Choosing the right platform and edition options

Hardware-based app delivery appliances

Performance: 500 Mbps–200 Gbps

Best for

  • Managing web applications with multiple gigabits of traffic
  • Load balancing for small enterprises
  • Ultra high performance web application security
  • Flex tenancy

Hardware-based appliances with virtualization to consolidate up to 115 independently-managed Citrix ADC instances

Performance: Up to 200 Gbps

Best for

  • Consolidating multiple physical load balancers
  • Providing flexible multi-tenancy
  • Service providers requiring fully isolated tenants
  • Simplifying application rollouts from staging and dev environments

Software-based virtual appliances that run on widely deployed hypervisors

Performance: 10 Mbps–100 Gbps

Best for

  • Architecting hybrid cloud infrastructures
  • Cloud native application load balancing for public cloud environments
  • Replace hardware based load balancers
  • Utilizing Citrix ADC in any use case, anywhere (from development to testing to production environments). 
  • Architecting scalable multi-tenant infrastructures
  • Attractive application delivery options for telco, enterprises and small businesses

Docker containerized load balancer that can be supported on-premise and in multi-cloud environments

Best for

  • Supporting containerized applications
  • Migrating to a microservices architecture
  • Providing developers and DevOps teams with load balancing early in the app development cycle

Citrix Networking CPX Express

Citrix Networking CPX Express is the free developer version that supports up to 20 Mbps and 250 SSL connections. CPX Express supports most of the CPX feature set, except TCP optimization and L7 DDoS.

Full suite of Citrix ADC capabilities in a hybrid cloud environment for development, testing, and production delivery.

Citrix ADC on AWS

Specs

  • AWS Virtual Private Cloud
  • AWS Elastic Block Storage
  • EC2 instance with minimum of 2 Virtual Cores, 2 GB RAM
  • VPX 10 (10 Mbps) to VPX 5000 (5 Gbps)
  • Available via AWS Marketplace or with Bring Your Own License

Citrix ADC on Microsoft Azure

Specs

  • Requires A2 Standard instance with 2 cores and 3.5 GB RAM, or A3 Standard instance with 4 cores and 7 GB RAM
  • Available via Azure Marketplace with Bring Your Own License

Citrix ADC on SoftLayer

Citrix Networking VPX and MPX models are available on SoftLayer.  To get started, please log in to your SoftLayer account and follow the steps outlined in the following video.

Citrix ADC editions  

Standard Edition

Delivers reliable application availability, comprehensive L4-7 load balancing, robust performance optimization features, and secure remote access.

Advanced Edition

Adds advanced traffic management, clustering support, stronger security features, extended optimizations, SSO, and more.

Premium Edition

Encompasses powerful security features, expanded application acceleration capabilities, and enhanced management and visibility resources.

Standard Option

* An AppCache license is required for several front-end optimization features

Feature Premium
Edition
Advanced
Edition
Standard
Edition
Citrix
Gateway
*Universal
License
L4 load balancing and L7 content switching    
Microsoft SQL, MYSQL    
AppExpert rate controls    
IPv6 support    
Traffic domains    
Subscriber-aware traffic steering    
Global server load balancing (GSLB)    
Carrier-Grade Network Address Translation (CGNAT)      
Dynamic routing protocols      
Surge protection and priority queuing      
TriScale Clustering      

Standard Option

* An AppCache license is required for several front-end optimization features

Feature Premium
Edition
Advanced
Edition
Standard
Edition
Citrix
Gateway
*Universal
License
Application acceleration
Client and server TCP optimizations    
AppCompress    
AppCache      

Standard Option

* An AppCache license is required for several front-end optimization features

Feature Premium
Edition
Advanced
Edition
Standard
Edition
Citrix
Gateway
*Universal
License
Application security
L4 DoS defenses    
L7 DoS defenses    
L7 rewrite and responder    
Citrix Endpoint Management connector      
AAA for traffic management      
Citrix Web App Firewall with XML security      
IP Reputation      
nFactor authentication      
Citrix Networking Cloud connector        

* An AppCache license is required for several front-end optimization features

Feature Premium
Edition
Advanced
Edition
Standard
Edition
Citrix
Gateway
*Universal
License
Front-end optimization*
Content layout      
Domain sharding      
Image optimization      
Style sheets and JavaScript optimization      

* An AppCache license is required for several front-end optimization features

Feature Premium
Edition
Advanced
Edition
Standard
Edition
Citrix
Gateway
*Universal
License
Multi-path TCP    
BIC and cubic TCP    

* Starting 11.1, Universal license is required on top of Citrix ADC (Advanced, Standard) or a Gateway (AGEE) license. Citrix ADC Premium edition does not have any Universal License requirements.

** Platinum Edition license is required for historical analytical data. Enterprise Edition only provides real-time data.

Feature Premium
Edition
Advanced
Edition
Standard
Edition
Citrix
Gateway
*Universal
License
Citrix Networking Insight Center-Web Insight    
Citrix Networking Insight Center-HDX Insight**      
AppExpert visual policy builder    
ActionAnalytics    
AppExpert service callouts, templates and visualizers    
Role-based administration and AAA for administration    
Configuration wizards    
Native Citrix web interface    
Comtrade Management Pack for Citrix ADC        
Citrix command center    

* Starting 11.1, Universal license is required on top of Citrix ADC (Enterprise, Standard) or a Gateway (AGEE) license. Citrix ADC Platinum edition does not have any Universal License requirements.

Feature Premium
Edition
Advanced
Edition
Standard
Edition
Citrix
Gateway
*Universal
License
Federated Identity      
One URL/SSO using SAML 2.0      
Centralized Policy Management (SmartControl)      
Stateless RDP proxy    
Cluster for IC A proxy (Striped)      
Monitoring of Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktops traffic (Real time)      
Monitoring of Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktops traffic (Historical)        
Monitoring of Gateway traffic (Real time)      
Monitoring of Gateway traffic (Historical)        
Feature Premium
Edition
Advanced
Edition
Standard
Edition
Citrix
Gateway
*Universal
License
Citrix Gateway
Broad client support for plugins
Customizable web portal
SSL VPN remote access
IC A proxy to Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktops
 
Contextual policies for Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktops (Smart Access)
End Point Analysis
Secure browser-only access (CVPN)
Always-On  
Integration with StoreFront  

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