Citrix has lifted the lid on a new product in the NetScaler series. Today, Citrix offers virtual and physical versions of the NetScaler line, but has now decided it needs a containerised version, called “CPX”.
Some sources report that NetScaler will be a vanilla Docker container that “can be provisioned and deployed using the Docker command line just like any other Container in the system. According to Citrix the new NetScaler CPX will “join its sibling products – VPX, MPX, and SDX – in providing a single, consistent set of ADC services to application developers unified through a single API, management console and policies. When an application developed using CPX is ready for production deployment, you can continue to use CPX or cutover to a larger, scaled version of NetScaler that is run by the central infrastructure team. The good news is that all the hard work you did to automate and scale NetScaler through APIs and scripts will move over unchanged. In this new form-factor, NetScaler CPX can be used by application developers right on their laptops, with the ability to develop their code with the same enterprise-grade ADC and load balancing functionality that they can use all the way through to production. And in keeping with the way developers want to use our functionality, NetScaler CPX can be provisioned and deployed using the Docker command line just like any other Container in the system.”
We will be report back when we know more about NetScaler CPX.