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DCC and Citrix: delivering critical app and network performance

ICT distributor Drive Control Corporation's (DCC) partnership with Citrix Technologies represents an exciting phase in the company's delivery of optimised and high-performing networking solutions to the South African channel.

Citrix solutions are currently used by over 100 million users globally and was recently awarded, for the tenth year running, a Leader in Application Delivery Controllers by Gartner's Magic Quadrant. The company's award-winning NetScaler range of products that include NetScaler SD-WAN, NetScaler ADC and NetScaler Unified Gateway are now available from DCC.

"Our distribution of Citrix represents a significant and exciting step in providing truly world-leading application, security and overall networking optimisation products to the local market," comments Bruce Askham, Citrix business development manager at DCC.

"The company's NetScaler range enables organisation to optimally manage and improve their networks, ensuring uptime and reliable performance which are crucial in today's business-driven application environments."

The Citrix NetScaler SD-WAN product has been optimised to tackle today's application traffic. This software-defined WAN solution combines packet-level, real-time path selection, WAN optimisation, firewall, routing, and application analytics into one comprehensive solution.

NetScaler SD-WAN offers the following important features:

* Always-on- network reliability – NetScaler SD-WAN is optimised to use any available connection to fail over if any other links fail or degrade;
* Its Hybrid network service allows companies to utilise MPLS as the core of their WAN connectivity while using broadband for bandwidth hungry applications;
Wireless backup service – with SD-WAN, companies have an active/passive network, using the wireless connection only when their primary links fail; and
Hybrid cloud connectivity – SD-WAN offers an end-to-end connection from the branch to the cloud- which simplifies organisations' networks as they move to a hybrid or multi-cloud architecture.

Citrix NetScaler ADC is an advanced software-defined application delivery controller that provides outstanding delivery of business applications – to any device and any location – with advanced security, superior L4-L7 (layer four to layer seven) load balancing, reliable GSLB (global server load balancing) and 100 percent uptime.

According to Citrix, NetScaler ADC offers up to five times the performance of its closest competitors. Ultimately, the solution delivers optimised and reliable application performance to companies across the globe.

Citrix NetScaler Unified Gateway provides users with secure remote access to business applications deployed in the data centre across a range of devices including laptops, desktops, thin clients, tablets and smart phones. It provides a consolidated infrastructure, simplifies IT and reduces the TCO of the datacentre.

The solution consolidates remote access infrastructure to provide single sign-on across all applications whether in a data centre or in in a cloud, or delivered as SAAS. It allows people to access any app, from any device, through a single URL.

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