Citrix has rolled out an update for its NetScaler platform which the company hopes will dramatically improve its customers' ability to expand private clouds.
The company said that the NetScaler 10 release will be the first to allow administrators the ability to scale their cloud deployments by adding virtual network appliances and NetScaler instances.
Firms will be able to run up to 40 virtual systems through a single management platform, it claimed.
The release marks the introduction of TriScale, a platform for the deployment of new appliances and greater capacity without requiring firms to add new hardware or purchase additional licences.
The TriScaler platform will allow firms to purchase a single appliance and pay for new intances as they are added.
Citrix cloud networking group product marketing director Greg Smith told V3 that the company was looking to give users the ability to add capacity and flexibility as needed, rather than require large investments up front in anticipation of future growth.
"Devices like NetScaler have to be able to scale up on performance," Smith explained.
"I have to be able to scale up the performance of a networking element on demand, but I can also no longer tolerate an endless sprawl of appliances throughout my datacentre."
Based on the company's CloudScale platform, the TriScaler system is part of what Citrix sees as a merging of public cloud technologies with those of private clouds.
Smith said that the goal of the platform is to provide the sort of instant expansion options which have been the hallmark of public cloud services such as Amazon.
"One of the things that public clouds are best known for is being able to provide infinite capacity" Smith said. ,
"That has not been the reality in enterprise datacentres because the datacentre has been constricted, they have been unable to scale they have not been elastic and they have been complex."
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