Netscaler features

I have a need for a load balancing appliance or software in my environment for use with VMWare View. Currently in my lab I am testing Netscaler VPX. I only have a limited load balancing scenario in place, but it seems to work well.

It does seem to me that the Netscaler product will do more than just this so I am looking for other features that it might have.  Here's what I would like to do.  Can someone tell me if Netscaler will do these and which version would I have to get?

1. Two load balancing scenarios: the first to View Security servers for outside people connecting to View environment and a second load balancing scenario to View connection servers directly for inside users.

2. I need to do URL redirection on incoming traffic.  Currently we are using an ASA firewall to allow the traffic in, but since the ASA can't parse out a URL that may be attempting to access inside resources we route that traffic to an old ISA server for the parsing step which then routes the traffic to the correct inside server.

3. We have users on remote networks that are "inside" where we have to point their IE to our proxy server so that their web traffic comes to my network for filtering, etc. We are currently doing that on a web filtering appliance that I really want to move to the cloud, so I need a new proxy server for IE to land on.

I would like responses only from experts who have actually used Netscsaler.

Thanx...
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FideliusCommented:
Hello,

1. Both loadbalancing scenarios are possible with Netscaler, any Netscaler version will do.

2. You can use Netscaler as reverse proxy instead of ISA. Here is good example how to do it: http://blog.millard.org/2014/02/http-reverse-proxy-using-citrix.html

3. You can do it with Netscaler: http://blogs.citrix.com/2010/02/25/netscaler-feature-of-the-day-deploy-as-a-forward-proxy/

Here you can find additional documentation and configuration guides: http://support.citrix.com/proddocs/topic/netscaler/ns-gen-netscaler10-5-wrapper-con.html

Latest Netscaler version is 10.5, so I suggest you stick to it. It is long enough out, so it is pretty stable.

Regards!
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jhyieslaAuthor Commented:
Thanx for the pertinent info.  I'll review the links you posted.
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jhyieslaAuthor Commented:
Do you know if the "free" Netscaler VPX one would do all of the above?  I know the appliances are probably more robust, but not sure if I need that or not.
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FideliusCommented:
Yes, it is possible as all features are supported, but be aware of throughput limitation:
http://blogs.citrix.com/2011/02/01/free-netscaler-vpx-1-year-license/

Regards!
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jhyieslaAuthor Commented:
Thanx so much for the info.
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