Citrix and Cisco have tightened their partnership via a bundling deal for the networking giant's unified fabric network services line of products.
Under the deal, which is another installment of a strategic alliance launched last year, Cisco will integrate Citrix's NetScaler application delivery controller into its Cisco Unified Fabric Cloud Network Services lineup.
By integrating Citrix's application delivery controller (ADC), Cisco tightens a partnership that formed in October shortly after VMware bought Nicira to popularize the term "software defined networking." Citrix also gets more throughput since its NetScaler 1000V will be sold by Cisco sales and channel partners. Cisco will also support Citrix's NetScaler 1000v line.
Cisco's cloud network services refers to an architecture to boost cloud deployments by integrating hardware and software. Cisco is counting on the NetScaler addition to bring application delivery knowhow and plans to integrate it with the Cisco Nexus 1100 Cloud Services Platform.
Add it up and NetScaler will ride shotgun with a lot of large Cisco deployments. According to the two companies, the latest partnership targets enterprise and service providers looking to automate cloud services. Provision will be integrated and deployment will be simplified with Nexus 7000 routers. Cisco's security, network analysis, wide area networking tools and routers will be integrated with Citrix's NetScaler 1000V.
The joint offering will be available in the third quarter via Cisco's sales channel.