Citrix turbo charges cloud and web security

New NetScaler Application Firewall appliances break industry records with unmatched 5 Gbps performance

March 2, 2010

New NetScaler Application Firewall appliances break industry records with unmatched 5 Gbps performance

Citrix Systems announces immediate availability of five new Citrix NetScaler Application Firewall appliances designed to bring a new level of security to public and private clouds and web applications. Each of the new appliances is built on the Citrix NetScaler MPX hardware platform, the application acceleration, load balancing and web-security system that powers thousands of enterprise data centres and most of the world’s largest clouds and websites.

With the introduction of this new offering, Citrix now provides solutions ranging from the 10 Mbps Citrix NetScaler VPX virtual appliance to a record breaking 5 Gbps with the NetScaler MPX hardware appliance – meeting the needs of small and large enterprises, managed security services providers (MSSPs) and cloud providers. In fact, the new appliances outperform throughput levels from the nearest competitor by two times across multiple performance metrics.

As more corporations consider cloud and web computing models, security tops the list of concerns. Regardless of whether companies adopt public clouds, private clouds or internal web applications, the dynamic nature of these environments make them far more attractive targets for hackers. In addition, sites that bill users for services over the web are now subject to strict new regulation from the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) which protects sensitive customer data. The combination of these trends has elevated web application firewalls from a “nice-to-have” feature, to a business necessity. The new Citrix product line enables enterprise and cloud customers to apply broad application security to both web and Web 2.0 applications, while making the cloud a safer place to do business.

“It is increasingly important to focus on security especially as companies move more toward cloud and web computing models,” Cindy Borovick, Research Vice President for IDC’s Data centre Networks service. “With a product offering such as the NetScaler Application Firewall appliance, Citrix will have a nice play in two important adjacent markets signifying a shift for the Application Delivery market as it focuses more and more on foundational network services.”

In addition, the new application firewall models embrace the company’s unique Pay-as-You–Grow licensing model. This pricing model enables customers to purchase today a full-featured security solution that meets near-term performance requirements, with the knowledge that as demand grows, the network can easily be scaled up with a simple software license upgrade. The licensing flexibility, available on both NetScaler MPX hardware and NetScaler VPX virtual appliances, makes it an ideal complement to server virtualisation, enabling customers to secure and scale the data centre in the most efficient way possible.

“Not only are traffic rates growing at an accelerating clip, but the number of attack types is increasing such that it is nearly impossible for IT security managers to keep up,” said Nick Keene, country manager at Citrix Systems South Africa. “Our new NetScaler Application Firewall appliances not only provide advanced security protections, but also deliver the performance and scalability levels being requested by our customers.”