NetScaler BLX

NetScaler BLX is one of the software form factors of NetScaler. It can run natively on bare-metal Linux on commercial off-the-shelf servers (COTS).

NetScaler is an application delivery controller that performs application-specific traffic analysis to intelligently distribute, optimize, and secure Layer 4-Layer 7 (L4–L7) network traffic for web applications. For example, NetScaler load balances decisions on individual HTTP requests instead of long-lived TCP connections. For more information, see Understanding NetScaler.

Why NetScaler BLX?

The following are the benefits of using BLX:

  • Cloud-ready - BLX provides day-zero support for running on the cloud. BLX does not require any certifications to run on the cloud because it runs as a software application on Linux virtual machines provisioned on the cloud.

  • Easy-management - You can use the standard tools of the Linux operating system to monitor and manage BLX. You can also easily plug in BLX to an existing orchestration setup.

  • Seamless third-party tools integration - You can seamlessly integrate open-source tools supported for Linux environments with BLX. There is no need to develop separate plug-ins for each integration.

  • Coexistence of other applications - BLX runs as a software application. Other Linux applications can also run on the same host.

  • DPDK support - BLX supports Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) integration for better performance. BLX uses the DPDK open-source library to improve performance and overcome the Linux kernel bottleneck in packet processing.

NetScaler BLX