It will also be included with NetScaler Platinum Edition on the NetScaler SDX, MPX or VPX appliance platforms.
Cloud Bridge works at Layer 2, making the cloud services appear to be part of the network. By supporting multiple clouds, it avoids lock-in.
The product brings to bear multiple technologies, including traffic management, tunnels (for security), and network acceleration techniques (including caching) that reduce latency and optimise the bandwidth of the network connection between enterprise and cloud.
It also opens the possibility of keeping sensitive data such as directories (as in Active Directory) and files and databases inside the data centre, while computation is performed in the cloud. Company officials demonstrated such a split environment, showing SugarCRM running in Rackspace's public cloud yet accessing data stored in Citrix's data centre.