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What is Citrix Gateway?

What is Citrix Gateway? To answer this question, we first need to answer another: What is a gateway? A gateway is a device designed to provide data communication between a remote network and a local network. In short, users can access remote networks anywhere in the world by using a gateway. A gateway is one of the numerous ways our data is transferred over the Internet.  

A gateway provides communication to a remote network or an independent system that is out of bounds for the current network users. Gateways are the entry and exit points of a network. Any incoming or outcoming data must first go through the gateway to use routing paths. Usually, a router device is configured to work as a gateway in computer networks. 

Citrix Gateway is a solution requiring unique hardware and a software license. It can be deployed on-premises or on any hybrid or public clouds, such as Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services™ (AWS), Google Cloud, or Citrix Cloud Platform. It offers users server load balancing, single sign-on, and secure access to all the virtual, Software as a Service (SaaS), and web applications assigned to them from their organizations/services. 

Citrix Gateway and Citrix Access Control 

Since it includes the word “gateway,” you would expect all the features of a gateway, such as a server load balancing, enhanced security policies, webfiltering policies for Internet users, user behavior analytics, and moreHowever, this isn’t the case; Citrix expects you also to implement Citrix Access Control to manage all the features of a gateway. 

Better Alternative 

If you’re looking into Citrix Gateway, you are probably considering Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops to deliver applications and desktops. In that case, you might be interested in reading more about Parallels® Remote Application Server (RAS), the best alternative to provide high-performance UX at a fraction of the cost compared to Citrix. 

Parallels RAS allows organizations to leverage existing investments into Citrix infrastructures, such as Citrix Hypervisor (formerly XenServerand Citrix ADC (formerly Netscaler). Either integrate your existing gateways or install and configure your Parallels RAS Gateway on a physical or virtual machinewithout purchasing additional add-ons. Parallels RAS offers every feature out of the box, from remote applications up to virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) or remote PC. Including built-in high availability load balancing with the option to add a server (HALB) to quickly implement more servers/users in your infrastructure without worrying about extra costs. 

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