F5 APPLICATION READY NETWORK GUIDE
CITRIX PRESENTATION SERVER
Citrix and F5 Networks allow enterprises to take full advantage of their network deployments by providing a solution that enhances scalability
and availability of applications on the network. This solution reduces confi guration complexity, and is easy to manage, reducing the total cost of
F5 Networks’ BIG-IP® product, an application delivery networking device, adds signifi cant value to a Citrix® Presentation Server® (formerly
MetaFrame®) Web interface extension implementation. When deployed together, the BIG-IP product provides organizations the solution they
need to deploy mission-critical enterprise applications in a highly available and scalable confi guration.
The F5 FirePass SSL VPN extends secure access to this highly available, optimally performing network to remote users. With the FirePass controller,
employees or partners can access resources from any device in any location as easily and securely as from within the corporate LAN. The FirePass
provides secure Web-based access to Citrix Presentation Server devices and supports automatic downloading and installation of the correct
Terminal Services remote-platform client component, if it is not currently installed on the remote device.
Providing high availability, increased uptime and scalability for servers and applications is critical for both large and small companies. Since Citrix
Presentation Server deployments offer a centralized computing platform, enterprises need to ensure reliable access to these critical systems.
For sites with remote users, that maintain just one ISP connection they are challenged with a point of failure that can sever access for all users
when ISP lines fail or become over saturated.
Another challenge for sites using Citrix MetaFrame’s Web interface is overcoming the inability to direct end user requests across an array of
available Web interface servers. The workload is not evenly distributed among the resources, it do