Stretching your cloud with Citrix NetScaler 10.5 and VXLANs

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The latest release of Citrix NetScaler 10.5 firmware came with a diverse range of new features and we’ve spent some time at cloudDNA digging around the enhancements behind the headlines to look at the potential benefits for some of the organisations we support. Our Lead Architect, Andy Gravett, who’s been heavily involved with NetScaler since before the Citrix acquisition in 2005, has some great insight which I thought would be worth sharing…

One feature that caught his eye was the support for VXLANs, primarily because it is a cloud and virtualisation related network overlay framework (you wouldn’t expect anything less from a cloud and Citrix networking consultancy blog right?☺) and secondly, from the technical angle, how it is designed to solve the current limitations of traditional IP/VLAN (with Spanning Tree Protocol) implementations in a multi-tenant cloud environment.

Back in August 2011 at VMWorld, VMware and Cisco proposed a new standard…

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