Product Documentation

Features and Solutions

Jun 17, 2018

NetScaler Management and Analytics Service (NetScaler MA Service) is compatible with most of the features that are available with the on-premises version of NetScaler MAS. This document describes the features that are supported on the service.

The following table describes the features that are available on NetScaler MA Service:

Feature Description

Application Analytics and Management feature of NetScaler MA Service strengthens the application-centric approach to help you address various application delivery challenges. This approach gives you visibility into the health scores of applications, helps you determine the security risks, and helps you detect anomalies in the application traffic flows and take corrective actions.

  • Application Performance Analytics: App Score is the product of a scoring system that defines how well an application is performing. It shows whether the application is performing well in terms of responsiveness, is not vulnerable to threats, and has all systems up and running.
  • Application Security Analytics: The App Security Dashboard provides a holistic view of the security status of your applications. For example, it shows key security metrics such as security violations, signature violations, threat indexes. App Security dashboard also displays attack related information such as SYN attacks, small window attacks, and DNS flood attacks for the discovered NetScaler instances.
  • Advanced Analytics: The Advanced Analytics feature provides an easy and scalable solution for monitoring and troubleshooting applications that are delivered through NetScaler ADC and NetScaler Gateway appliances. Advanced Analytics not only monitors all the levels of application transactions, but also uses machine learning techniques to define normal traffic patterns in your network and detect anomalies. This reduces the overall turnaround time and improves the overall application uptime.

StyleBooks simplify the task of managing complex NetScaler configurations for your applications. A StyleBook is a template that you can use to create and manage NetScaler configurations. You can create a StyleBook for configuring a specific feature of NetScaler, or you can design a StyleBook to create configurations for an enterprise application deployment such as Microsoft Exchange or Skype for Business.

Enables you to manage the NetScaler ADC, NetScaler Gateway, NetScaler Secure Web Gateway, and NetScaler SD-WAN instances.

Note: Currently, NetScaler MA Service supports only the WAN Optimization functionality for NetScaler SD-WAN instances.

Events represent occurrences of events or errors on a managed NetScaler instance.  For example, when there is a system failure or change in configuration, an event is generated and recorded on NetScaler MA Service. Following are the related features that you can configure or view by using NetScaler MA Service:

NetScaler MA Service streamlines every aspect of certificate management for you. Through a single console, you can establish automated policies to ensure the right issuer, key strength, and correct algorithms, while keeping close tabs on certificates that are unused or soon to expire.

NetScaler MA Service allows you to create configuration jobs that help you perform configuration tasks, such as creating entities, configuring features, replication of configuration changes, system upgrades, and other maintenance activities with ease on multiple instances. Configuration jobs and templates simplify the most repetitive administrative tasks to a single task on NetScaler MA Service.

Enables you to monitor and identify anomalies in the configurations across your instances.

You can optimize resource usage by monitoring your network reporting on NetScaler MA Service. 

Provides an easy and scalable way to look in to the various insights of the NetScaler instances’ data to describe, predict, and improve application performance. You can use one or more analytics features simultaneously.

  • HDX Insight: Provides end-to end visibility for ICA traffic passing through NetScaler ADC. HDX Insight enables administrators to view real-time client and network latency metrics, historical reports, end-to-end performance data, and troubleshoot performance issues.
  • Web Insight: Provides visibility into enterprise web applications. It allows IT administrators to monitor all web applications served by the NetScaler ADC by providing integrated and real-time monitoring of applications. Web Insight processes data from NetScaler ADC using an approximation algorithm. It provides top 1,000 records of the metrics related to the web applications in your enterprise.
  • Gateway Insight: Provides visibility into the failures that users encounter when logging on, regardless of the access mode. You can view a list of users logged on at a given time, along with the number of active users, number of active sessions, and bytes and licenses used by all users at any given time.
  • Security Insight: Provides a single-pane solution to help you assess your application security status and take corrective actions to secure your applications.
  • SSl Insight: Provides visibility into secure transactions on the web (HTTPs). It allows IT administrators to monitor all web applications served by the NetScaler ADC by providing integrated, real-time, and historic monitoring of web transactions. SSL insight processes data from NetScaler ADC using an approximation algorithm. It provides top 1,000 records of the metrics related to the web transactions in your enterprise.

Role Based Access Control (RBAC) allows you to grant access permissions based on the roles of individual users within your enterprise. The first user of an organization who logs on with Citrix Cloud credentials has the super admin role who, by default, has all access permissions. The other users of that organization, who are later created by the admin, are granted non-admin roles.

Provides a dashboard view of the subscriptions that you have purchased. While on trial period, every tenant by default has a license for 10 virtual IP addresses and 5GB storage. 

The NetScaler MAS features that are currently not available on NetScaler MA Service are as follows:

  • Deployment 
    • Migrating from NetScaler Insight Center to NetScaler MA Service
    • Integrating NetScaler MA Service with Citrix XenDesktop Director
  • Networks 
    • Support for NetScaler SD-WAN EE
    • Backup and Restore of NetScaler Instances
    • Physical downloads of backups from NetScaler instances
    • Physical download of SSL Cert/Key Download from NetScaler instances
    • NetScaler VPX CICO Licensing
    • NetScaler Pooled Capacity
  • Analytics: TCP Insight, Video Insight, and WAN Insight
  • Limited System Settings 
  • Orchestration 
    • Integration with OpenStack and VMware NSX Manager
    • NetScaler Automation in Cisco ACI’s Hybrid Mode
    • Container Orchestration: Integration with Mesos/Marathon and Kubernetes