Citrix SD-WAN Platforms

Citrix SD-WAN VPX Standard Edition

Citrix SD-WAN Standard Edition is a virtual Citrix SD-WAN appliance that can be hosted on Citrix XenServer, VMware ESX or ESXi, Microsoft Hyper-V, and Amazon AWS-virtualization platforms. An SD-WAN VPX appliance supports most of the features of a physical Standard Edition or WANOP appliances.

Because SD-WAN SE Edition VPX is a virtual machine, you can deploy your choice of hardware, exactly where you need it, and in combination it with other virtual machines – servers, VPN units, or other appliances – to create a unit that precisely suits your needs.

SD-WAN Standard Edition VPX software is available as:

  • A Xen virtual machine running under XenServer 6.5 SP1.
  • A VMware vSphere virtual machine running under ESX/ESXi 5.5, 6.0, and 6.5.

When a newly installed SD-WAN SE VPX virtual machine is up and running, you configure as you would configure a physical SD-WAN SE appliance, using the same configuration screens.

Differences between WANOP VPX and Physical SD-WAN WANOP Appliances

An SD-WAN WANOP VPX virtual appliance is similar to an SD-WAN Repeater 8500 series appliance, including support for the SD-WAN Plug-in and links of up to 45 mbps. Following are the key differences:

  • Except for Amazon EC2 instances, licensing via remote license servers is mandatory for retail licenses. Local licensing is available for non-retail licenses, such as evaluation and VPX Express licenses. For Amazon EC2 instances, you can use either Citrix licensing or select a product with built-in licensing for the bandwidth limit you desire (2, 10, 20, or 45 Mbps).
  • SD-WAN VPX obtains its SD-WAN Plug-in licenses from the remote license server (except for SD-WAN VPX for Amazon Web Services, which does not support Plug-ins). Plug-ins connecting to multiple virtual appliances consume only a single Plug-in license, not one license per appliance, as long as all virtual appliances use the same license server.
  • The SD-WAN LCD front-panel display is not supported.
  • The RS-232 serial command interface is not supported.
  • Multiple accelerated bridges are not supported.
  • Ethernet bypass cards are not supported.
  • Group mode is not supported.
  • SD-WAN High-availability mode is not supported. (XenServer high availability and vSphere high availability are supported.)
  • Three ports are supported (apA.1, apA.2, and Primary), except for Amazon Web Services instances, which support only a single port.

For step-by-step instructions on installing and deploying an SD-WAN VPX-SE, see the following:

Citrix SD-WAN VPX Standard Edition