Citrix is expanding its SD-WAN capabilities with a new appliance and new features for its NetScaler SD-WAN product line with its 9.1 software release.
With the new software release, Citrix’s branch appliances can connect via OSPF or BGP to traditional branch routers, which allows for more operational flexibility for customers who haven’t deployed SD-WAN appliances in all their branches.
This dual mode of operation lets Citrix’s SD-WAN appliances connect to one another via the overlay, or to standard branch routers via traditional protocols.
Prior to this release, a separate router was required at the branch along with the SD-WAN appliance to connect the branch into the organization’s routed network. With this software upgrade, the SD-WAN appliance can also serve as the routing platform, eliminating the need for a separate router.
The new software release also lets customers create virtual networks within the SD-WAN appliance to logically isolate individual applications or functions. For instance, one virtual network could be created be for in-store guest Wi-Fi, with a separate virtual network for point-of-sale transactions.
Customers can apply separate policies, performance settings, and IP address ranges for these virtual networks. These virtual networks are configured and managed from the central SD-WAN controller.
Citrix is also introducing a service that uses two-factor authentication to deploy its branch products on customer premises. Customers can access the service themselves, or have resellers or partners use it.
The cloud-based service validates that the appliance trying to connect to the customer network is actually assigned to that customer, is being deployed at the right branch, and is using the proper configuration.
Citrix says this service offers “a more secure onboarding process for customers concerned about an emulated device connecting to a network.” The service is available at no cost for customers with a maintenance contract.
The company has also announced a new appliance, the NetScaler SD-WAN 410, which can support between 20 and 150Mbps.
The new software is available now. The SD-WAN 410 will ship in November 2016. A tech preview of the cloud-based onboarding service will also begin in November.