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May 20, 2009

Citrix to turbocharge application delivery appliance

System booster means seven-fold improvement

By CBR Staff Writer


Citrix Systems Inc is add new packet engine technology to its application acceleration appliance so that its boxes can serve more rich applications to more users.

The new, so-called nCore technology is to be incorporated into its line of NetScaler load balancing and application delivery appliances.

In tests it has been shown capable of serving web 2.0 applications to seven times more users, with no extra hardware investments required, the company has claimed.

Citrix said the technology uses a true 64-bit architecture and has been built from the ground up to speed distribute packet flows across multiple CPU cores for high-performance parallel processing. 

“nCore dramatically increases the performance and scalability of NetScaler MPX platforms at no additional cost,” it said, announcing plans for its release by the end of June.

Managed service providers, content providers, telcos and enterprises are all looking for ways to optimise the application infrastructure from the core of the data centre all the way out to the edge of the network.

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They are starting to deploy products like NetScaler to simplify web application delivery by offloading servers, improving user experience and consolidating multiple point products into a single appliance. 

High level switches and other application optimisation systems allow network managers to make policy decisions about acceleration, load balancing and security across their local and wide area network infrastructure.


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