At the Citrix iForum 2005 user conference in Edinburgh today, the server based computing supplier said it was working to speed up applications delivered over Citrix-based networks, and to build better security through encryption into its products.
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In his keynote speech, Citrix chief executive Mark Templeton outlined Citrix’s server-based computing model. This is where applications are stored and processed centrally, and end users access them through the network via terminals, tablet PCs and other handheld and mobile devices.
Templeton said, “When we return to the data centre year after year, it’s like going on an archaeological dig. We at Citrix believe the only way to break the cycle is to move to a service [server-based] architecture.”
In April, Citrix launched Citrix Access Suite 4.0, which is now available and incorporates Presentation Server 4.0 for deploying applications to end users; Citrix Access Gateway 4.0 which is an SSL VPN encryption appliance; and Password Manager 4.0, a single sign-on solution.
Templeton added that the company will make some announcements in the next couple of months about tools that will give better network visibility and “end-to-end control” to the IT manager.
Citrix also discussed plans to integrate technology through the acquisition of application acceleration company, NetScaler announced last week, into the core Citrix Access suite.
NetScaler produces technology to speed up applications by up to five times, according to its chief executive B.V. Jagadeesh. Its software is used by companies including Merryl Lynch, the Royal Bank of Scotland, Shell, Maersk, Ford and Wal-Mart.
NetScaler will carry out application load balancing, and also integrate with Citrix’s presentation server, carrying out SSL encryption processing, which traditionally ties up the processing power of Citrix servers. As a result, this will speed up Citrix-based applications, and IT departments won’t need to add more servers, said Jagadeesh.
The sorts of applications NetScaler could accelerate include “printing applications, email, and web applications, which will reduce your total cost of operations,” he said.