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Melanie_Christi's avatar
Historic F5 Account
Mar 08, 2011

Looking for Centralized Access for Citrix Apps?

F5 Simplifies and Centralizes Access Management for Citrix Applications



Check out our short video (Less than 4 minutes) as well as our deployment guide



Customers can consolidate and centralize authentication and access control for simpler and more predictable access management across all virtual desktop environments, including Citrix, Microsoft, and VMware based deployments.



Many enterprise organizations face the challenge of supporting an increasingly distributed workforce. The profusion of new intelligent clients—from smart phones to tablet devices—requires organizations to scale application environments and accommodate multiple access methods.



For example, in a local Citrix XenApp environment where traditional client devices connect directly to the LAN, Citrix Web Interface servers handle user authentication and authorization. Adding remote users and mobile devices would typically require reconfiguring existing Web Interface servers, or adding and administering additional Web Interface instances to handle remote access. In either case, customers would need to deploy a Citrix Access Gateway solution and manage the Citrix Secure Ticket Authority (STA) service to provide authentication and grant user access. However, the introduction of Citrix support helps F5 customers avoid this added complexity.



F5 customers can now use BIG-IP APM or BIG-IP Edge Gateway to consolidate access control in a central location, keeping infrastructure administration concerns to a minimum. With BIG-IP solutions, customers enable the flexibility and scalability needed to extend Citrix applications to both local and remote users without changing local XenApp deployments or requiring STA to provide secure remote access to applications.



Highlights of deploying Citrix and F5 technologies together include:



Reduced Management Time and OpEx – By simplifying and centralizing local and remote access authentication, BIG-IP solutions eliminate the need for customers to add separate Citrix STA infrastructure or make changes to existing Web Interface servers, resulting in an environment that is less expensive to deploy and requires less time to manage.



Simplified Configuration and Deployment – With BIG-IP solutions, administrators can support users of Citrix applications with fewer devices, configure deployments to support flexible access models, and easily scale the environment. This fully integrated functionality makes it quick and easy for customers to set up and deploy local and remote access capabilities for Citrix applications, keeping users productive.



Centralized and Comprehensive Access Control – Unlike the separate Citrix products required to adequately support applications for remote users, BIG-IP solutions provide centralized application access control and use a single access policy to support all types of users securely, so IT teams can be confident that application access is aligned with the organizations’ specific business priorities and security policies.



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BIG-IP Edge Gateway



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  • Melanie_Christi's avatar
    Historic F5 Account
    Interested in configuring load balancing for a Citrix XenApp environment?



    5 Minute Video w/ Dell Tech Center showing how to use F5 iApp to configure load balancing of a Citrix XenApp environment.




    For more information on F5 iApps, check out our White Paper