Citrix and Microsoft partner for virtual WAN

Citrix SD-WAN solution will act as on ramp for Microsoft Azure Virtual WAN service

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Citrix and Microsoft partner for virtual WAN The partnership is a milestone in delivering joint solutions for digital workspace and application networking, says El-Khayat.
By  Mark Sutton Published  July 23, 2018

Citrix has partnered with Microsoft to deliver virtual WAN services to connect branch and remote offices.

Citrix' SD-WAN solution will support and integrate with Microsoft's new Azure Virtual WAN service. The joint solution is designed for the WAN edge of Azure to help enhance user experience, deliver consistent productivity and automate the branch-office network deployments.

Citrix SD-WAN provides a comprehensive application-aware access solution from each enterprise branch to the Microsoft Azure Virtual WAN Service. Citrix SD-WAN improves performance, reduces branch and remote connectivity costs, and enhances security at the app and network level by combining packet-level, real-time path selection, WAN optimization, firewall, routing, and application analytics all in one solution.

"Microsoft and Citrix have achieved yet another milestone in delivering joint solutions for digital workspace and application networking. These joint solutions give customers a much richer experience, granular levels of security at an app level and more choice and flexibility as they move ahead in their cloud journey," Taj El-Khayat, Regional Director for Citrix Middle East & North Africa, Citrix.

"Citrix SD-WAN delivered on Microsoft Azure is the latest example of our collaboration with Citrix, which has always been centred on innovation and the success of our mutual customers and partners. Together, we defined the virtual desktop category and now we are collaborating on new a Citrix SD-WAN solution on Azure, which will bring new and exciting functionality for our mutual customers," Ross Ortega, partner PM manager, Microsoft Azure.

Citrix SD-WAN and Microsoft Azure Virtual WAN joint solution can be deployed as a complete SD-WAN service stack. It can be operated as a do-it-yourself SD-WAN or managed cloud service with built-in automation that simplifies small point-of-sale (POS) networks to large-scale branch-office network deployments.

The integration of Azure Resource Center and Citrix SD-WAN Center allows automatic information sharing between the Azure head-end and the on-premises SD-WAN device. It enables cohesive policy management with deep link-usage analytics. Additionally, Citrix SD-WAN makes network expansion at a massive scale much simpler by supporting template-based cloning.

Microsoft's large global private network within Azure accelerates content and application delivery through its optimized routes, resulting in significant improvements of the user experience and workspace productivity.

Commercially, Azure Virtual WAN can be procured in a way familiar to most public cloud users. Citrix SD-WAN can be purchased directly from Citrix channel partners or from the Azure Marketplace with flexible licensing options based on business needs and network sizes. Citrix SD-WAN offers both perpetual and subscription options with bring-your-own-license (BYOL) support.

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