Product Documentation

CloudBridge VPX

Oct 18, 2013

Citrix CloudBridge VPX is a virtual Citrix CloudBridge appliance that can be hosted on Citrix XenServer, VMware ESX or ESXi, Microsoft Hyper-V, and Amazon AWS- virtualization platforms. A CloudBridge VPX appliance supports most of the features of a physical Repeater 8500 series appliance.

Because CloudBridge VPX is a virtual machine, you can deploy on 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.

CloudBridge VPX software is available as:
  • A Xen virtual machine running under XenServer 5.5 and later.
  • A VMware vSphere virtual machine running under ESX/ESXi 4.1.
  • A Hyper-V virtual machine under 64-bit Windows 2008 R2 SP1.
  • An Amazon EC2 instance.
Note: XenServer and VMware vSphere support VLAN trunking, but Hyper-V does not.

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

Differences between VPX and Physical CloudBridge Appliances

A CloudBridge VPX virtual appliance is similar to a Repeater 8500 series appliance, including support for the CloudBridge 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).
  • CloudBridge VPX obtains its CloudBridge Plug-in licenses from the remote license server (except for CloudBridge VPX for Amazon AWS, 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, provided that all virtual appliances use the same license server.
  • The CloudBridge 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.
  • CloudBridge High-availability mode is not supported. (XenServer HA and vSphere HA are supported.)
  • Three ports are supported (apA.1, apA.2, and Primary), except for Amazon AWS instances, which support only a single port.