Cloud Networking

Advances in the availability of cloud ready, next generation networks are driving a transformation in datacentre design, and challenging businesses to look at their future requirements as hybrid cloud models become de-facto.

The need for application aware network elasticity, horizontal scale and secure connectivity via cloud service brokers to multiple providers and services means legacy networking solutions are not sufficient to support the desired migration towards ITaaS for many customers.

At ShapeBlue our extensive experience in designing and building cloud architectures, and our work with many eco-system partners including critical storage, compute and networking layers positions us at the centre of this transformation with relevant, recent examples of best practice deployments in the field.

Our cloud networking practice brings the same levels of design and build expertise we apply to orchestration solutions to the critical networking components required to maintain agility, competitiveness and innovation in a rapidly evolving landscape.

Citrix NetScaler

As fully accredited and authorized Citrix CSA partners, and recognized leaders in deploying CloudStack & Citrix CloudPlatform clouds, we are uniquely positioned to bring the integration’s and enhancements that NetScaler brings to Cloud platforms.

ShapeBlue are experts in the design and deployment of the following Netscaler platforms

Our approach

 All deployments are unique, with differing timescales, business objectives and budgets. We understand that, so will seek first to understand your specific requirements through business and technology assessment workshops.

 A typical cloud networking engagement would comprise some or all of the following phases, dependent on client requirements:

 Requirement gathering and assessment

  •  What is the context of the project?
  • Who are the business sponsors?
  • What are the principle deliverables and timescales?
  • What is the technology landscape?
  • What resource is available?

Proof of concept (if required)

  • Pre-PoC application analysis to understand your application architecture, traffic flows and user actions
  • Initial recording of application performance baseline metrics for comparison on completion of PoC
  • Definition and agreement of Success Criteria for the PoC
  • Installation and configuration of one or more Citrix NetScaler product(s) and feature-set to achieve the agreed and stated capabilities with the configuration described
  • Initial Operational Acceptance Testing of the NetScaler integration with client management environment
  • End-user functionality testing of target application(s) to ensure expected behavior is maintained or achieved
  • Recording of application performance metrics post-installation of Citrix NetScaler


Consultancy engagement

  •  Typical deliverables are analyses of the requirement gathering phase, in conjunction with our service delivery team and lead consultant
  • A high-level design that is a component-dependency description of the target platform
  • A low-level design that describes the platform we have built during the engagement. This is includes the detailed configuration settings of the NetScaler systems to enable them to be easily reproduced
  • Low level system setup and implementation e.g.: Admin AAA, – Syslog / app flow, NTP setup
  •  Relevant configurations with advanced monitoring as required, e.g.: Cloud Bridging, SSL Offload, GSLB configuration, Performance tuning, Basic setup and testing of Integrated Caching
  • Functional test with a validation of the requirements / success criteria
  • Documentation ‘as built’

Handover into production

Technical and procedural handover for licensing management, hardware maintenance and in-life support/escalations.

Education

Assessment of internal resource training requirements (if required)