Citrix Speeds Mobile Application Delivery with NetApp All Flash FAS
Faster, more reliable development test results accelerate time to market for new software versions and features.
“Introducing NetApp all-flash arrays into our software development process has reduced storage latency up to tenfold, enabling us to significantly increase the number of tests we can run and the accuracy of our results,” said Satish Sambandham, Senior Manager, Product Development for Citrix. “NetApp all-flash arrays give our engineering team the scale-out capacity, performance, and non-disruptive operations we need to deliver new features in our flagship XenApp and XenDesktop product lines with utmost speed and quality.”
Citrix is a global technology leader with more than 300,000 customers world¬wide that use its software to drive produc¬tivity and improve quality of life for workers around the globe. Citrix constantly improves and updates its products to deliver value to customers. However, manual testing of software was time consuming. Citrix wanted to improve efficiency and move further into DevOps by introducing new capabilities for automation.
Citrix needed a solution that could support automated testing on a large scale, drive down latency and would work well with the Citrix XenServer and NFS shared storage. The company evaluated a variety of flash storage solutions and ultimately chose NetApp® [NASDAQ: NTAP] because of its performance, flexibility, rich data management features, and the relationship between the two companies. The team deployed FlexPod® converged infrastructure with NetApp® All Flash FAS storage systems running the clustered Data ONTAP® operating system for non-disruptive operations.
Immediately after installing the AFF storage system, Citrix noticed a drastic improvement. The team can now run up to 125 tests in parallel, and with increased frequency. Testing at scale is consistent, fast, and reliable, and tests no longer need to be extended or repeated.
With its new solution, Citrix can:
- Reduce test completion time by 20–30% with submillisecond latency
- Reclaim valuable developer time by providing reliable test results more quickly
- Be positioned to achieve its goal for increasing automation coverage
- Consume up to 80% less storage with deduplication