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New Citrix NetScaler MPX Slashes Datacenter Costs by Delivering Twice as Many Web Applications with Same Infrastructure Footprint
Citrix Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:CTXS), the global leader in application delivery infrastructure, today announced its new NetScaler MPX line of web application delivery systems. The new NetScaler solutions feature a massively parallel multi-core system architecture that significantly increases datacenter capacity and delivers 2.5 times more web applications with the same infrastructure footprint. Citrix® NetScaler® MPX also provides unmatched performance when delivering applications that demand the highest security and best end-user experience.

Todays web applications are straining traditional load balancers and rigidly-constructed datacenters with the integration of rich media capabilities, service oriented architectures (SOA) and interactive Web 2.0 capabilities. These applications are significantly more complex and resource intensive, yet they must still be delivered with the fastest performance, best security and lowest cost. NetScaler MPX is the industrys first web application delivery controller to drive greater than ten gigabits per second (Gbps) of real world application performance while concurrently providing advanced acceleration, traffic compression, and integrated web application firewall security all in an energy-smart appliance form factor.

As an integral component of the Citrix Delivery Center product family, NetScaler MPX also enables the push toward dynamic datacenters that can more easily adapt to the needs of todays increasingly complex web applications. As part of this end-to-end solution architecture, NetScaler MPX provides sophisticated workflow virtualization that senses changes in application demand and automatically invokes the necessary application and server resources to meet dynamic workloads. This unique capability provides a fundamental building block of the new dynamic datacenter by offering the necessary scalability and virtualization capabilities needed to cost effectively deliver both enterprise and Internet-facing web applications.

With its high-performance architecture, NetScaler MPX relieves key customer pain points in large, dynamic datacenters, including the challenge of reducing power consumption while managing traffic loads that are beginning to cross the 10 Gbps threshold, said Cindy Borovick, Research Vice President for IDCs Datacenter Networks service.

NetScaler MPX appliances are designed for the next class of dynamic datacenters, and incorporate advanced capabilities, including:

  • Delivers 2.5 times More Web Applications: The ultra-fast performance of NetScaler MPX enables datacenters to support 2.5 times the number of web applications per appliance. In addition, the massive application-layer processing capacity of the MPX system architecture drives multi-gigabit acceleration, traffic compression and application firewall performance to provide the industrys most scalable platform enabling real-time data protection and compliance with strict new Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) regulations going into effect in June of 2008.
  • Reduces Power Consumption for Green Datacenters: The highly efficient design of the NetScaler MPX platform drives far lower power consumption for web application delivery. Compared with previous generation appliances, MPX solutions require nearly 50 percent less power. With power being a principal cost factor for companies of all sizes, NetScaler MPX can help organizations achieve more efficient datacenters while also meeting corporate-mandated energy efficiency, or green, initiatives.
  • Provides Dynamic Workload Virtualization: NetScaler also integrates with Citrix XenServer to automatically provision and allocate server resources to meet shifting web application capacity requirements. As a result, datacenter managers no longer have to overprovision separate and discrete server infrastructures to accommodate unexpected traffic loads for every application. Automatic provisioning with NetScaler MPX enables expensive server resources to be shared across critical applications for maximum flexibility and lower costs.

As applications become more dynamic, so must the network and datacenters that support these resource-intensive applications, said Klaus Oestermann, vice president and general manager, Application Networking Group for Citrix Systems. NetScaler MPX solutions provide the critical set of application delivery and infrastructure virtualization services necessary to transform static datacenters into dynamic delivery centers.

Pricing and Availability

Citrix NetScaler MPX 15000 and MPX 17000 are available this month through authorized Citrix NetScaler resellers worldwide. NetScaler MPX suggested retail pricing begins at $180,000 per pair.

Published Monday, April 28, 2008 6:43 PM by David Marshall
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