Cisco Expands Citrix Alliance, Outlines Cloud Network Services Strategy
Today, on October 17th, at the Citrix Synergy conference in Barcelona, Cisco announced an extension of its successful partnership with Citrix Systems, covering areas of collaboration, mobility, cloud and data center. As a follow-up, I’d like to share information on elements of the announcement that touch upon the network and our L4-7 services strategy for the data center and cloud.
Cisco believes the data center is undergoing a fundamental transformation, with virtualization, cloud, mobility, and new service delivery models. Cisco’s systems based approach for network and compute as well as the rich portfolio of L4-7 services and a strong ecosystems approach have contributed to the successful adoption of a unified architecture. Building on Cisco strength and market leadership in Unified Fabric and Unified Compute we are continuing to evolve our L4-L7 “Cloud Network Services” strategy as a key element of our Unified Data Center and Cloud architectures.
Cisco’s strategy for Cloud Network Services integrates WAN Optimization, Security, Application Delivery, and Network Monitoring into a seamless converged infrastructure, while bringing consistency across physical and virtual environments. The Cloud Network Services approach provides multi-service consolidation while delivering scale out, elastic instantiation, and multi-tenant operation, all with a common approach to service provisioning and management. This ecosystem friendly architecture incorporates both Cisco plus partner best-in-class application and networking services to provide maximum customer value, while providing a consistent framework across physical and virtual services, including those running on the Nexus virtual services platform.”
As part of the announcement, Cisco and Citrix intend to integrate the Citrix NetScaler application delivery controller (ADC) into Cisco “Cloud Network Services” where Cisco market leading services, such as our Virtual Security Gateway (VSG), Cisco ASA, virtual Prime Network Analysis Module (NAM), the Nexus 1000V’s own Virtual Supervisor Module (VSM), and Cisco WAAS, will seamlessly coexist with the Citrix ADC.
The Cisco-Citrix partnership delivers a best of breed approach to designing next generation, cloud-ready networks, and couples Cisco’s leadership in data center and cloud infrastructure with Citrix’s strength in application delivery controllers. Bringing these key technologies together into an integrated solution will help enterprise and service provider customers deliver true cloud service automation with deep network and application level intelligence, speeding service deployment, and simplifying networking services.
In the initial phase of the partnership, Cisco intends to immediately begin incorporating Citrix NetScaler ADC into our solution portfolio and validated designs. This will include high-performance NetScaler MPX appliances, multi-tenant NetScaler SDX platforms, and software-based NetScaler VPX virtual appliances. Cisco will also continue to support and provide feature releases on our existing ACE product line to provide customers maximum flexibility based on their unique needs in application delivery, and deployment lifecycles
Together, Cisco and Citrix will enable Cisco customers to accelerate the transformation to mobile, cloud, virtualization and new network service delivery models. The two companies also plan to collaborate on go-to-market initiatives, including joint account engagement and the publication of Cisco Validated Design (CVD) reference documents, to assist customers to fully leverage Cisco’s Cloud Network Services.