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Citrix Improves the Economics of Managing Mobile Traffic
The nature of the mobile network has changed significantly with the rapid growth of mobile traffic, specifically the rise of encrypted mobile video and content, and the build-out of LTE and LTE-advanced networks. This shift has been highly disruptive for service providers struggling to achieve the best total cost of ownership (TCO) from the strategic platforms within their infrastructure. Service providers need platforms that readily adapt to dynamic traffic trends and, help them deliver highly efficient and profitable services that can maximize the yield of their LTE networks. Service providers require leading-edge technology focused on improving the subscriber experience, which today largely means the availability of higher quality media content with less video stalling. The mobile video experience is fast becoming a key enabler to attracting and retaining mobile subscribers.

Today, Citrix announced the availability of the new NetScaler T1000 series which integrates proven ByteMobile optimization technology with the highly scalable, higher performance NetScaler platform architecture. This innovative Citrix solution vastly improves the economics of mobile traffic handling. The NetScaler T1000 offers service providers the industry’s leading price-performance platform that combines optimization technology for enhanced mobile subscriber experience with ADC technology for improved network efficiency. The software-first foundation that powers the Citrix Networking portfolio helps customers protect and future-proof their technology investments as the NetScaler platform can be easily updated to address new technologies and industry trends for the secure delivery of applications and data.

The Evolution of Traffic

To ensure future success, service providers need a platform that can easily scale out to meet the continued explosive rapid growth of mobile traffic - specifically the rise of encrypted mobile video and content. According to the 2016 Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast, mobile video will grow at a CAGR of 62 percent between 2015 and 2020 with three-fourths (75 percent) of the world’s mobile data traffic consisting of video traffic by 2020.

Service providers need a solution that directly addresses the evolution of this traffic. Mobile video presently places the most stress on the mobile network yet its delivery serves as a key differentiator within the highly competitive mobile service provider marketplace. The optimization of this traffic becomes even more essential to meet the demands to improve network efficiency and enhance user experience – providing higher quality videos with less stalling to ultimately enhance subscriber quality of experience (QoE). Service providers are also seeking a platform that can dynamically and efficiently steer traffic through the most efficient service paths, directly determined by the subscribers’ needs. This helps reduce latency, improve speed and preserve functionality. Perhaps most importantly however, this can greatly reduce the costs to the service provider in delivering new services. The NetScaler T1000 platform combines subscriber-aware steering, load balancing, CGNAT and unique traffic identification and optimization technology - all in one single platform.

NetScaler is the only platform that can: scale at a dramatically lower cost per unit of capacity; provide the fluidity to evolve different elements of a network at different rates; and be leveraged seamlessly across physical, hybrid and fully virtualized and containerized implementations to assist the migration to NFV.

As the leader in the application virtualization and delivery markets, Citrix introduces this new enhanced platform which includes: a flexible architecture to manage different types of traffic; increased capacity which enables operational agility and flexibility; enhanced IT efficiencies through higher infrastructure utilization and consolidation ratios; and lower TCO of datacenter and network operations.

Additional benefits of the NetScaler T1000 for service providers include providing the ability to:

  • Consolidate multiple functions on a single platform – Allows operators to simplify S/Gi-LAN deployment and reduce complexity and inefficiency. The most impactful consolidated scenario is that of carrier-grade network address translation (CGNAT), data-plane load balancing, optimization and traffic steering.
  • Scale mobile S/Gi-LAN services – Enables operators to scale out any network use case, including optimization and load balancing, CGNAT, optimization and traffic-steering in the data plane; and LTE DNS, SMPP, SIP, and Diameter load-balancing in the control plane.
  • Platform and scalability options to address different network sizes – NetScaler T1000 comes in models supporting from 20 Gbps to 100 Gbps and 100 Gbps to 160 Gbps with paygrow options that allow license upgrades to higher throughputs. Furthermore, clustering of appliances can scale capacity up to 3.3 Tbps.
  • Improved CAPEX and OPEX – NetScaler T1000 significantly lowers the cost per Gigabit capacity, providing up to 1/3 the cost of competitive ASIC-based platforms. Mobile operators can augment their networks with NetScaler and lower their overall total cost of ownership.
  • Transition to automated and virtualized networks – NetScaler is certified with popular OpenStack distributions, such as Red Hat and Mirantis, and can be deployed as a physical network function (PNF). Furthermore, the NetScaler virtual ADCs, the VPX, can co-exist with NetScaler PNFs in a hybrid network exposing the same APIs to NFV orchestration platforms allowing all NetScaler platforms to be managed using the same management framework.
“We are improving the economics of mobile traffic management by delivering an innovative solution that combines ByteMobile optimization technology with NetScaler ADC platform, to help improve overall network efficiency and deliver an enhanced subscriber experience. In a world where traffic keeps growing at a rapid pace, service providers need a consolidated platform that scales with demand while also reducing costs.” -- Chris Koopmans, Vice President and General Manager, Service Provider Platform at Citrix


Citrix NetScaler T1000 will be generally available in Q1 2016.

Published Monday, February 22, 2016 9:11 AM by David Marshall
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