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Citrix XenApp
Deliver Windows applications as a service
Citrix XenApp™ is a Windows® application delivery system that manages applications in the datacenter and delivers them as an on-
demand service to users anywhere using any device. XenApp reduces the cost of application management by up to 50 percent,
delivers any application instantly to users anywhere and improves application and data security.

XenApp enables IT to centrally manage a single instance of each application and deliver it to users for online and offline use,
providing a better than installed experience. In use by over 100 million users worldwide, XenApp delivers on the promise of proven
application compatibility.

Citrix XenApp will help your IT organization:

• Reduce the cost of application management by centralizing applications.


• Deliver your applications instantly to users anywhere.
• Improve security with centralized control and secure access to data and applications.

New to XenApp?

The resources below will help you discover the benefits that application management with Citrix XenApp can bring to your
organization. Small business? Learn about XenApp Fundamentals.

Existing customer?

Are you a MetaFrame or Presentation Server customer? Learn how application virtualization and a whole host of other new
technologies make upgrading to XenApp 5 the logical choice.

Citrix XenApp
Deliver Windows applications as a service
Citrix XenApp™ is a Windows application delivery system that manages applications in the datacenter and delivers them as an on-
demand service to users anywhere. XenApp revolutionizes Windows application deployment by delivering any application as a
centralized on-demand service. Explore the categories below to learn more about how XenApp can help your business reduce costs,
ensure security and increase user, IT, and business performance and productivity.

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Dynamic application delivery Single instance management
Automatically determines the most optimal method Manage your entire application delivery system
for delivering applications to users. from a centralized location via a single image.

Any device, anywhere High definition user experience


Application access from any location or device. Ensures an exceptional user experience from any
device, on any network.

Secure by design Enterprise class infrastructure


Inherently secure architecture for delivering Scale to tens of thousands of users on thousands
applications. of servers while ensuring 99.999% uptime.

Citrix XenApp: Compare and Buy


Understand XenApp editions and how to buy the solution
Product editions

Citrix XenApp™ is available in four editions:

• XenApp Fundamentals - A turnkey solution for small to mid-size businesses to deliver secure, remote access to
users anywhere.
• XenApp Advanced - A solid and proven foundation to instantly and securely deliver Windows applications to users
anywhere with maximum performance.
• XenApp Enterprise - A robust, enterprise class Windows application delivery solution that is optimized to manage
and monitor larger, more complex environments.
• XenApp Platinum - The only solution available to instantly deliver Windows applications to users anywhere with
enhanced security features and powerful tools that enable greater control and visibility of even the most complex
environments to increase IT responsiveness and agility.

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Features by edition
Below is an overview of the features of XenApp by product edition. For a more detailed list, see the XenApp Comparative Feature
Matrix.

Feature Fundamentals Advanced Enterprise Platinum

Dynamic Application Delivery

User-centric, policy-based application delivery

Online application delivery

Offline application delivery

Application isolation environment

Windows application support

UNIX application support

Local peripheral support (printers, USB, etc.)

Single Instance Management

Single package application management

Server image management and provisioning

Automatic server and app synchronization

Any Device, Anywhere

Windows, Mac and Linux support

SmartPhone and thin client support

Browser-based access

High Definition User Experience

HDX technologies (Learn more)

EasyCall voice services

Profile management

WAN and Internet connection optimization

Secure by Design

Centralized file and data containment

Encrypted application access

SSL VPN access to corporate resources

Single sign-on and password control

Session recording and playback

Enterprise Class Infrastructure

High availability and failover

XenServer virtualization platform

Load testing services

CPU and memory optimization

Server monitoring, automated alert & response

Proactive user experience monitoring

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Provisioning services

Preferential load management

Citrix XenApp� is a Windows(r) application delivery system that centralizes application management into the datacenter and enables
on-demand application delivery to users anywhere using any device. Utilizing integrated application virtualization technology, XenApp
overcomes the challenges associated with archaic application deployment methods to reduce the cost of application management by
up to 50 percent, deliver applications instantly to users and secure application access

The Trouble with Traditional Application Deployment

Traditional application management enables application deployment to users via remote installation technologies. This archaic
method of application management entails:

1. Creating a multiple pre-configured application installs for each operating system via application packaging
2. Testing and troubleshooting these application packages against various user configurations to draw out inter-application and
platform compatibility issues
3. Re-testing each application package on each operating system or user configuration
4. Scheduling remote application deployment to specific user groups
5. Troubleshooting failed application deployment and compatibility issues
6. Repeating the process with each application update

As a method of application management, application deployment is mired by a number of challenges including compatibility issues
between applications, application packaging and remote install reliability issues, platform support limitations, and the fact that all user
devices must be managed PC’s or a member of the domain. Furthermore, there are many hidden costs which can almost double the
expense of application management when compared to modern application packaging and delivery methods. These include higher
hardware and support costs as well as significant business inefficiencies related to lack of IT agility.

The Solution: Application Virtualization and Delivery with XenApp

In contrast to application deployment, application virtualization with Citrix XenApp is a more modern method of application
management. The process of application virtualization with Citrix XenApp is similar to that of traditional application deployment with
some noticeable differences and benefits as follows:

1. With application virtualization, a single package is created vs. the multiple packages needed with application deployment
2. Testing and troubleshooting application virtualization packages is far easier and takes less time because fewer user
configurations need testing when compared to traditional application deployment and installation solutions.
3. Application virtualization packages are delivered on-demand as opposed to traditional application deployment which is
scheduled for installation during off-peak hours. This ensures that all users get the applications they need when they need
them.
4. Troubleshooting is far easier with application virtualization because issues are corrected once and are fixed for all users
instantly. Self-healing technology means that applications will always run as if they were freshly installed. This is in contrast to
traditional application deployment where issues must be resolved individually on each user device and where correcting
problems can sometimes require a fresh installation.
5. Application virtualization is far less resource intensive than application deployment because updates are configured once
and propogate to all users instantly.

Application virtualization with XenApp delivers users the applications they need on-demand and avoids many of the problems
associated with traditional application deployment. In fact, Citrix XenApp has been shown to reduce application management costs by
up to 50%.

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1. Single instance management

To simplify application management Citrix XenApp stores application packages on centralized network storage. Compared to
traditional application deployment which requires multiple application packages to support many diverse user configurations,
application management with XenApp requires only a single package for each application. Application packages created with XenApp
contain all of the necessary information for delivery to any supported operating system. Once packaged, XenApp utilizes application
streaming to deliver applications to target devices, whether they be user PC’s or XenApp hosting servers. To this end, XenApp also
simplifies the deployment, configuration, and maintenance of hosting servers via integrated server image management. With single
image server management, XenApp can provision additional application hosting capacity in the time it takes to boot a server.
Furthermore, XenApp updates and upgrades can be rolled out to all servers with a simple reboot. Single instance management
greatly simplifies application management and makes XenApp the most efficient and dynamic application delivery system in its class.

2. Dynamic application delivery

When users request an application XenApp determines the best delivery method for the application in real-time. If the user has the
correct Receiver software, security profile, and meets pre-determined network, hardware, and application requirements, then XenApp
utilizes local application delivery. With local application delivery, XenApp uses application streaming to deliver the application into an
isolated environment on the users PC. This form of delivery uses the PC’s local computing resources to run the application and
enables users to take applications with them even while they are disconnected from the network. Alternatively, if XenApp determines
that the users device cannot run the application locally, then XenApp falls back to hosted application delivery. With hosted application
delivery, XenApp uses application streaming to deliver the application to hosting servers and connects the user to a remote session
running their application. This form of delivery uses data center resources to run the application and enables users to access
applications from anywhere. Dynamic application delivery makes it possible for XenApp to deliver applications with the highest level of
application compatibility to any device while ensuring the most optimal performance and user experience.
3. Any device, anywhere

XenApp surpasses traditional application deployment solutions by utilizing application virtualization technology to deliver any
application to any device. Citrix Receiver and Receiver plugins enable application delivery to Windows, Mac, Linux and even UNIX
devices. Over 20 manufacturers such as HP, Wyse, and iGel include XenApp plugin software in their thin-client and access device
products. Even users on iPhone, iPod Touch, Windows Mobile, Symbian and EPOCH devices can access Windows and UNIX
applications delivered via XenApp. The ability to deliver any application to any device, anywhere makes XenApp the most complete
application management solution on the market today.

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4. High definition experience

XenApp has been built to ensure the best experience and performance for users regardless of their device, operating system or
connection. For applications delivered to the users local device, HDX IntelliCache accelerates initial application deployment and
optimizes application communications. For applications hosted on servers, HDX MediaStream, 3D, RealTime, IntelliCache and
Broadcast technologies work together to orchestrate the most optimized computing experience – even over high latency connections.
In fact, regardless of the delivery method used, application management with XenApp enables a better-than-installed user experience
when compared to traditional application deployment and installation. This is accomplished by preserving the “like-installed”
computing experience that users are accustomed to while enhancing application portability, security and function. For example, the
EasyCall voice services technology included with XenApp enables Voice over IP dialing and call conferencing capabilities to be
integrated into any application without custom development. Furthermore, integrated profile management software ensures that user,
application and environment settings remain consistent as users roam between devices and operating systems. This extensive
portfolio of application virtualization, performance and delivery optimization technologies make XenApp the only application
management solution capable of delivering a high definition user experience to any user on any device.

5. Secure by design

Centralized application management and application virtualization is the most secure architecture for delivering applications. With
hosted application delivery, XenApp keeps data in the datacenter while only screen updates, mouse clicks and keystrokes transit the
network. For local application delivery and as an extra added security measure for hosted applications, centralized password control,
multi-factor authentication, encrypted delivery and a hardened SSL VPN appliance eliminate the chance for loss or theft of data. Built-
in configuration logging and SmartAuditor technology enable IT to track system changes and even record user activity into a video file
to keep a visual record of system and application use for security and litigation purposes. Application management with XenApp
makes increases application portability and user productivity while ensuring data security and IT access control.
6. Enterprise class infrastructure

As an enterprise class infrastructure for application management, XenApp can support implementations with as few as 2 servers or
scale on-demand to support multiple data centers, thousands of users and multiple sites throughout the world. In fact, as the most
mature application virtualization solution on the market, XenApp is proven to support more than 50,000 users, scale beyond 1,000
servers in a single implementation and ensure 99.999 percent application availability. This scalability is made easy with integrated
XenServer virtualization technology and provisioning services. When used together, they enable IT to scale their XenApp server farm
to support thousands of new users on-demand. Built in load testing, performance monitoring and activity logging tools help IT to size
their infrastructure correctly, monitor usage and performance, scale when needed, resolve issues quickly, and even pinpoint malicious
behavior. This enterprise-class foundation enables IT to meet service level agreements and quickly respond to business and user
needs. With XenApp, corporate IT teams finally have the global, scalable, end-to-end application management solution that IT has
been looking for.

Below is an overview of the features of XenApp by product edition. For a more detailed list, see the XenApp Comparative Feature
Matrix.

Feature Fundamentals Advanced Enterprise Platinum

Dynamic Application Delivery

User-centric, policy-based application delivery

Online application delivery

Offline application delivery

Application isolation environment

Windows application support

UNIX application support

Local peripheral support (printers, USB, etc.)

Single Instance Management

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Single package application management

Server image management and provisioning

Automatic server and app synchronization

Any Device, Anywhere

Windows, Mac and Linux support

SmartPhone and thin client support

Browser-based access

High Definition User Experience

HDX technologies (Learn more)

EasyCall voice services

Profile management

WAN and Internet connection optimization

Secure by Design

Centralized file and data containment

Encrypted application access

SSL VPN access to corporate resources

Single sign-on and password control

Session recording and playback

Enterprise Class Infrastructure

High availability and failover

XenServer virtualization platform

Load testing services

CPU and memory optimization

Server monitoring, automated alert & response

Proactive user experience monitoring

Provisioning services

Preferential load management

Reduce app management costs by up to 50%


In today’s economy, everyone is looking for ways to save money. Good news is, you probably already have the foundation to
dramatically cut application management costs. Problem is, you may only be using it for a few “problem” apps. Application
virtualization and delivery with XenApp can save you money by delivering all Windows Apps as a service

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Citrix XenDesktop
Citrix XenDesktop™ is a desktop virtualization system that centralizes and delivers desktops as a service to users anywhere.

XenDesktop reduces desktop TCO up to 40 percent and improves data security while ensuring business continuity by centralizing
desktop lifecycle management in the datacenter and allowing either local or remote desktop access from anywhere. It delivers a high
definition user experience over any connection including high latency wide area networks. XenDesktop’s open architecture offers
choice and flexibility of virtualization platform and endpoints. For IT, desktop management is simplified by using a single image to
deliver personalized desktops to users anywhere. Service levels can be managed easily with built-in desktop performance monitoring.

• New for XenDesktop 3


• HDX Technology
• Features and benefits
• Try it now!
• Why choose XenDesktop?

The clear choice for desktop virtualization


Citrix XenDesktop is the clear choice for desktop virtualization and delivers virtual desktops as a service to users anywhere. With
Citrix XenDesktop, users can access their virtual desktops and applications across any network and device. By implementing a
virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), you can reduce desktop TCO up to 40 percent by centralizing desktop management in the
datacenter and simplifying the traditional desktop lifecycle. Citrix XenDesktop is the only virtual desktop solution that delivers a high
definition user experience over any connection - including low-latency access on the local corporate network to virtual desktops and
high latency wide area networks for remote desktop access using Citrix HDX technology

Citrix XenDesktop is built on an open architecture to offer customers the choice and flexibility of virtualization platform and endpoint
devices. Unlike other desktop virtualization (VDI) alternatives, Citrix XenDesktop simplifies desktop management by using a single
virtual desktop image to deliver personalized virtual desktops to both virtual and physical devices—in the datacenter or at the
endpoint—and enables IT to manage service levels with built-in performance monitoring.

Available Now - XenDesktop 3 Feature Pack 1


New HDX MediaStream for Flash, softphone compatibility and more
Citrix XenDesktop 3 Feature Pack 1, a simple, in-place upgrade to the industry-leading virtual desktop solution is now available for
download! The Feature Pack works with trial release of Citrix HDX MediaStream for Flash technology, graphics and video
performance optimizations, HDX RealTime Voice-over-IP (VoIP) softphone compatibility, extended Smart Card integration and a
number of other product enhancements. Whether you are currently using XenDesktop in production or just beginning a virtual desktop
proof-of-concept, download the Feature Pack to take advantage of the latest advancements and performance benefits, such as:

• Citrix HDX MediaStream for Flash - Trial Release: Available for download now! This technology makes XenDesktop the
first and only virtual desktop solution to enable a truly local-PC experience with resource-intensive Adobe Flash videos,
animations and applications. With an estimated 99% of all Internet users accessing Flash-based content (source: Adobe
Systems, Inc.), this capability is an important part of the virtual desktop experience. It leverages the processing power of a
user’s endpoint device to provide a seamless streaming video experience through Microsoft Internet Explorer, even with
high definition video content. It also reduces server and network load, resulting in higher virtual desktop scalability and
lower server and networking infrastructure costs.
• VoIP softphone compatibility: Through enhancements to the HDX RealTime capabilities, XenDesktop enables office
workers to get a complete virtual desktop experience that includes voice communications. Combined with existing support
for microphones and headsets and bidirectional audio, XenDesktop is able to deliver powerful collaboration and
communications functionality to enhance productivity and user satisfaction with their virtual desktops.
• Smart Card integration enhancements: The Feature Pack expands on existing Smart Card integration to include support
for Linux endpoints. It also enhances the SmoothRoaming capability to allow users to move to another device – even with

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a different card reader – and have their virtual desktop session automatically follow them. New features also ensure that
security measures remain intact for Smart Card-enabled applications as well – the Smart Card is passed through to
applications that are hosted or streamed from XenApp. For security and compliance, no other virtual desktop solution
offers as seamless and complete integration with Smart Card authentication solutions.
• Early Release of Support for Windows 7 Beta: For those planning their Windows 7 migrations, the Feature Pack comes
with an early release of support for the Windows 7 Beta from Microsoft. The latest Citrix HDX technologies are enabled,
including HDX MediaStream, HDX Plug-n-Play and HDX RealTime

All these capabilities, plus additional performance tuning that enhances user experience with Silverlight and QuickTime video,
graphics, animations and other on-screen motion, are available.

XenDesktop 3 New Features

XenDesktop 3 incorporates several new Citrix HDX� technologies, giving virtual desktop users a richer high-definition experience
with enhanced support for multimedia and peripherals. XenDesktop 3 also dramatically improves scalability, hosting twice as many
virtual desktops per server as previous versions. With version 3, XenDesktop becomes the first product on the market to deliver
Microsoft® Windows® desktops from a common set of centrally managed images that can be run either in the datacenter (hosted) or
directly on a PC or thin client device (local). This new capability gives IT organizations far more flexibility, reducing desktop
management costs by making efficient use of distributed processing power across both servers and endpoint devices.

Key features of Citrix XenDesktop


Desktops delivered as a service to users anywhere
Citrix XenDesktop™ is a desktop virtualization (VDI) or desktop management system that centralizes and delivers virtual desktops as
a service to users anywhere, ensures data security and business continuity, and reduces desktop TCO up to 40 percent.

Best desktop TCO


Centralizing and simplifying desktop management across the entire desktop lifecycle, dramatically reduces storage and endpoint
costs, and provides the lowest TCO for desktops.

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Single image desktop management
Maintaining a single master virtual desktop image in the datacenter provides users with an up-to-date, pristine virtual desktop at each
logon, drastically reduces patch and upgrade maintenance efforts, and cuts storage costs of hosted virtual desktops by up to 90
percent. Use the single virtual desktop image to provision virtual desktops hosted in the datacenter, or stream the virtual desktop to
the endpoint to leverage the local processing power.

Real-time desktop assembly


Users are instantly provisioned with a pristine virtual desktop that incorporates the user’s personal settings and applications,
regardless of the access device or location - whether accessed while on the corporate network or for remote desktop access.

High definition user experience


With HDX technology, XenDesktop ensures a high definition user experience - for virtual desktops and virtual applications - from any
device, on any network - even for graphics-rich multimedia content.

Built-in virtual applications


Virtual applications enable fewer, simpler virtual desktop images and eliminate system conflicts. This can reduce application
regression testing and increase virtual desktop density by up to two times.

Secure by design
Centralized data, encrypted delivery, a SSL VPN appliance and multi-factor authentication ensure data security - that only the correct
users connect to their desktops and that intellectual property is protected and in compliance with regulations.

Service level assurance


Proactive monitoring identifies performance issues at the user level and enables reallocation of resources in real time to ensure
optimal performance, high availability and failover. This ensures high user satisfaction and enables IT to meet service level targets,
and enables business continuity.

Open architecture
XenDesktop integrates with Citrix Essentials and XenServer, Microsoft Hyper-V and System Center Virtual Machine Manager
(SCVMM) and VMWare Virtual Infrastructure. It works out-of-the-box with desktop appliances from every major thin client vendor. This
ensures no vendor lock-in for virtualization or endpoint devices.

Citrix XenDesktop and VMware View


Which is the best choice for virtual desktops?
IT organizations considering Citrix XenDesktop and evaluating alternatives, such as VMware View, need to know that they are making
the best choice for their desktop virtualization solution. Factors like user experience, image management functionality, application
delivery features and performance monitoring are all critical aspects of the overall desktop delivery system. Only Citrix XenDesktop™
provides a complete desktop delivery system that offers all of the following benefits:

Read independent reviews of Citrix XenDesktop and VMware View at Infoworld

High definition user experience


To meet user expectations across the enterprise, a PC-like user experience must be delivered euqally well to headquarters, branch
offices, homes or public wireless networks. User experience includes everything from screen, mouse and keyboard responsiveness to
streaming multimedia performance and desktop availability. XenDesktop incorporates Citrix HDX� technology that gives users a rich
“high definition” experience on any network with enhanced support for multimedia, audio and video. Citrix XenDesktop can deliver this
same experience a wide variety of endpoint platforms, including Windows and Linux, without requiring specialized hardware or
chipsets.

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Service Level Assurance
Desktop administrators need the ability to monitor desktop performance, not just server metrics. Citrix XenDesktop is the only virtual
desktop solution with built-in desktop performance monitoring, proactive alerts and dashboard views. XenDesktop customers can also
use our award-winning GoToAssist technical support solution to complement the Remote Assistance built into Windows.

Single Image Management


To achieve significant desktop management cost savings, IT needs the ability to manage all virtual desktops from a single image.
XenDesktop enables thousands of desktops to run off a single master image through the use of provisioning services. The
provisioning server ensures high throughput and performance between the master image and the virtual desktops, enabling the virtual
infrastructure to achieve maximum scalability.

With XenDesktop, single image management does not come at the expense of personalization. Only XenDesktop offers built-in profile
management and role-based application delivery, enabling the solution to dynamically assemble the desktop for each user.

Application Management
No desktop virtualization project will succeed without a methodology for delivering applications into this environment. XenDesktop
includes XenApp for Virtual Desktops, enabling IT to centrally manage a single instance of each application workload. This technology
can deliver apps based on user roles, provide granular, policy-based access control over apps, and deliver apps via streaming or
hosting.

Open Architecture
In a rapidly changing technology environment, you need choice and flexibility to leverage the latest advancements, without having to
continually overhaul the fundamental architecture. XenDesktop supports Citrix XenServer, Microsoft� Hyper-V and ESX.

Citrix XenServer
Enterprise-class. Cloud-proven. Free.
Citrix XenServer™ is the only enterprise-class, cloud-proven virtualization platform that delivers the critical features of live migration
and centralized multi-server management at no cost. XenServer is an open and powerful server virtualization solution that radically
reduces datacenter costs by transforming static and complex datacenter environments into more dynamic, easy to manage IT service
delivery centers.

What’s New?

• Citrix announces XenServer 5.5

By providing features like live migration, shared storage support, centralized multi-server management plus P2V and V2V conversion
tools in the free version, XenServer enables any organization, no matter the size or budget, to immediately benefit from the power of
server virtualization.

Features included at no cost Citrix XenServer VMware ESXi

Bare-metal hypervisor 64-bit 32-bit

Max virtual CPUs 8 4

Windows� and Linux guests

Unlimited servers, VMs, memory

P2V & V2V conversion

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Shared SAN and NAS storage

Centralized multi-server management

Resilient distributed management architecture

Live motion

Shared VM template library

Centralized configuration management

Virtual infrastructure patch management

Intelligent initial VM placement

Intelligent server maintenance mode

Fine-grained CPU resource controls

Hot-swappable disks and NICs

Key benefits

XenServer has fast become a leading virtualization technology with over 5,000 customers and enterprise-class features that rival
leading virtualization platforms. XenServer, as recently reviewed by Allan Stevens of ZDnet, “is very much a production-class
virtualization solution with features that match, and in some cases exceed, what’s available on rival platforms.”

• Best virtualization value – Starting with the virtualization power of the industry-leading Xen® hypervisor at no cost, users
can extend their savings into capital equipment, space, power and cooling costs.
• Enterprise-class features – Centralized multi-server management and live migration using XenMotion enables users to
manage the virtualized environment easily and intelligently while optimizing resource with zero-downtime to users.
• Easy setup and administration – Being easy to use is just one reason XenServer was named the Most Innovative Product
of the Year for virtualization in 2008 by VARBusiness. XenServer can be installed and running in about 10 minutes (10 to
Xen) and also has a unique management architecture that eliminates single points of failure. Easily manage hundreds of
virtual machines with the included XenCenter management console that installs with only 4 megabytes of storage.

Available at no cost, Citrix XenServer gives organizations a way to widely adopt an enterprise-class, cloud-proven virtualization
platform to dramatically affect the economics of delivering IT.

Free hypervisors with limited functionality have been around for a long time. We see this
move as substantially different because it offers a competitive, enterprise-ready virtual
infrastructure platform with full centralized management, live motion and support for unlimited
VMs and servers—with no strings attached. Anyone who dismissed XenServer in the past as
a legitimate player in the enterprise virtualization space clearly owes it to themselves to take
a look at this offering.”
- Mark Bowker, analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group.

Citrix XenServer – Features and Benefits


Enterprise-class. Cloud-proven. Free.
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Easy setup and administration

Citrix XenServer™ can be installed and ready to run virtualized workloads in just a few minutes (the ten minutes to Xen experience). It
has a unique management architecture that eliminates single points of failure. IT staff can manage hundreds of virtual machines
easily with the included XenCenter centralized management console that installs on any Windows® desktop with only four megabytes
of storage.

Bare-metal performance

Built on the open-source Xen� hypervisor, XenServer’s compact architecture has the lowest overhead of any virtualization solution,
offering near bare metal performance.

Integrated storage architecture

Unlike other virtualization products that are built on closed proprietary systems, the open storage APIs in XenServer allow customers
to leverage advanced functions such as snapshotting, cloning, replication, de-duplication and provisioning in their existing storage
systems. This unique approach allows customers to fully leverage all the capabilities of their existing datacenter infrastructure rather
than deploying and managing an entirely new set of tools and people that apply only to their virtual servers.

Open architecture

The foundation that powers the open architecture of XenServer is the popular Xen hypervisor. By incorporating the latest Xen
hypervisor, XenServer benefits from the innovation, security and validation of hundreds of leading system developers from over 50
companies, including the world’s largest server and microprocessor manufacturers.

XenMotion

Get your weekends back by managing and maintaining your physical hardware during business hours. The live migration functionality
of XenMotion™ can migrate virtual machines to other physical hardware, with zero downtime, allowing you to patch and update your
machines without your users ever knowing.

XenCenter centralized management

XenCenter delivers scalable setup and administration to XenServer environments, with intuitive controls and easy-to-use wizards for
advanced network and storage configuration. Unlike other management consoles, XenCenter distributes management data across
servers in a resource pool to ensure there is no single point of management failure.

Upgrade to Citrix Essentials

XenServer can be upgraded in place to take advantage of the advanced virtualization management capabilities of Citrix Essentials. IT
organizations can enhance their operations and application delivery dramatically with the addition of capabilities such as:

• Automated lab management


• Advanced storage integration
• Dynamic provisioning services
• Workflow orchestration
• High availability

Citrix XenServer – How it works


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Powered by the open standard for server virtualization
The foundation of Citrix XenServer™ is the open source Xen� hypervisor, a proven and fully supported engine for server
virtualization.

What is Xen?
Xen is a unique open source technology invented by a team led by Ian Pratt at the University of Cambridge and developed
cooperatively by the world’s best engineers at over 20 of the most innovative datacenter solution vendors. With Xen server
virtualization solutions, a thin software layer (known as the Xen hypervisor) is installed directly on the hardware, or bare metal, and is
thereby inserted between the server’s hardware and the operating system. This provides an abstraction layer that allows each
physical server to run one or more virtual servers, effectively decoupling the operating system and its applications from the underlying
physical server. Xen’s paravirtualization technology is widely acknowledged as the fastest and most secure virtualization software in
the industry and is enhanced by taking full advantage of the latest Intel� VT and AMD-V™ hardware virtualization assist capabilities.
The Xen hypervisor is exceptionally lean-– about 50,000 lines of code-–which translates to extremely low overhead and near-native
performance for guests.

Powering Citrix XenServer


The inventors and lead developers of Xen, with the rest of the XenServer team, take this powerful virtualization engine and build out a
full managed server virtualization platform, designed for efficient management of Windows and Linux virtual machines. XenServer
delivers the ten minutes to Xen experience of easy installation and intuitive XenCenter multi-server management, with flexible storage
integration and open APIs that enable users to use their best-of-breed tools to enhance their enterprise system and storage
management processes.

Citrix Essentials for XenServer


Advanced virtualization management for XenServer
Try Citrix Essentials - 30-Day trial
Request a free 30-day evaluation of Citrix Essentials for XenServer — advanced virtualization management.

Get XenServer now


Download no-cost Citrix XenServer — enterprise-class, cloud-proven virtualization.

Buy it now!
Visit the the Citrix Store to purchase single copies of Citrix Essentials for XenServer and technical support, or contact a Citrix Solution
Advisor for volume purchases, evals and support services.

Citrix Essentials™ for XenServer™ extends advanced virtualization management capabilities to Citrix XenServer environments to
help customers create highly scalable, manageable and agile virtual infrastructures. The solution extends the enterprise management
capabilities of XenServer in the areas of lab automation, storage management, provisioning services, workflow automation and high
availability.

What’s New?

• Citrix upgrades XenServer and Citrix Essentials


• StorageLink� and the Open Storage Program

With the enterprise-class, cloud-proven XenServer platform now available for free unlimited use, customers with mixed Windows�
and Linux environments, significant investments in Citrix application delivery solutions, or plans to build private clouds can turn to
Citrix XenServer.

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Essentials for XenServer – Features and benefits
Integrated storage management
Citrix® Essentials™ for XenServer featuring StorageLink™ technology delivers deep integration with leading storage platforms to
reduce the cost and complexity of managing storage in XenServer environments. StorageLink provides one-click access to native
storage devices for simplified management through storage configuration wizards that leverage existing storage array-based services.
Essentials for XenServer with StorageLink supports all storage architectures, including SMI-S based, to deliver faster virtual machine
deployment and lower storage management TCO in virtual environments. Learn how it works.

Automated lab management


Essentials for XenServer automates the management of lab infrastructures to reduce the complexity, time and cost of managing non-
production environments typically used in development, test, support and training organizations. Lab management capabilities
included in Essentials for XenServer automate the setup and tear-down of complex application workload configurations, provide self-
service template libraries for rapid provisioning, reduce virtual machine sprawl and enable cross-team collaboration on common virtual
environments. With Essentials for XenServer, organizations can accelerate and improve the process of moving applications
workloads through testing and into the production environment while reducing virtual machine sprawl and minimizing configuration
errors and delays. Learn how it works.

Dynamic provisioning services


Essentials for XenServer accelerates the delivery of server workloads, dramatically improves IT agility and simplifies ongoing IT
administration by dynamically provisioning application workloads from a single server image. With Essentials for XenServer,
organizations can reduce both the storage costs and the burden of patching, maintaining, testing and supporting hundreds of separate
server images. Essentials for XenServer further improves IT efficiencies with its broad coverage for datacenter infrastructure by
provisioning workloads to both physical and virtual servers. Learn how it works.

High availability
XenServer resource pools can be configured with automated high-availability protection allowing virtual machines on a failed host to
automatically restart on another physical server according to priority and resource availability. Essentials for Xenserver provides a
range high availability offerings, from automatic restart of hosts and virtual machines after a hardware failure through full fault
tolerance of hardware and applications. Learn how it works.

Workflow orchestration
Citrix Workflow Studio™ is an infrastructure process automation platform that enables you to transform your datacenter into a
dynamic delivery center. Built on top of Windows� PowerShell™ and Windows Workflow Foundation, Workflow Studio provides an
easy-to-use, graphical interface for workflow composition that virtually eliminates scripting. Workflow Studio orchestration acts as the
glue across the IT infrastructure allowing administrators to easily tie technology components together via workflows. Learn how it
works.

Essentials for XenServer – How it works


Advanced StorageLink technology
Learn how customers can utilize Citrix StorageLink™ technology to leverage all the native power of third party array-
based storage systems via their virtual management console.

Automated lab management


Learn how organizations can enable self-service across non-production virtual environments, automate the setup and tear-down of
complex configurations, and optimize application development and testing using automated lab management.

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Dynamic provisioning services
Learn how organizations can streamline and simplify image management for virtual and physical workloads using dynamic
provisioning services.

Workflow orchestration
Learn how you can automate key management processes across your virtual infrastructure using common task libraries and a
graphical workflow canvas with Citrix Workflow Studio™.

High availability
Learn how organizations can leverage a broad range of powerful high availability options from automatic restart to workload balancing
of virtual machines across resource pools based on preset thresholds.

Requirements and Specifications


Citrix XenServer and Citrix Essentials for XenServer
System requirements

XenServer host:
64-bit x86 server-class system

• CPU: 1.5 GHz minimum, 2 GHz or faster multi-core recommended


• Intel® VT or AMD-V™ required for support of Windows guests
• Matching CPU family and stepping required for all systems in Enterprise Edition resource pool
• 1GB to 128GB physical memory
• 100Mb/s or faster NIC
• Local or Fibre Channel boot disk with 16 GB of space minimum, 60 GB or more recommended

XenCenter client:

• x86-based system
• Microsoft® Windows® 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista
• .NET Framework 2.0 or above
• CPU speed: 750 MHz minimum, 1 GHz or faster recommended
• RAM: 512 MB minimum
• Disk space: 100 MB minimum
• Network interface card

Provisioning Services host (Essentials Platinum Edition only):

• CPU: Intel or AMD x86 or x64 compatible; 2 GHz minimum; 3 GHz preferred; 3.5 GHz Dual Core/HT or similar for loads
greater than 250 target devices
• RAM: 2 GB minimum; 4 GB preferred; 4 GB required for >250 vDisks
• Disk space: 250 MB minimum; additional storage required if vDisks stored on Provisioning Services host
• Network interface card: Dual 1 GB Ethernet for 250+ clients (Note: Two NICs often perform better than dual-ported NIC)
• OS: Microsoft Windows Server 2003 or 2008 (32 or 64-bit)

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Provisioning Services management console (Essentials Platinum Edition only):

• CPU: Intel or AMD x86 or x64 compatible; 1 GHz minimum; 2 GHz preferred
• RAM: 1 GB minimum
• Disk space: 500 MB minimum
• OS: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Vista, or Server 2003/2008 with MMC 3.0

Lab Manager host (Essentials Platinum Edition only):

• CPU: Intel or AMD x86 or x64 compatible; 1 GHz minimum; 2 GHz preferred
• RAM: (will vary by number of managed physical hosts, number of users and number of deployed VMs)
• Disk space: 10 GB minimum for small labs and 30 GB for large labs (disk usage will vary by number of templates, ISOs,
scripts and software packages)
• OS: Windows Server 2003
• Database: PostgresSQL 8.3 for data store installed locally on LabManager host

Lab Manager agent for XenServer (Essentials Platinum Edition only):

• One agent required per managed pool


• Can be installed on same server as LabManager host for single pool deployment
• RAM: 512 MB minimum
• Disk space: 1 GB minimum
• OS: Windows Server 2003

Supported guest operating systems


Microsoft Windows 64-bit:

• Windows Server 2008


• Windows Server 2003 Standard, Enterprise, Datacenter Edition SP2

Microsoft Windows 32-bit:

• Windows Server 2008


• Windows Server 2003 Web, Standard, Enterprise, Datacenter SP0/ SP1/SP2/R2
• Windows Small Business Server 2003 SP0/SP1/SP2/R2
• Windows XP SP2, SP3
• Windows 2000 SP4
• Windows Vista original and SP1

Linux 64-bit:

• Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.0, 5.1, 5.2


• CentOS 5.0, 5.1, 5.2
• Oracle® Enterprise Linux 5.0, 5.1, 5.2
• Novell SUSE Enterprise Linux 10SP1, 10SP2

Linux 32-bit:

• Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 4.7, 5.0, 5.1, 5.2
• CentOS 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 4.7, 5.0, 5.1, 5.2
• Oracle Enterprise Linux 5.0, 5.1, 5.2
• Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9SP2, 9SP3, 9SP4, 10SP1

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• Debian sarge (3.1), etch (4.0)

Device configuration

• Physical NICs per server: 6


• Virtual NICs per VM: 7 (Windows), 3 (Linux)
• Virtual disks per VM: 7 (with XenServer Tools installed – 3 without Tools)
• Plus 1 virtual CD drive

Citrix Essentials for Hyper-V


Advanced virtualization management for Hyper-V environments
Citrix introduces a new solution called Citrix� Essentials™ for Microsoft� Hyper-V™, offering advanced virtualization management
capabilities for Microsoft Windows Server� 2008 Hyper-V to help customers create highly scalable, manageable and agile virtual
infrastructures. The new solution will extend the enterprise management capabilities of Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and System
Center in the areas of storage management, provisioning services and lab automation.

What’s New?

• Upgrades to Citrix Essentials for Hyper-V and XenServer


• StorageLink� and the Open Storage Program

Essentials for Hyper-V features and benefits


Integrated storage management
Essentials for Hyper-V� featuring StorageLink� technology delivers deep integration with leading
storage platforms to reduce the cost and complexity of managing storage in Hyper-V environments.
StorageLink provides one-click access to native storage devices for simplified management through
storage configuration wizards that leverage existing storage array-based services and technologies
directly from within its Microsoft� Management Console. Learn how it works.

Automated lab management


Essentials for Hyper-V automates the management of lab infrastructure to reduce the complexity,
time and cost of developing and maintaining applications in virtualized environments. Take
advantage of lab management tools within Essentials for Hyper-V to automate the setup and tear-
down of application test beds. Develop, test and deploy applications faster and reduce virtual
machine sprawl with fine-grained controls for automating and managing lab resources.Learn how it
works.
Dynamic provisioning services
Essentials for Hyper-V accelerates the delivery of server workloads, dramatically improves IT agility
and simplifies ongoing IT administration by dynamically provisioning countless workloads from a
single server image. With Essentials for Hyper-V, organizations can reduce both storage costs and
the burden of patching, maintaining, testing and supporting hundreds of separate server images. It

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even allows administrators to provision complete Windows Server� 2008 images, including the
hypervisor, to bare metal machines, with or without internal disks.Learn how it works.

Workflow orchestration
Workflow Studio™ orchestration is an infrastructure process automation platform that enables you to transform your datacenter into a
dynamic delivery center. Built on top of Windows� PowerShell™ and Windows Workflow Foundation, Workflow Studio provides an
easy-to-use, graphical interface for workflow composition that virtually eliminates scripting. Workflow Studio orchestration acts as the
glue across the IT infrastructure allowing administrators to easily tie technology components together via workflows.

Multi-hypervisor support
Essentials for Hyper-V allows virtual machines to be run on either Hyper-V or XenServer hypervisors without modification. Easily
migrate virtual machines from XenServer environments to Hyper-V for unparalleled IT flexibility. Hypervisor interoperability and
migration is made possible with common virtual hard disk formats and common storage management tools across Hyper-V and
XenServer environments, including the automation of storage resource configuration across hypervisor hosts.

Microsoft management support


Essentials for Hyper-V is based on the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) 3.0 and provides a consistent management
experience for administrators by integrating with Virtual Machine Manager and other Microsoft tools you already own. It is based on
.NET 2.0 and integrates with PowerShell-based services and applications.

Essentials for Hyper-V – How it works


Advanced StorageLink technology
Learn how customers can utilize Citrix StorageLink™ technology to leverage all the native power of third-party array-based storage
systems via their virtual management console.

Automated lab management


Learn how organizations can enable self-service across non-production virtual environments, automate the setup and tear down of
complex configurations, and optimize application development and testing using automated lab management.

Dynamic provisioning services


Learn how organizations can streamline and simplify image management for virtual and physical workloads using dynamic
provisioning services.

Workflow orchestration
Learn how you can automate key management processes across your virtual infrastructure using common task libraries and a
graphical workflow canvas with Citrix Workflow Studio™.

Essentials for Hyper-V – Product specifications


System requirements

Provisioning Services host (Enterprise Edition):

• CPU: Intel or AMD x86 or x64 compatible; 2 GHz minimum; 3 GHz preferred; 3.5 GHz Dual Core/HT or similar for loads
greater than 250 target devices

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• RAM: 2 GB minimum; 4 GB preferred; 4 GB required for >250 vDisks
• Disk space: 250 MB minimum; additional storage required if vDisks stored on Provisioning Services host
• Network interface card: Dual 1 GB Ethernet for 250+ clients (Note: Two NICs often perform better than dual-ported NIC)
• OS: Microsoft Windows Server 2003 or 2008 (32 or 64-bit)

Provisioning Services management console (Enterprise Edition):

• CPU: Intel or AMD x86 or x64 compatible; 1 GHz minimum; 2 GHz preferred
• RAM: 1 GB minimum
• Disk space: 500 MB minimum
• OS: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Vista, or Server 2003/2008 with MMC 3.0

Lab Manager host (Platinum Edition only):

• CPU: Intel or AMD x86 or x64 compatible; 1 GHz minimum; 2 GHz preferred
• RAM: (will vary by number of managed physical hosts, number of users and number of deployed VMs)
• Disk space: 10 GB minimum for small labs and 30 GB for large labs (disk usage will vary by number of templates, ISOs,
scripts and software packages)
• OS: Windows Server 2003
• Database: PostgresSQL 8.3 for data store installed locally on LabManager host

Lab Manager agent for Hyper-V (Platinum Edition only):

• One agent required per Hyper-V Host


• Installed on the Hyper-V host
• RAM: 512 MB minimum
• Disk space: 1 GB minimum
• OS: Windows Server 2003

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Citrix NetScaler
Makes Web applications run 5X better
Citrix® NetScaler® is a Web application delivery appliance that accelerates performance, provides L4-7 traffic management, offers an
integrated application firewall and off loads servers to ensure application availability, increased security and substantially lower costs.
It reduces TCO of Web application delivery, optimizes the user experience and makes applications run five times better. NetScaler’s
parallel processing nCore� technology leverages multi-core processors to provide unprecedented performance and scalability for
even the most challenging web applications.

Deployed in front of Web servers, NetScaler combines high-speed load balancing and content switching with application acceleration,
data compression, content caching, SSL acceleration, network optimization and application performance monitoring. Unlike other
approaches that require multiple point products, NetScaler is an all-in-one appliance that is easy to deploy and operate.

Reduce TCO with an all-in-one appliance that takes the load off of over-burdened networks. By offloading servers from things
they don’t do well, such as compute-intensive tasks and repetitive network processing functions, NetScaler reduces server costs by
up to 80 percent. When combined with in-memory cache that delivers dynamic content directly, Citrix NetScaler delivers more
applications to more users with a dramatic reduction in servers and network devices. It also allows you to deploy new Web 2.0
applications without massive infrastructure changes.

Optimize the user experience by accelerating web application performance by 5X or more. NetScaler sends traffic to the
right server with intelligent content switching and leverages advanced multi-level compression for the best possible performance and
greatest network bandwidth savings. Dynamic content caching instantly delivers frequently requested content directly from NetScaler
to further enhance the user experience. End-user experience monitoring enables you to monitor the application performance at the
user to measure the total benefit of NetScaler acceleration capabilities.

Secure Web apps by blocking attacks and protecting sensitive information from unauthorized access. Day zero attack
protection and integrated XML security prevents the loss of valuable corporate and customer data, and aids in compliance with
regulations such as PCI-DSS. Comprehensive AAA capabilities, married with a powerful DoS shield, allow secure remote access
while preventing unauthorized access to sensitive information.

Ensure apps are always available by dynamically responding to changing workloads. NetScaler provides overload sense
and response to optimize use of server resources even with unpredictable traffic. Activating capacity on demand automatically
reallocates resources, and adds or subtracts back-end capacity in response to traffic volume without interrupting the application or
application user. L4-L7 load balancing ensures 100 percent uptime for all users and makes sure there is no single point of failure.
Global Server Load Balancing ensures that applications are available to all users worldwide, and forms a key element for disaster
recovery strategies

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Announcing NetScaler VPX
Full NetScaler functionality in a simple virtual appliance
Citrix® NetScaler® VPX provides the complete NetScaler web application load balancing, acceleration, security and offload feature-
set in a simple, easy to install virtual appliance. IT organizations of any size can deploy NetScaler VPX on industry standard servers—
on-demand—anywhere in the datacenter.

NetScaler VPX makes functionality typically only available on specialized, high-end network devices available as a virtual appliance
that can be easily and dynamically deployed on a single server, or across entire cloud datacenters. Used alone for individual
applications or in conjunction with NetScaler appliances to optimize entire datacenters, the simplicity and flexibility of NetScaler VPX
make it easy and cost effective to fully optimize every Web application.

Bringing advanced web application delivery mainstream

Small and medium-size businesses can now cost effectively deploy full NetScaler functionality in front of Web-based applications like
Microsoft SharePoint and Office Communication Server. NetScaler VPX makes it easy to deploy the same advanced load balancing,
application security and application acceleration functionality enterprises rely on, but sized specifically for the needs of smaller
organizations. The net result is faster response times and less application downtime.

Smaller XenApp and XenDesktop deployments can now benefit from the same integrated secure remote access, global server load
balancing and load balancing for Web Interface and XML broker that NetScaler appliances provide, and run it using the same server
infrastructure used to run XenApp itself.

NetScaler VPX can be easily incorporated into development and lab environments, making it easy to integrate NetScaler load
balancing, application acceleration and application security functionality into application development and test cycles. Development
teams can easily tap all of NetScaler’s advanced functionality, and by making it easy to include NetScaler in test cycles there is less
likelihood of application and network conflicts when new applications are rolled out.

Service providers, cloud providers or any organization that host web applications can provision and de-provision NetScaler VPX
instances on demand, using general datacenter capacity and automation processes already in place. Infrastructure reuse is
increased, datacenter footprints are reduced, and new hosting needs are met faster.

Converging virtualization and web application delivery

In addition to supporting datacenters relying upon virtualized server and application resources, NetScaler VPX enables Web
application load balancing, acceleration, security and offload to become virtualized services that can be easily deployed on-demand
anywhere in the datacenter. Web applications and their associated Web application delivery services are brought closer together, and
established datacenter processes for tasks such as provisioning, automation and charge-back can be used for the Web application
delivery infrastructure.

NetScaler VPX can be incorporated within larger automation/orchestration solutions using Citrix Workflow Studio or orchestration
solutions from Citrix partners, enabling organizations to provision load balancing and advanced web application delivery services on-
the-fly as application instances themselves are spun up.

As multiple cloud datacenters begin to be used, NetScaler VPX instances can easily ‘follow their app’. Global data center
architectures, using “virtual-only” footprints in the specific datacenters where it makes sense, are possible, eliminating the need to
replicate specialized physical infrastructure in every datacenter or hosting facility.

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Availability

A free tech preview of NetScaler VPX will be available May 18, 2009. General commercial availability is scheduled for the third quarter
of 2009.

NetScaler nCore Technology


Taking Performance to the Next Level
Citrix NetScaler nCore™ technology dramatically increases the performance and scalability of NetScaler MPX platforms at no
additional cost. nCore™ technology breaks the single CPU performance barrier that limits the performance, scalability and
extensibility of most Web application delivery solutions. It is a true 64-bit architecture that is built from the ground up to intelligently
distribute packet flows across multiple CPU cores for high-performance parallel processing.

As Web applications become increasingly complex and demanding due to Web 2.0 trends and the proliferation of Rich Internet
Applications (RIA), Web application delivery solutions will be required to provide greater levels of application availability, acceleration,
security and infrastructure offload. Web application delivery solutions will need to provide L4-7 load balancing, caching, compression,
application security, SSL offload and more at multi-gigabit speeds. NetScaler nCore technology delivers a 7X increase in performance
and scalability and provides new levels of advanced web application delivery performance for even the most challenging web
applications.

Performance and Scalability Benefits:

• 7X increase in performance and scalability


• Better performance for Web 2.0 applications
• Ability to handle greater spikes in traffic
• Capacity to support more users and more applications

ROI Benefits:

• All-in-one platform for web application delivery requirements


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L4-7 Load Balancing Caching

GSLB Compression

SSL VPN SSL Offload

App Security Performance Monitoring

• Performance, scalability, integration, ease of management


• Reduced CapEx, OpEx, maintenance and support costs

What’s new in NetScaler 9


Cut datacenter costs by more than half
Citrix® NetScaler® 9 combines advanced application delivery controller (ADC) technology that slashes server and bandwidth
requirements, with integrated knowledge of the application, cutting the costs of delivering enterprise applications, such as Microsoft
SharePoint�, Oracle� E-Business Suite and SAP� in half. NetScaler 9 gives IT managers the ability to instantly tap unrealized
efficiency gains across all phases of the application lifecycle, without having to become an application expert.

NetScaler 9 includes over 350 new features or enhancements to existing features. The following provides a summary of the major
enhancements.

AppExpert Templates
AppExpert Templates encapsulate the entire NetScaler configuration and
policy for a given application in one place.

AppExpert Templates can be imported and exported, enabling customers


to load complete NetScaler configurations for optimization of specific
applications within minutes. Import-export also makes it easy to share
application-specific configuration within and between organizations and to
move app-specific configurations between different systems.

View a demo of AppExpert Templates. Pre-built AppExpert Templates for


key applications such as SharePoint and SAP are available for download
on the Citrix Developer Network.

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AppExpert Visualizer
The AppExpert Visualizer graphically illustrates how requests and
responses flow through NetScaler, and what policies act where. It
provides a graphical, tree-based, hierarchical view of the entities (e.g.,
content switching VServers, LB VServers, service pools, individual
services and health checks) that compose the NetScaler configuration, as
well as their current health. The AppExpert Visualizer simplifies monitoring
and managing the complex configurations today’s Web applications
require. View a demo of AppExpert Visualizer.

Web 2.0 Push


Web 2.0 applications provide enhanced functionality and responsiveness,
including the ability to deliver continuous streams of new and updated
information for enhanced real-time interaction. These applications,
however, are strikingly similar to Web 1.0 predecessors in one crucial way
- they are inefficient consumers of server computing resources.

Many Web 2.0 applications rely on server push techniques, such a long polling or HTTP streaming, which demand that servers
manage very large numbers of long-lived client connections. Managing long-lived client connections places substantial burden on
server system resources and adversely impacts performance and scalability.

With new Web 2.0 Push technology, NetScaler offloads the connection management of these long-lived sessions, freeing the servers
of this task and improving overall server utilization while reducing server footprint in the data center. In addition, Web 2.0 Push
improves application performance by reducing the time that data spends time on server waiting for client to pull data.

AppExpert Service Callouts


AppExpert Service Callouts make NetScaler policies extensible by providing a way to integrate logic or functionality from other
applications into NetScaler policies. Specifically, using an AppExpert service callout, a policy can send (over HTTP or HTTPS) any
part of an incoming request to an external application or service. The result returned can then be incorporated into the policy
evaluation.

A simple example of this would be IP blacklisting, where an AppExpert Service Callout passes source IP data to an external database
that responds with a decision as to whether or not requests from that IP address should be passed. SPAM evaluation is a similar
example. Other possible uses are integration with external AAA or identity management applications, passing data to an external
transformation engine or invoking UDDI registries.

AppExpert Rate Controls


AppExpert Rate Controls enable NetScaler policies to be triggered based upon data rates either coming from a given source or going
to a given resource.

AppExpert Rate Controls can be used for straight-forward rate limiting such as DNS rate-limiting or rate-limiting traffic originating from
a defined source. It can also control how much traffic is sent to a given resource (e.g., anything from a VServer to a specific URL),
providing the ability to control how much capacity is used by users or applications. For example, if a NetScaler is providing load
balancing for two applications that share a single 10 Mbps link, AppExpert Rate Controls can be used to limit each application to
consuming no more than 5 Mbps.

AppExpert Rate Controls give administrators the ability to take actions beyond what basic network rate-shaping or QoS provide, and
to govern resources at a far more granular level. By integrating AppExpert Rate Controls into the fully application-aware policy engine
of NetScaler, administrators aren’t limited to just throttling traffic based upon IP address and port, but have the full depth and breadth
of NetScaler traffic management, acceleration and security functionality at their disposal.

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For example, Web site capacity can be effectively increased by content-switching requests coming from spiders, Web scrapers or
botnets to a dedicated mirror-site, so that the main Web site is freed from the heavy load this traffic generates.

XML Security
The NetScaler Application Firewall module now includes an XML-aware engine that powers specific XML attack protections. In
addition to protecting XML-based applications from attack, NetScaler ensures that incoming XML traffic conforms to the appropriate
standards (e.g., XML syntax, schema, WSDL validation).

URL Transformation
NetScaler 9 can provide on the fly content modification of client requests and server responses to rewrite HTTP URLs. This enables
the modification of displayed URLs without the need to modify the back-end server structure, and vice versa.

Body URL Rewrite is frequently used within the context of either SSL VPNs or Web application firewalls. However, it has uses beyond
these as well. For example, body URL rewrite can simplify application or infrastructure change management by allowing back-end
URLs to be altered without requiring changes to the application’s presentation layer, or for Akamai-zing graphics content.

L7 RTSP Traffic Management


NetScaler 9 includes the ability to manage Real-time Streaming Protocol (RTSP) traffic at both the network and at the application
level, providing the ability to granularly control RTSP traffic streams and maintain RTSP session persistence.

Entity Templates
Entity Templates provide the means for administrators to create templates for specific entities (e.g., a LB VServer, CS VServer) in
order to simplify the creation of additional instances of the same entity, and reduce the potential for configuration errors.

Entity templates will prove very useful when used in conjunction with NetScaler’s role-based administration (RBA) functionality.
Specifically, more privileged NetScaler administrators can create entity templates for specific functions and then delegate the use of
these templates to administrators with lesser privileges. By doing this, NetScaler superusers can simultaneously constrain the actions
of lesser privileged and experienced administrators, and simplify things for these same administrators.

Access Gateway Enterprise Enhancements


Access Gateway Enterprise, which is included in NetScaler, has been enhanced as follows:

• IPv6 support for XenApp client connections are now supported, meeting U.S. Federal Government requirements for IPv6
support.
• Single sign-on to file shares improves user experience by minimizing authentication prompts.
• Clientless access to Microsoft SharePoint 2003 and 2007 expands user mobility by ensuring easy and secure access to
SharePoint sites from any Web browser.
• Historical charting graphical reporting provides administrators with detailed views on system activity and simplifies
management by presenting trend data in an intuitive format.

IPv6 Support
NetScaler 9 provides end-to-end support for IPv6, greatly enhancing the initial NetScaler IPv6 implementation available in NetScaler
8.1. NetScaler 9.0 natively supports and manages client-side and server-side IPv6 traffic as well bidirectional IPv4 to IPv6 translation.

Akamai Integration
Working with Akamai, NetScaler 9 preserves and presents to applications source ClientIPs for requests that come in via the Akamai
cloud. This is critical for auditing or fraud detection purposes.

GSLB Enhancements
NetScaler Global Server Load Balancing (GSLB) enhancements include auto-synchronization of configurations across different GSLB
sites, consolidated GSLB health checks and support for up to 32 GSLB nodes.

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Routing Enhancements
NetScaler 9 includes enhancements to NetScaler route-health injection (RHI) and adds support for monitored static routes and
weighted static routes.

New Configuration Wizards


NetScaler 9 adds wizards for the following functions or actions:

1. NetScaler version upgrades


2. HTML injection configuration
3. GSLB configuration
4. Enhancements to the wizards used to configure NetScaler for use with Citrix XenApp™

New Monitors
NetScaler 9 includes pre-built application monitors for Citrix Access Gateway™ including an Access Gateway Monitor, an AAC login
page monitor and an AAC Logon Agent Service monitor.

Streamlined Management
The following items have been added to streamline NetScaler administration:

1. Security Wipe provides the ability to completely erase the NetScaler configuration.
2. Configuration diffing enables administrators to identify differences between the running and saved NetScaler configurations.
3. The performance of the NetScaler GUI is improved by four to five times.
4. The AppExpert Visual Policy Builder (the GUI interface used to create NetScaler policies) has been simplified, streamlining
the creation of most NetScaler policies.
5. Integration of the NetScaler configuration GUI and the real-time performance statistics minimizes the need for NetScaler
administrators to switch back and forth between the configuration and dashboard tabs within the NetScaler GUI.
6. AppExpert Expression Evaluator allows administrators to test how expressions will evaluate HTTP content prior to binding
expressions to policies.

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Some of the Projects Successfully Implemented by Conti-tech Saudi Arabia.
COMPANY NAME CONTACT PERSON PROJECTS
Saudi Arabia
a) Enterprise Networking for
1200 Nodes.
b) Fiber between offices
S.A. Kent, Al- c) VPN between offices
Khobar Mr.Suresh Kumar d) Wireless
a) Enterprise Networking
Group Five Pipe , Mr.Abdul Rahman b) Fiber between offices
Dammam 2nd Mansour c) ERP
a) Enterprise Networking
Middle East b) Fiber between offices
Battery Company c) Security Solutions
Dammam 2nd Mr.Angadi d) Microsoft Applications
a) Enterprise Networking
b) VSAT
c) VPN
d) Security Solutions (CCTV)
e) Fiber
Arabian Pipe f) Microsoft Applications
Coating, Jubail Mr.Nazeer g) Wireless
a) ERP
b) Server Solutions
Gulf Heavy c) VPN
Industries, Jubail Mr.Shafeek d) Wireless
a) CCTV solutions
City Plaza Mr.Ved b) Security Solutions
a) Wireless Solutions
b) Fiber
Halliburton Mr.Joy Anthony c) Tracking Solutions
a) HR & Payroll Solutions
b) Finance Solutions
Ofsat Arabia Mr.Suresh c) Servers
a) Citrix
Saudi Pan Gulf Mr. Uday b) Security Solutions
a) Enterprise Networking
SIPCO Mr. Naveen b) Security Solutions
Radicon Gulf a) VPN
Consultant JV Mr.Suresh Kumar b) Enterprise Networking

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c) Servers

Some of the Projects Successfully Implemented by Conti-tech Bahrain

COMPANY NAME CONTACT PERSON PROJECTS


Bahrain
First Motors Mr.Waleed mulla Wireless Solutions and VPN

Wireless, PABX system, Door Access


System, TiMe attendance, Structured
Al Dhaen Mr.Younus Cabling.

Agility Mr.Shibu Wireless Solutions and VPN


Bebbehani Brothers Mr.Shaheer Wireless Solutions and VPN

Y.K Almoayyed Mr.Ahmed Wireless Solutions and VPN


Al Enma Mr.Rabbiah Wireless Solutions and VPN
Dar Al wasat Mr. Amer sallom Wireless Solutions and VPN
Ehsan Optics Mr. Naisan Wireless Solutions and VPN
Gulf University Mr. Pradeep Shetty Wireless Solutions and VPN
HSBC Bank Mr. Shibu (G4S) Wireless Solutions and VPN
Al Dhaen Craft
Factory Mr. David Wireless Solutions and VPN
Abu Ameer
Equipment Hiring Mr.Ather Wireless Solutions and VPN

A.A Bin Hindi Mr. Gogi Wireless Solutions and VPN


Jawad Business
Group Mr. Binu Wireless Solutions and VPN
Ramez Group Mr. Adel Wireless Solutions and VPN

Havelock Mr. Raju Door access

Gulf University Mr.Pradeep CCTV,Dome camera,PTZ camera,DVR


Mr. Khalid Ahmed Al
Shamil Bank Taher Wireless Solutions and VPN
Al Hamad
Constructions Mr. Thomas Cherian Build super fast software

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Some of the Projects Successfully Implemented by – Cosmic Communications & Networks, LLC, Dubai
( Our Project Partners for Turnkey Projects
(MOU enclosed )
COMPANY NAME CONTACT PERSON PROJECTS
Dubai
Copper : for indoor applications
Fiber Optic : Indoor & Outdoor
Discovery Gardens Structured cabling & Active Deviced Used : 3Com &
District cooling Telecommunication - Panasonic
plant Active & Passive Devices
Copper : for indoor applications
Palm Structured cabling & Fiber Optic : Indoor & Outdoor
Jumeirah District Telecommunication - Active Deviced Used : 3Com &
cooling plant Active & Passive Devices Panasonic
Copper : for indoor applications
Sharjah Arts Structured cabling - & Fiber Optic : Indoor & Outdoor
Acdamy Passive Devices
Jumairah Lake Structure cabling - Passive
Towers Devices Fiber Optic : Indoor & Outdoor
Copper : for indoor applications
Fiber Optic : Indoor & Outdoor
Servers,Structured Active Deviced Used : Cisco,3Com &
cabling,Telecommunication Panasonic
Al Naboodah Group & UPS Etc.. - Active & UPS: APC
of Companies Passive Devices Servers & PC's : IBM,HP & Lenovo
Copper : for indoor applications
Servers,Structured Fiber Optic : Indoor & Outdoor
cabling,Telecommunication Active Deviced Used :
& UPS Etc.. - Active & Cisco,3Com,PLOYCOM & Panasonic
Shinryo Corp Passive Devices Servers & PC's : IBM,HP & Lenovo
Copper : for indoor applications
Servers,Structured Fiber Optic : Indoor & Outdoor
cabling,Telecommunication Active Deviced Used : Cisco,3Com &
& UPS Etc.. - Active & POLYCOM,Panasonic
BSBG (UK) Ltd. Passive Devices Servers & PC's : IBM,HP & Lenovo
Copper : for indoor applications
Structured Fiber Optic : Indoor & Outdoor
cabling,Telecommunication Active Deviced Used : Cisco& Nortel
& UPS Etc.. - Active & UPS: APC
Academic City Passive Devices
Copper : for indoor applications
Fiber Optic : Indoor & Outdoor
Servers,Structured Active Deviced Used :
cabling,Telecommunication Cisco,3Com,POLYCOM & MITEL
HIRCON & UPS Etc.. - Active & UPS: APC
INTERNATIONAL Passive Devices Servers & PC's : IBM,HP & Lenovo

Following are some of our Project References successfully accomplished by our sub-contractors.

Saudi Iron & steel Co.


(Indoor & OSP Telephone Cabling projects)

31 Confidential
APCO – Jubail
(Fiber, VSAT (Satellite), Wireless )

Saudi Railways Organization


(Fiber Cable Splicing)

Samsung
(Conference Systems Installation)

Saudi Polyolefins Co.


(Eight Different Projects involving UTP & Fiber Cabling & Cisco/3Com equipment), Temporary Facilities

US Navy ( Bahrain )
(Supply of Communication Equipment)

National Industrialization Co., Jubail


(supply & installation of Switches & Router Mid Range)

IMT (Suwaidi Group) Rastanura


(Supply & Install, UTP, Fiber Cables, Router, Redundant PS, Switches: Cisco Systems)

Precision Forging Factory (Suwaidi Group), 2nd Industrial Area


(UTP & Fiber Optic Cabling)

Petrokemya/Toyo, Jubail
(Fiber Cabling, Termination & supply & Install Cisco Switches)

SIPCO, Dammam
(Fiber Cabling and Replace existing switches with Cisco systems switches)

Al-Nasser Trading Est, Al-Khobar


(Fiber Cabling, UTP Cabling, installed Cisco Switches)

Linarco/Gasco, Jubail
(UTP Cabling Network)

United Gulf Steel, Jubail


(Fiber Cable, Termination and Network Trouble Shooting)

JUPC, Jubail
(UTP Cabling Network)

Jubail Industrial College


(UTP Cabling for Computer Labs)

Olayan Descon, Jubail


( completed several Instrumentation project during last year for Fiber Cabling/Terminations)

SMJ, Jubail
Fiber Cable Termination project for 864 points in the new Factory, for Industrial Control & Data Network Systems

Saudi Polyolefins Company, Jubail

1. Additional OSP cabling, 1200pr protection System MDF, relocation of Outdoor STC Telephone Cabinet

2. (Completed UTP (Data & Telephone) & Fiber Cabling work for Seven (7) Buildings at their Factory Site including installation of
AVAYA Switches.)

3. Telephone Cable work for the whole factory, Seven buildings

32 Confidential
SFCCL, Jubail
1. Fiber Optic Cabling Network Installation plus Cisco Routers For Three (3) Factories

AJWA (Nabati) , Dammam


Fiber Optic Cabling for Gigabit Network
UTP cabling network CAT6
Supply & Install Cisco Switches

Saudi Dolomite Co., Abqaiq


Fiber Optic Cable Network for PLC Systems + CCTV

ODICO (Sasref)
Fiber Terminations for Sasref Refinery DSC cabinets and it facilities at Jubail Industrial Sea Port 240 Terminations.

JUBAIL UNITED/LINARCO
Supply and Install Fiber Optic Cable & Cisco Switches

UNITED GULF STEEL & SFCCL


Cisco Switches & Fiber Optic Cable for LAN in the Factories

SAMREF, Yanbu
Fiber splicing & Testing

SBG at YANSEB, Yanbu


Fiber Cable Splicing & Testing and 50pair Instrumentation cable Splicing and Testing for Seven Km cable.

Gulf Farabi, Jubail


Total 800 Fiber Cable fusion splices/Terminations , OTDR Testing
Copper Cables Splicing & MDF Termination

Vost Alpine at Hadeed


Fiber Splicing ( fusion) and Fiber Termination Hotmelt Method 280 Splices/Terminations.

Al-Rushaid Offshore
Supply & Install Panasonic 100 line PABX & Billing system.
Connected Two Bldgs with Fiber Connectivity

Advance Polyproplene Co. , Jubail (ongoing Project)

Supply & Install:


PABX BEP System for 1000 lines + Fiber Optic Cable Connectivity to Admin Building and other Four Buildings
. UTP cabling at Admin Bldg and other Four Buidlings. Building .

WESTERN AUTO
Supply & Install 100 line PABX and cabling

ODICO ENGG OFFICE


Supply & Install AVAYA IP Office PABX with Billing System for 300 lines

Reda Firefighting (Ongoing Project)

Supply & Install


NCS communication : Fiber optic cable connectivity for 13 location at AL-RAZI

CHEMENOL

Supply & Install


- Fiber Optic Cable Connectivity to Five Locations for data and voice
- DCS cabinets Fiber Cable Connectivity/termination at new plant.

33 Confidential
SPC, Tasnee

Supply & Install


Fiber Optic Cabling upgrade and UTP cabling for Five Locations

YOKOGAWA at Al-Razi, Jubail


Fiber Cable & Termination between DCS cabinets

34 Confidential