Citrix NetScaler application delivery solutions combine the features and functions of traditional data center point products - load balancing, caching, compression, SSL acceleration, and attack defense - into a single network appliance, built from the ground up to maximize the performance of mission-critical applications.

The Citrix NetScaler LB are built on Citrix’s patented Request Switching™ architecture, the industry’s only wire-speed technology that handles every application request based on powerful user-defined policies. The Citrix NetScaler application-aware policy engine, AppExpert™, allows the creation of detailed policy-based decisions for individual requests, irrespective of connections. AppExpert lets administrators build sophisticated application request handling policies that enable powerful, comprehensive application-based features.

Figure 1 : The NetScaler architecture

As business entities have begun to rely enormously on the Citrix NetScaler solutions to deliver service continuity and to ensure the secure transaction of business, the smooth functioning of the NetScaler appliance has become super-critical in Citrix infrastructures today. The Citrix NetScaler LB provides the ability to load-balance the services delivered by the NetScaler appliance in the environment. Since service delivery delays, inefficiencies, and failures can cause prolonged service outages and cost an enterprise money and reputation, the continuous operation and good health of the Citrix NetScaler LB is of great importance. Therefore, round-the-clock monitoring of the Citrix NetScaler LB becomes imperative. This is where eG Enterprise helps administrators!