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How Citrix Is Using The C3 Cloud Lab To Demonstrate The Feasibility Of Application Virtualization And Data Delivery


This blueprint documents how Citrix is using the Citrix C3 lab to demonstrate the feasibility of application virtualization and data delivery from the cloud. The datacenter or premise infrastructure is located at Citrix Labs in Santa Clara. The Citrix C3 lab is running in Amazon Web Services EC2. A Vyatta site-to-site SSL VPN connects the two. Citrix Branch Repeater/WANScaler makes the data delivery fast, Vyatta makes it secure. The mechanics and workflow are documented in the blueprint below.

This page describes the Citrix technologies used to create this demo environment and is a compelling example of how ISV”s and Enterprises can setup similar demo environments using Citrix XenApp in the cloud.

Technical Overview

In this scenario, there are a number of key requirements/problems to solve.

  • Deliver data, stored at the home datacenter or premise, to the application in the cloud, quickly and securely.
  • Deliver data & applications from the cloud, quickly and securely.
  • Leverage as many Citrix cloud enabling technologies as possible.

This blueprint demonstrates a complete end-to-end network from the datacenter to the cloud. Citrixlabs in Santa Clara is built on XenServer technology, while Amazon EC2 runs on Xen. Between the datacenter and the Amazon EC2 cloud is a site-to-site SSL VPN built with Vyatta. On the XenApp server in the cloud runs the Citrix Accelerator which connects back to the Citrix Branch Repeater/WANScaler at the datacenter, to accelerate data connections. The Citrix Accelerator makes cloud computing fast, Vyatta makes it secure.

At the core of the demo environment is Citrix XenApp. All of the demo applications that the end user accesses remotely are delivered from XenApp in the cloud. The data, stored on premise at the datacenter, is delivered securely across the SSL VPN to the application, and then back out to the user.

In this particular demo, a 5Mb file is pulled from the datacenter, delivered to the application in the cloud and back out to the end user, in 3 seconds.

Locating and Starting Citrix AMI”s:

To learn more and to read the entire article at its source, please refer to the following page, C3 Cloud Bridge- Citrix Developer Network

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