Citrix Systems, looking to compete in an increasingly crowed cloud and virtualization marketplace, has now introduced its NetScaler Cloud Gateway technology, slated for a Q3 release in 2011.
The idea behind NetScaler Cloud is to give IT admins greater control over their SaaS applications, Web apps and Windows apps by providing a single point of access and utility. This, in combination with the Citrix Receiver, will deliver a native look and feel for apps when employees use them, and address the problem of “technology silos” that have always been an issue for large companies.
According to Mark Templeton, CEO of Citrix, the new NetScaler is described as a “single front door” allowing controlled access to a company’s private cloud. This gives businesses the chance to aggregate and organize their services by having them in a single, comprehensive center.
The plan is to have NetScaler Cloud have an upgrade path that existing NetScale clients can use in order to take advantage of its new functionality. It will synchronize Citrix Receiver icons across devices, and comes in three separate forms depending on the needs of clients. NetScaler Cloud is intended to be an answer to the Horizon App Manager; a similar management option that competitor VMware recently released.
In addition, the company has also announced NetScaler Cloud Bridge, giving control over the other end of the cloud house – the back door. With the Bridge, companies will be able to manage the connection between public and private clouds using an encrypted tunnel, allowing data to be moved securely when needed.
The goal for Citrix is to bring public cloud functionality to private clouds, and they aim to do so by developing a versatile fabric that can incorporate both cloud types.