Citrix NetScaler Series: Part 11 - NetScaler Insight (User Experience Monitoring)

Another of my favourite features is NetScaler Insight. Insight is a monitoring and analytics solution. The reason I’ve included it in this series is because it can be a significant benefit to a partner embarking on, or already hosting, a mobility platform including DaaS.   The importance of networking is often underestimated by partners who aren’t…

Citrix NetScaler Series - Part 10: Features Deep Dive - Content Switching

Content Switching is Layer 7 Load Balancing. Content switching can be used to distribute traffic across multiple back-end servers based on host-headers, device type, language, cookie and layer 3-4 data. This feature can be very useful for multi-tenant solutions hosting web services including SharePoint or Exchange. A Content Switch is a virtual server that can…

Anywhere Access: Your new office

Company Office As users connect into the office remotely and out to external parties then there may be requirement to review and monitor external connectivity e.g. QoS on video connections and VOIP.  Users want remote access to resources still located on office servers so security must also be reviewed.  Users require access to files outside…

Citrix NetScaler Series – Part 8: Features Deep Dive – Global Server Load Balancing (GSLB)

Global Server Load Balancing manages traffic across multiple network entry points or data centres. For example, GSLB would distribute traffic across two or more data centres (active-active) or initiate automated data centre failover in a DR scenario (active-passive). GSLB can also direct traffic based on geo-location information, providing the best user experience.  For example, if…

Citrix NetScaler Series - Part 7: Features Deep Dive - Layer 4-7 Load Balancing

Load Balancing is a simple but extremely effective way to distribute load and protect your services - and your customers’ services - from single points of failure. Over the years some rudimentary traffic distribution methods have been found wanting when something goes wrong and a relatively small investment is all that’s needed to obtain extensive…

Citrix NetScaler Series - Part 6: Features Deep Dive – ShareFile & XenMobile Connectors

Features Deep Dive - ShareFile and XenMobile Connectors   NetScaler Gateway is used to unify connections for XenMobile and ShareFile in the same way NetScaler ICA Proxy allows connections in to a XenApp or XenDesktop platform. Leveraging NetScaler provides access additional Enterprise-grade features including Load Balancing, High Availability and Global Server Load Balancing.   XenMobile…