With the release of NetScaler 11 the Unified Gateway feature became available. Besides that the Unified Gateway enables companies to create a single point of entry for different types of connection (from full blown VPN to ICA proxy and everything in between) it also comes with a landing page where users can access their (SaaS) applications. This is a great addition to the (already long) list of use-cases for a NetScaler in your network.
Now if there’s something users hate than that’s doing things more than once. So when companies make the (ow so logical) transition from “legacy” Windows applications to SaaS applications, so they no longer have to care about how that application works / runs / updates, the end-user is faced with a number of new challenges:
- Where can I find that new SaaS application?
- Why do I have to logon again?
- Why do I have multiple passwords (that change on different moments)?
This is where the Unified Gateway comes into play, it offers a useful landing page where users can find their applications (hey that sounds familiar!). And since the industry made SAML the de-facto standard for authentication to SaaS applications, that might solve the other two challenges!
Long introduction to why I wanted to write this blog, but here’s how you can achieve a Singe Sign-On (SSO) experience from the NetScaler Unified Gateway to ShareFile using SAML.