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Yes you can still use your on-premises ADC with Citrix Cloud. You need to configure your Cloud Connector as STA on your Citrix Gateway configuration on ADC and StoreFront. When it's done, users can connect to your Citrix Gateway, authenticate and will be presented with resources on Citrix Cloud. Citrix combines virtualization, networking and cloud technologies with collaborative services into a full portfolio of products that enable mobile workstyles for users and virtual datacenters for IT. Our wide range of product editions, licensing models and maintenance plans ensures you can find the right purchase options for your organization. Citrix combines virtualization, networking and cloud technologies with collaborative services into a full portfolio of products that enable mobile workstyles for users and virtual datacenters for IT. Our wide range of product editions, licensing models and maintenance plans ensures you can find the right purchase options for your organization. The Citrix Application Delivery Controller (ADC) SDX, MPX, VPX, BLX, CPX, Gateway, Secure Web Gateway, and SD-WAN can all be managed, configurations deployed, or services reported on via the appliance whether they are cloud based or on-prem. A single place to simplify delivery of Citrix technologies. Provide secure access to apps, data and IT tools. Deploy on any cloud or infrastructure.

What is Citrix ADM?

Citrix Application Delivery Management (ADM) is a single pane of glass solution that is deployed to manage all Citrix Networking product platforms. The Citrix Application Delivery Controller (ADC) SDX, MPX, VPX, BLX, CPX, Gateway, Secure Web Gateway, and SD-WAN can all be managed, configurations deployed, or services reported on via the appliance whether they are cloud based or on-prem.

The latest version of ADM can run as a virtual machine on a hypervisor platform or as a service available through Citrix Cloud.

Both versions offer similar functionality, collecting performance information about the applications and services running through the devices. Administration information is also collected to manage and centrally configure all ADC instances on one web-based portal.

The information collected is diverse and dependant on the types of services running through the ADC or Gateway but can include:

  • Web page performance data.
  • User-level ICA connection performance data.
  • User browsing behaviour reports.
  • Configuration audits.
  • SSL Certificate reports & Cipher usage.

The benefits of accessing this information in one place is clear. As environments become more complex and split across enterprise data centre and third-party cloud locations, it becomes harder to keep track of configurations; and reporting on disparate outlying pieces of technology gets left behind.

ADM provides the capability to centrally manage the infrastructure that presents services to end users all from the one portal. This creates a solution that can be handed to a central IT Support function; or the ADM can split the managed devices into a multi-tenanted solution giving individual departments access and visibility to their own devices or services only.

ADM Features

The Application Delivery Management appliance features are broadly split into the following categories:

  • Applications: Health and Usage of Applications.
  • Networks: Configuration and status reporting from an Application perspective.
  • Analytics: Network and data reporting.
  • Orchestration: Integration of the Citrix ADC product with cloud orchestration platforms.


Applications provides an overview of all applications presented across multiple ADC’s with an indication of Status and Health. You can manage up to 30 discovered applications without requiring a specific licence, but beyond that you must purchase and apply a license. However, if you have more than 30 applications you can choose not to manage some. The features are broken down into the following:

Provides a summary view of all services passed through the ADC, including Gateway, Load Balancing and Websites. Provides an at a glance table to investigate any issues:

Reports on configured Application Health and provides the capability of adding or removing Applications to report on; with details of any failures, broken down into Service and Server.

App Security Dashboard
Partnered with AppFirewall, provides an overview of discovered security attack information such as DNS floods, Sync Attacks and SQL Injections against the applications the Web App Firewall is protecting. Also provides an indication of Threat and Safety indexing as a guide to administrators.

Users & Endpoints
When the ADC is configured as an SSL Forward proxy or a Secure Web Gateway is managed, there are comprehensive user reports to enable insights into the behaviour of users, and whether URL’s are hitting corporate policies of Blocked sites, or sites that are deemed High Risk.

Traffic by Browser, Traffic by Reputation Score, URL Category, Count of users, Data Volume, and Top Users/Endpoints are all reported.

A pre-defined set of template configurations for common applications. There are multiple scenarios covered; from Load Balancing to Single Sign On. Used when creating new services, they go through all settings required and show all the Objects that will be created on the ADC prior to the implementation.

This provides an ease of deployment for tasks that may be new to an administrator. These can then be remotely deployed to single or multiple devices, or just used as a point of reference.

Existing ADC configurations can also be used to create new StyleBooks for ease of ADC migration.


Networks contains the infrastructure detail managed by the ADM outside of Applications or Analytics and is broken down into features including:

Infrastructure Analytics
Provides a single point of reference of all devices managed by the ADM with a summary of system resource use.

SSL Dashboard
Provides the administrator a single solution to view and manage the SSL Certificates installed across multiple devices, all from the single web-based portal.

Alerts for certificates expiring in the near-term and the capability to centrally update those certificates are available, along with overviews of certificate configuration and health.

Configuration Jobs
Similar to StyleBooks, but user created, Configuration Jobs provide a method of recording a set of configuration commands to repeat multiple times, or over multiple Instances. Jobs can be created to make configuration changes across devices, upgrade firmware, and replicate a device’s configuration to other devices in the enterprise.

Configuration Audit
To ensure configurations stay as designed, audits are taken at scheduled intervals and report on ‘Configuration Drift’. This is especially important for compliance and security to ensure applications stay as designed. Any changes to the original recorded configuration are raised and alerts can be created.

Recommendations against best practice are also available here similar to those available in

Provides the capability for the administrator to configure the ADM as a licence server for the ADC’s. This creates a flexible Pooled Licensing model where licences based on platform edition and bandwidth can be assigned and removed as necessary. This is particularly useful for changing an ADC’s bandwidth allocation or Orchestrating new devices on demand.

Network Functions
Reporting on the State of each Virtual Server and throughput statistics. This also provides a visual map of each Virtual Server to assist the administrator in understanding the configuration. Maintenance tasks to bring services Up or Down can also be centrally controlled from here.


This is the reporting and presentation of the network and traffic data that flows through a managed device. You can view analytics data for a maximum of 30 Virtual Servers before requiring a licence, but length of data retention may depend upon managed device platform edition. Beyond 30 vServers requires a specific ADM license. The features are split into different categories as follows:

Web Insight
Provides visibility of enterprise web applications served through the ADC. Information provided includes Server and Client Network Latency, Application response times, SSL Ciphers Negotiated, and bandwidth utilised per web application. This enables enterprises to identify bottle necks in application performance.

Video Insight

Monitors the metrics used for video optimisation techniques used by the Citrix ADC through the AppFlow feature. Reports on Optimised vs Non-Optimised traffic, giving the enterprise the capability to see data volume and type of traffic passing through the ADC. This gives a measure of optimisation efficiency.

HDX Insight
Reports on the users flowing through the ADC or Gateway utilising the ICA protocol. Data on WAN vs data centre traffic latency, and Round Trip Time show performance delays, and whether any improvements can be managed by the IT Enterprise. HDX Insight also reports on Licence usage, Top Applications launched and Published Desktop usage over multiple ADC Instances for an aggregated view.

Gateway Insight
Enables administrators to view reports on why applications failed to launch, providing the user credential and the Gateway the user was connected to. This is useful for user troubleshooting. Gateway Insight also provides an aggregated view of active users/sessions across multiple Gateways/ADC’s.

WAN Insight
Monitors the accelerated vs non-accelerated traffic through the SD-WAN between branches and the data centre. WAN Insight also reports on client traffic performance including packets sent/received and data compression ratios.

Security Insight
Based on Web App Firewall and ADC system security settings, Security Insight gives a per application Safety and Threat Index based on how each application is protected against external threats and vulnerabilities.

Bot Insight
Reports on the ratio of human vs Bot access to each exposed application; and working with AppFirewall will give an indication of the risk of the Bot behaviour (blacklisted Bot access attempts vs Whitelisted Bot access).


Orchestration enables the integration of Citrix ADM with the cloud platforms OpenStack, Accelerite, Kubernetes and SDN Orchestration to allocate ADC resources.

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Citrix Cloud Adc

Citrix ADC integrates with LBaaS and OpenStack Heat to allocate either Neutron drivers, or ADC services to tenants using Heat StyleBooks.

ADM integrates with the Cloud Infrastructure to create private cloud resources through Service Packages. These communicate with ADM to allocate the requested resources and deploy configurations to allocated ADCs.

ADC instances can act as the Ingress to applications running inside a Kubernetes cluster exposing it to external traffic. ADM can be specified to integrate with Kubernetes at the Cluster, Policy and Configuration level to manage Kubernetes and assign ADC resources.

SDN Orchestration
Provides integration with Cisco ACI and VMware NSX Manager. For Cisco, L2-L3 automation is performed by Cisco APIC, and L4-L7 automation is performed by the ADM to create a Hybrid solution. VMware NSX uses Service Packages to create definitions that can be applied to Edge Gateway services by ADM

Citrix Application Delivery Management is a powerful single pane of glass solution enabling you to manage and report on many Citrix networking device requirements. To start this with minimal outlay and no licence fee is a significant benefit.

It can be complex and requires some time to understand all it’s features but is of great value, especially as the enterprise grows and multiple devices of different type, edition and location appear on the network.


If you would like to discuss the benefits of Application Delivery Management or Citrix networking products in general and how they help address user and enterprise requirements call 0330 010 3443 or email [email protected]

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Citrix ADC
FoundedSanta Clara, California (1997)
HeadquartersSan Jose, California, U.S.
Michel K. Susai, Founder & CEO

Citrix ADC is a line of networking products owned by Citrix Systems. The products consist of Citrix ADC, an application delivery controller (ADC), NetScaler AppFirewall, an application firewall, NetScaler Unified Gateway, NetScaler Management & Analytics System, and NetScaler SD-WAN, which provides software-defined wide-area networking management. NetScaler was initially developed in 1997 by Michel K Susai[1][2] and acquired by Citrix in 2005. Citrix consolidated all of its networking products under the NetScaler brand in 2016.[1]


The NetScaler line of products are part of Citrix Systems' networking business.[3] It includes NetScaler ADCs, NetScaler Unified Gateway, NetScaler AppFirewall, NetScaler SD-WAN, and NetScaler Management & Analytics System.[4][3] The products can work in conjunction with other Citrix offerings, including its Xen line of products.[3]

NetScaler is integrated with OpenStack as part of Citrix Systems' sponsorship of the Openstack Foundation.[5]


Citrix ADC is Citrix Systems' core networking product.[6] It is an application delivery controller (ADC),[6] a tool that improves the delivery speed and quality of applications to an end user.[7] The product is aimed at business customers and it performs tasks such as traffic optimization, L4-L7load balancing,[8] and web app acceleration[7][9] while maintaining data security.[10]

Citrix ADC monitors server health and allocates network and application traffic to additional servers for efficient use of resources.[11][8] It also performs several kinds of caching and compression.[12] It can be made a server proxy, process SSL requests, and offers VPN and micro-app VPN operations. It also includes NetScaler application firewall and SSL encryption capabilities.[12][11] NetScaler ADC can manage traffic during DDoS attacks, making sure traffic gets to critical applications.[10] Additionally, Netscaler's logs of network activity feed into Citrix's cloud-based analytics service and are used to analyze and identify security risks.[13]

There are four versions of Citrix ADC:[6] NetScaler MPX, a hardware-based appliance for use in data centers;[6] NetScaler SDX, a hardware-based appliance intended for service providers that provides virtualization delivering multitenancy for virtual and cloud-based data centers;[12][14] NetScaler VPX, a software-based application that is implemented as a virtual machine and intended for small business use;[15] and NetScaler CPX, a NetScaler ADC packaged in a container and designed for cloud and microservices applications.[6]

In addition, the NetScaler line of products include Citrix SD-WAN, formerly CloudBridge SD-WAN, which provides software-defined wide-area networking and branch networking.[4] NetScaler Unified Gateway offers secure remote access of virtual desktops and a variety applications from a single point of entry and with single sign-on (SSO).[4][16][17]

The NetScaler Management and Analytics System is a platform designed for the organization and automation of policy management across devices and applications.[18] The tool is intended for IT professionals to manage the various NetScaler products from a single dashboard.[4] The platform also provides real-time analytics.[18]


Entrepreneur Michel K. Susai founded NetScaler in 1997 in San Jose, California.[2] He created NetScaler as a solution for reducing infrastructure during the growth of the Internet in the late 1990s.[19] The company repositioned NetScaler as a security and optimization tool in 2001.[19][2]

By 2005, NetScaler estimated 75 percent of Internet users used its systems through clients including Google and Amazon.[9] Citrix acquired NetScaler in 2005 for approximately $300 million in cash and stock.[9]

Citrix released NetScaler MPX, a faster and more power efficient NetScaler ADC model, in 2008.[20] It introduced the VPX edition the following year.[15] In 2011, Citrix launched NetScaler SDX.[12]

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In 2016, Citrix transitioned all of its delivery products under the NetScaler brand. Citrix CloudBridge SD-WAN became NetScaler SD-WAN. The company also introduced “NetScaler Management and Analytics System”, a console for users to manage all NetScaler products, including the ADCs and SD-WAN,[4] and a containerized version of NetScaler called NetScaler CPX.[18] Citrix released a free developer version of NetScaler CPX called NetScaler CPX Express in August 2016.[21]


Reviewing NetScaler ADC in 2007, InfoWorld gave it a score of 8.6 out of 10. The reviewer noted that it was easy to set up and administer, and provided performance improvements in load balancing and Web application speed. However, there were variable results with features such as TCP session buffering and TCP session consolidation, as these would depend on other factors. As well, InfoWorld said that NetScaler is best suited for 'organizations making corporate applications available over the Web for internal or external customers' and 'large, heavily trafficked Web sites' but was more costly than other available solutions for a 'small, three-node Web farm that will be lightly loaded'.[22]

GCN wrote in 2011 that NetScaler is 'much more than a load balancer; it’s really an all-in-one Web application delivery system'.[11] The site gave NetScaler an A+ rating for features, B- for ease of use, A+ for performance and a C for value. The same article noted that it was difficult to learn and expensive.[11]

As of December 2016, annual net revenue from sales of NetScaler products and services was US$782,875,000.[23]

In December 2019 a security problem was detected [24]


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  4. ^ abcdeSimon Sharwood (May 25, 2016). 'Citrix dodges death, returns with bigger XenServer and NetScaler'. The Register. Retrieved 6 December 2016.
  5. ^Chris Merriman (April 22, 2015). 'Citrix joins OpenStack, aims at interoperability in the cloud'. The Inquirer. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
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  15. ^ abTimothy Prickett Morgan (September 23, 2009). 'Citrix ships virtual NetScaler accelerator'. The Register. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
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  20. ^Timothy Greene (April 28, 2008). 'CCitrix, A10 bolster application delivery gear'. Network World. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  21. ^Craig Matsumoto (August 24, 2016). 'Citrix Gives Away Netscaler Containers for Free'. SDNCentral. Retrieved 6 December 2016.
  22. ^Logan Harbaugh (November 12, 2007). 'Citrix NetScaler meets the need for speed'. InfoWorld. Retrieved 26 July 2017.
  23. ^'Citrix 2016 Annual Report'(PDF) (PDF). Citrix. December 31, 2016. p. F-31. Retrieved 26 July 2017.
  24. ^An issue was discovered in Citrix Application Delivery Controller (ADC) and Gateway 10.5, 11.1, 12.0, 12.1, and 13.0. They allow Directory Traversal.

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