Citrix and Arista Networks Team Up to Deliver Cloud Scale Networking

To address the explosive scale of networking requirements within Cloud Services, Citrix Systems (NASDAQ:CTXS) and Arista Networks – founded by industry veterans Andy Bechtolsheim and David Cheriton – today announced that they are working together to deliver cloud networking solutions for large datacenter and cloud service provider environments. As part of this partnership, the two companies will test and integrate the Citrix NetScaler® VPX™ virtual appliance with the Arista 7000 series switch. This achievement marks a key milestone in a partnership to deliver a cloud networking solution marrying wire-rate, high density 10G switching with proven L4-7 application delivery services.

In addition, Arista Networks has joined the Citrix Ready™ partner program, which helps customers identify third-party solutions that add the greatest value to the Citrix Delivery Center™ and Citrix Cloud Center (C3)™ product families. Demonstrating the strength of the Citrix and Arista partnership, the two companies are co-sponsoring an upcoming seminar, titled “Cloud Computing: Your Apps are Ready, How About your Network?” Headlining this high-profile event are industry veterans from Citrix and Arista, including Klaus Oestermann, general manager and group vice president of the NetScaler Product Group at Citrix and Jayshree Ullal, president and CEO of Arista. In addition, leading experts from NetApp, Yahoo, Dell and others will share their insights on cloud computing during an interactive panel discussion. The seminar will be held on June 30 at 2:00 p.m. (PDT) at the W Hotel in San Francisco. To register for the event, please visit the Citrix website.

“Our upcoming June 30 seminar with Arista Networks will outline how to successfully build private and standardized clouds for secure, high-performance application delivery,” said Klaus Oestermann, vice president and general manager of the NetScaler Product Group at Citrix Systems. “We are excited to be working with Arista Networks to define important, emerging standards for cloud networking solutions. NetScaler VPX is a revolutionary technology enabling critical application delivery services to be deployed throughout datacenter and cloud networks.”

The NetScaler VPX virtual appliance provides the same application acceleration, availability and security capabilities as the industry-leading Citrix NetScaler MPX™ hardware appliances that power most of the largest websites in the world. Because the NetScaler VPX is available in a flexible, portable software-based form factor, however, it can be run as a virtual machine on standard servers as part of distributed cloud computing fabric or even incorporated into other high-performance networking solutions. The Arista platform delivers best-of-breed 10 gigabit Ethernet switching and supports the integration of software modules via its service agent, which runs within Arista’s extensible operating system (EOS). As a result of this combined approach, cloud customers will benefit from faster application performance and tighter security as well as a reduction in overall network latency.

About the Citrix Ready Program

The Citrix Ready program identifies verified solutions that are trusted to enhance the Citrix Delivery Center™ product family, the company’s end-to-end infrastructure for application delivery. The Delivery Center includes Citrix® XenApp™, Citrix® XenDesktop™, Citrix® XenServer™ and Citrix® NetScaler®. The Citrix Ready designation is awarded to third party products that have successfully met verification criteria set by Citrix, and gives customers an added confidence in the compatibility of the joint solution offering. Citrix Ready leverages industry-leading alliances and partner eco-systems, to create solutions designed to meet various customer needs. The program incorporates over 2800 partners and who have demonstrated more than 9600 product verifications. Citrix earned industry recognition for the program earlier this year with its win of the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals (ASAP) 2009 Alliance Excellence Award, because of its ability to create a strong community of alliances through implementation of new, innovative best practices. More information about the Citrix Ready program can be found on the Citrix website. Citrix Systems » Citrix Ready Program

About Citrix Systems, Inc.

Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTXS) is a leading provider of virtualization, networking and software-as-a-service (SaaS) technologies for more than 230,000 organizations worldwide. Its Citrix Delivery Center, Citrix Cloud Center (C3) and Citrix Online Services product families radically simplify computing for millions of users, delivering applications as an on-demand service to any user, in any location on any device. Citrix customers include the world’s largest Internet companies, 99 percent of Fortune Global 500 enterprises, and hundreds of thousands of small businesses and prosumers worldwide. Citrix partners with over 10,000 companies worldwide in more than 100 countries. Founded in 1989, annual revenue in 2008 was $1.6 billion.

About Arista Networks

Arista Networks was founded to deliver cloud networking solutions for large datacenter and computing environments. Arista offers best-of-breed 10 Gigabit Ethernet switches that redefine scalability, robustness, and price-performance. At the core of Arista's platform is the Extensible Operating System (EOS™), a pioneering new software architecture with self-healing and live in-service software upgrade capabilities. Arista's team is comprised of experienced management and engineering talent from leading networking companies. Arista markets its products worldwide through distribution partners, systems integrators and resellers with a strong dedication to partner and customer success. For more information, please visit or contact Arista at or 650-462-5000.

For Citrix Investors

This release contains forward-looking statements which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements do not constitute guarantees of future performance. Those statements involve a number of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, including risks associated with products, their development, integration and distribution, product demand and pipeline, customer acceptance of new products, economic and competitive factors, Citrix’s key strategic relationships, acquisition and related integration risks as well as other risks detailed in Citrix’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Citrix assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking information contained in this press release or with respect to the announcements described herein.

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