as VPX are becoming a trend of sorts. SoftADCs make it easier for IT organizations to apply established application deployment processes for tasks such as provisioning, charge-back and automation to their application delivery infrastructure.

"SoftADCs will be an important component of the ADC market, serving customers from small to midsize enterprises, where price is critical, to large enterprise and cloud data centers, where flexibility and agility are paramount," said Gartner Research Vice President Joe Skorupa. "By 2013, softADCs will account for nearly one-third of all ADC units shipped."

NetScaler VPX will be available for public tech preview on May 18 and can be downloaded here.

NetScaler VPX will be available for general commercial purchase in the third quarter of 2009. Pricing for the new VPX versions of these appliances is not being announced at this time, Citrix said.



 
 
 
 
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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