Citrix Branch Repeater - Enterprise Edition
Product Overview
Optimized branch application delivery from
Citrix Delivery Center with local branch services
Key benefits
Application staging
• Stage and accelerate Citrix
XenApp streamed applications
• Cache Web content with
optional Microsoft ISA Server
Web caching
Application acceleration
• LAN-like performance for
branch applications delivered
over the WAN
• Dynamic, network-aware
tuning of optimizations
• Industry-leading compression
reduces bandwidth
consumption
No-compromise server
consolidation
• Local IT infrastructure services
• Branch productivity during
WAN outages
The branch is often the public face of the enterprise. Retail, financial services, healthcare, education,
and government sectors rely on the branch to serve customers. Enterprises wishing to offer better
customer service and achieve higher branch user productivity increase the dependence of their branches
on information technology. IT administrators are challenged to meet the needs of the ever-growing
population of branch IT users while pursuing infrastructure optimization initiatives that centralize
applications, data, and servers to lower IT operating costs and meet data security mandates. And IT
consolidation initiatives that reduce the cost of servicing branches can impose a productivity penalty
on branch users due to the realities of the modern Wide Area Network (WAN). At one time, the branch
WAN link carried only static enterprise data on a dedicated circuit. Today it must support rich enterprise
applications in the often-hazardous conditions caused by the proliferation of Internet-based WAN services.
And if all local servers are removed, the branch can become a desert island during WAN outages.
Citrix Branch Repeater Enterprise Edition, a comprehensive branch solution, can optimize application
delivery from Citrix Delivery Center and beyond, while simultaneously providing key native Windows®
branch infrastructure services. Paired with Citrix WANScaler™ appliances in the data center, Citrix
Branch Repeater, Enterprise Edition can optimize the staging of application data and speed dynamic
data over the WAN to deliver on the promise of the fully productive branch.
Staging application data
Application Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) can be dramatically reduced with Citrix XenApp™ client-side
application virtualization, also known as application streaming. Combining the benefits of centralized
application deployment with local application isolation and support for offline operation, application
streaming brings more applications to more users. Citrix Branch Repeater, Enterprise Edition can
stage streamed applications in the branch, speeding application installation and maintenance.
WAN optimization
Citrix Branch Repeater includes proven WAN optimization capabilities that automate all WAN
acceleration mechanisms based on real-time application traffic and network conditions — without
complex manual or static configurations. WAN optimization minimizes the impact of latency on
application performance and maximizes WAN capacity, with adaptive TCP flow control to mitigate TCP
performance penalties from packet loss and re-transmission. Citrix Branch Repeater offers industry-leading
compression technology to reduce link congestion, increase data throughput and accelerate application
response. Citrix’s unique multi-level compression selects optimal compression methods based on
network load conditions, WAN bandwidth and traffic type. Immediate detection and optimization of
application protocols such as CIFS, FTP, NFS and HTTP mitigate protocol inefficiencies by proxying
client-server handshakes, reducing protocol chattiness, and optimizing payload. Faster application
response times and better bandwidth utilization result. Congested link conditions can be easily
managed with Quality of Service (QoS) mechanisms, including ICA®-aware QoS for ensuring the
performance of Citrix XenApp and Citrix XenDesktop™.
Local branch services
Branch infrastructure optimization initiatives often include server, application and data consolidation.
Citrix Branch Repeater can act as the “last server” in the branch by delivering required branch IT
infrastructure services such as file serving, print serving, authentication, authorization, and core
network services such as DHCP and DNS, all provided by the industry’s most reliable and
interoperable operating system: Microsoft® Windows Server.®
Enterprise class features
Powerful Windows management mechanisms
IT infrastructure optimization requires centralized management. Citrix Branch Repeater, Enterprise
Edition offers Windows Management Interface (WMI) providers for WAN optimization functionality that
work in parallel with WMI providers for the operating system. The result is comprehensive, centralized
management of branch service infrastructure. Using solutions such as Microsoft System Center
Operation Manager, an entire enterprise network of Citrix Branch Repeaters can be centrally and
seamlessly managed. Consummate management flexibility is available using WMI scripting under
Windows PowerShell™.
Flexible deployment options and network transparency
For deployment flexibility, Citrix Branch Repeater can join the branch network with in-line, policy-based
routing or WCCP (Web Cache Communication Protocol) modes. Branch Repeater is transparent to
both applications and the network. All accelerated application traffic flows traverse the WAN without
intrusive tunneling technology, which can obscure vital IP and TCP header information. If inline
deployment and high availability requirements demand it, Citrix Branch Repeater is available in
configurations including a Bypass Network Interface Card (NIC) that provides continuous access to
the WAN in the unlikely event of an appliance offline state.
Adaptable to changing business requirements
Citrix Branch Repeater is available in several models and bandwidth upgrades allow for branch and
resulting network bandwidth growth. Branch Repeater may be augmented with customer-installed
management and security agents. Check www.citrix.com/branchrepeater for information on currently
supported agents. For the enterprise branch using the World Wide Web for business processes, the
Web Caching module of the Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server is available as an
option for Citrix Branch Repeater, Enterprise Edition.
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Key features
Application staging and branch services
Application acceleration
Management and deployment
Native Windows services
TCP flow control
Windows user interface
• Print services
• Transparent acceleration
• Microsoft Management Console (MMC)
• File services
• Dynamic optimization
• Windows Management Interface (WMI)
Multi-level compression
• Microsoft System Center 2007
Management Pack
• Distributed File Service (DFS)
• Domain Name Services (DNS)
• Dynamic Host Control Protocol
(DHCP)
• Multiple high-speed compression
algorithms
Deployment modes
• Differential (Delta) compression
• Inline
• Internet Name Service (WINS)
• Active Directory® (AD)
Application protocol optimizations
• Domain Controller
• CIFS
• Policy-based routing (PBR)
• WCCPv2
• FTP
Citrix branch services
• HTTP
• Citrix XenApp streamed application
file staging
• NFS
ICA-aware QoS
Product offerings
Model
Description
100
Citrix Branch Repeater Enterprise Edition, for WAN links up to 1 Mbps
200
Citrix Branch Repeater Enterprise Edition, for WAN links up to 2 Mbps
300
Citrix Branch Repeater Enterprise Edition, for WAN links up to 10 Mbps
Product options
Option
Description
ISA Option
Microsoft ISA Web Caching option for models 100, 200, 300
Bypass NIC Option
Bypass Network Interface Card option for models 100, 200, 300
Platform specifications
Chassis
Dimensions:
Weight:
1.75" (4.5cm) H x 17.25" (43.8cm) W x 11.5" (29.2cm) D
10.8 lbs (4.9 kg)
Power
Wattage 73W typ., 200 W max.
Voltage 100-240 VAC, 50-60 Hz
Operating Ranges
Temperature and Humidity 0-40C; 10%-90%, non-condensing
Non-operating Ranges
Temperature and Humidity -40 to 70C; 5%-95%, non-condensing
Certifications
FCC, CSA, C-Tick, FCC, TUV, CE, CB, RoHS
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Citrix Delivery Center is the first solution on the market with the ability to deliver applications
and desktops to any user, anytime, anywhere from a secure central location. The Citrix Delivery Center™
product family features our primary product lines: Citrix XenApp™ — the new name for Citrix Presentation
Server™ — Citrix® NetScaler®, Citrix XenServer™, Citrix XenDesktop™, and Citrix Workflow Studio™.
Citrix XenApp is the industry’s de facto standard for delivering Windows-based applications enabling the best performance,
security and cost savings. With more than 70 million users and 99 percent of the Fortune Global 500 as customers, it uses
state-of-the-art client- and server-side application virtualization to deliver applications to office and mobile workers from a
secure centralized location.
Citrix NetScaler is a purpose-built Web application delivery solution that accelerates application performance up to five
times while improving security and reducing Web infrastructure costs. It is also the delivery infrastructure of choice for most
of the world’s largest Web sites, touching an estimated 75 percent of all Internet users each day.
Citrix XenServer is an enterprise-class solution for virtualizing application workloads across any number of servers in the
datacenter as a flexible aggregated pool of computing resources. It is the first solution to provision application workloads
across physical and virtual servers making the entire datacenter more dynamic.
Citrix XenDesktop is the industry’s first comprehensive Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solution. It enables simple,
secure and cost effective delivery of Windows desktops to any office worker with an unparalleled user experience.
Citrix Workflow Studio is an orchestration tool that allows administrators to far more easily create and integrate application
delivery processes across Citrix and third-party products, allowing them to work together as a single cohesive system.
The Citrix Delivery Center includes the following solutions which are part of the product lines listed above. These are also
available as standalone options:
•
Citrix Access Gateway™ — for secure application access. Empowers users with easy “anywhere” access and provides
administrators market-leading application-level control.
•
Citrix® Branch Repeater Enterprise Edition™ — for the productive enterprise branch. Deliver optimized applications and
desktops from Citrix Delivery Center™ to branch users integrated with local branch services.
•
Citrix Password Manager™ — for enterprise single sign-on. Improves password security and user productivity with the
industry’s most secure, efficient, and easy-to-deploy enterprise single sign-on solution.
•
Citrix Provisioning Server™ — for datacenter and for desktop systems. Provisioning Server for Datacenters uses
streaming technology to deliver workloads on-demand to physical or virtual servers. Provisioning Server for Desktops
streams operating systems and software on-demand to physical desktops. Centralized system provisioning reduces
operating costs, and improves security, flexibility and reliability.
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Citrix WANScaler™ — for branch and mobile user application delivery. Accelerates application performance over the
WAN by 5 to 30x and deliver LAN-like productivity for WAN-based applications.
About Citrix
Citrix Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:CTXS) is the global leader and the most trusted name in application delivery infrastructure. More than
200,000 organizations worldwide rely on Citrix to deliver any application to users anywhere with the best performance, highest
security and lowest cost. Citrix customers include 100% of the Fortune 100 companies and 99% of the Fortune Global 500, as
well as hundreds of thousands of small businesses and prosumers. Citrix has approximately 6,200 channel and alliance partners
in more than 100 countries. Annual revenue in 2007 was $1.4 billion.
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