Citrix unveiled its cloud networking lineup at its Citrix Synergy conference this week, featuring new products designed to connect enterprise networks to external clouds.

The lineup features two anchor offerings. The NetScaler Cloud Gateway sits at the “front door” of corporate data centers and acts as a means to orchestrate delivery of applications to end users. The second offering, NetScaler Cloud Bridge, sits at the “back door,” and serves as a means to extend an internal data center to an external cloud service.

Citrix said together the products form a service delivery fabric that simplifies the process of ensuring cloud applications and services are delivered securely and reliability, regardless of whether they are running in the enterprise data center or from an external cloud provider.

The Cloud Gateway product acts as a single point of control for managing delivery of software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications, as well as web and Windows applications. It provides single sign-on access as well as user provisioning and de-provisioning and unified licensing distribution.

The Cloud Bridge offering sits at the back door of the enterprise data center and provides a means to transparently add computing capacity from an external cloud provider. When extra capacity is required, it can shift part of the application load to an external cloud and encrypts the connection to the cloud provider.

Citrix said Cloud Bridge allows enterprises to leverage the capacity benefits of the cloud while keeping sensitive data and directory information securely in the corporate data center.



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