How Citrix SD-WAN helped AgriFish provide better Connectivity at Sea

How Citrix SD-WAN helped AgriFish provide better Connectivity at Sea

The Danish AgriFish Agency, which oversees the Danish agricultural and fishing industries, is responsible for promoting the growth and responsible management of Danish natural resources. The agency works closely with farmers, fisheries, researchers, organizations and other governmental agencies to support its mandate. As part of its oversight responsibilities, the Danish AgriFish agency relies on a fleet of agency ships to inspect fishing activities in Danish territorial waters.

The problem that AgriFish encountered was the weak mobile coverage at sea, which the crew needed to access applications such as Microsoft Office as to communicate with those on land.  This forced them to have to go closer to shore to get enough reception, which was counter productive as they left the area of inspection most of the time.  This does not event factor in them manually managing their mobile connections as they had no visibility on what connections were functioning properly.

So how did they solve these issues?

They were soon introduced to Citrix NetScaler SD-WAN.  This solution helped them aggregate all their links so that instead of manually checking each link for the best connection, it would check each link and see which connection was best to use at the time, making sure each links were active rather than passive.  Combined with another Citrix solution, XenDesktop and XenApp, end users were able to remotely access their applications without and noticeable performance problems.

“Only one month after we went into production, the benefits were very obvious,” says Bjarne Lund, team manager for infrastructure development at AgriFish. “NetScaler SD-WAN consolidates multiple connections, so now the control vessel can make use of 3G/4G/LTE from all four cellular suppliers and satellite at the same time. The mobile coverage is increased dramatically.”

To learn more on how we can help you provide better connectivity to your remote sites, you may contact us at 893-9515 and we would be happy to answer your inquiries!

Simplify your Business Networks with Citrix SD-WAN!

Simplify your Business Networks with Citrix SD-WAN!

You may have heard by now of the new technology that’s been getting a lot of buzz over the past years, software-defined WAN or SD-WAN.  This exciting technology enables organizations to reduce network complexity and cost while improving flexibility, security, availability, and visibility.  Citrix has made use of this technology and improved on the concept into what is now known as Citrix SD-WAN.

Citrix SD-WAN builds reliable WAN from different network links such as MPLS, broadband, 4G LTE, Satellite, etc.  It also is able to constantly monitor the condition of every link with its unique per-packet selection algorithm which also makes use of instant path selection decisions as each packet comes into the SD-WAN for transmission.  In turn, results in having the best path chosen at each given moment.  When users or the applications they use request for more bandwidth, Citrix SD-WAN can distribute the traffic using all available links which creates a secure virtual path through the aggregation of all of the individual links, so no link stays passive.

When your network has issues with bandwidth usage, the improvement of performance that users will see is not only felt through more bandwidth, but through the enablement of QoS control over link types that don’t usually provide QoS such as the internet.

Some key features in which Citrix SD-WAN can simplify your business network:

Centralized management and configuration of all devices. leveraging the use of templates for WAN, QoS and Firewall configurations. No more logging into each branch router to add a QoS rule or access-list for a new application – you just add to a global template and it’s automatically updated on all branches.

Zero Touch Deployment (ZTD). It makes a huge difference in large scale deployments. The branch appliances can automatically connect to the Citrix ZTD service in the cloud and download the required configuration, licenses, and software updates. No need to login to the appliance, just plug the cables. All controlled from the central management and secured by built-in authentication.

Improved visibility. Since all traffic passes through SD-WAN, it can give you a much deeper understanding of what is going on in the network, up to the application-level with its built-in DPI (Deep Packet Inspection) capabilities. Not only will you get visibility into the most used applications, it can also provide application-level QoE (Quality of Experience) measurements.

To learn more about Citrix SD-WAN, you can check out our Citrix Product page here or contact us directly at 893-9515 and we will be happy to answer your inquiries!