Citrix Systems has announced the general availability of the Citrix NetScaler VPX virtual appliance and unveiled a new Citrix Ready Open Networking Programme to support it.

The new programme establishes a powerful partner ecosystem to support Citrix NetScaler VPX, the industry’s only application delivery and load balancing solution that is available as a virtual appliance.
With the introduction of the Open Networking Programme, Citrix is making it easier for ISVs, enterprise customers and cloud infrastructure providers to create powerful virtual networking solutions they can confidently integrate with a broad range of partner solutions already verified to work with NetScaler VPX.
“As South Africa is currently experiencing a downturn in IT spend, coupled with the high cost of “space” within data centres, companies are looking at maximising their current investment with minimal spend,” says Magda Hanekom, Citrix product manager at Workgroup.
“The availability of the NetScaler VPX appliance will allow companies to implement such features as load balancing, ssl offloading and application compression, all without the additional cost of rack space or hardware maintenance traditionally associated with such deployments.”
“The virtual appliance allow for the rollout of flexible solutions that can reduce the requirements of backend systems and further reduces the running costs in the data centre.”
The Citrix Ready Open Networking Programme establishes a broad partner ecosystem to support the deployment of virtualised NetScaler services into nearly any environment. Through the programme, Citrix customers can confidently build comprehensive application delivery infrastructures using NetScaler VPX and integrate with a multitude of partner solutions.
Charter members of the new Citrix Ready Open Networking Programme partners include Ankeena, Apere, Arista, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Intel, Joyent, Oracle, SoftLayer, Trend Micro and Vyatta.
Since its debut in May 2009 as a publicly available tech preview release, NetScaler VPX has been downloaded and evaluated by thousands of enterprise customers and cloud infrastructure providers eager to bring needed flexibility and efficiency to their data centres. Now available for general purchase, NetScaler VPX is poised to expand the market for advanced web application delivery technology.
“Availability of software-based application delivery controllers (ADCs), especially those offering advanced feature sets, will drive a significant expansion of the overall ADC market,” says Joe Skorupa, research vice-president at Gartner. “Soft ADCs will emerge as a strategic platform for enterprise architects to optimise the delivery of mission-critical applications.”
NetScaler VPX makes it simple and cost-effective for organisations of all sizes to deploy market-leading application delivery capabilities for every web application. By combining broad platform support, affordable licensing and gigabit performance, NetScaler VPX brings advanced application delivery technology to both common and emerging customer scenarios not addressed by appliance-only deployments.
"The overwhelming customer response to our NetScaler VPX solution validates our strategy to expand the overall market for NetScaler technology by making it available as a virtual appliance,” says Nick Keene, country manager of Citrix Systems South Africa. “The Open Networking Programme is a powerful ecosystem around which customers can confidently build integrated, efficient application delivery infrastructures using leading technologies and products.”
For easy evaluation and limited production deployments, Citrix is offering NetScaler VPX Express Edition, which can be downloaded and activated at no cost. NetScaler VPX Express provides all IT professionals – including networking managers and application development and test teams – a simple, risk-free option to evaluate advanced web application delivery technology. It also provides an affordable option for inserting NetScaler technology into non-production test and development environments, allowing policy and configuration changes to be tested before they are promoted into a live environment.