Microsoft and Citrix Systems have teamed up to develop a new appliance aimed at improving IT effectiveness in branch offices.
The product will be pitched at enterprises where many staff have to access key business applications from a remote office location.
It will be designed to tackle the loss of performance that can result when applications travel long distances over wide-area networks, and to make branch office computing faster and more secure.
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The planned branch office appliance will combine wide area network (Wan) optimisation technologies with consolidated branch office services in a single appliance that can be administered remotely.
The two companies will collaborate on developing the new multifunction appliance, which will be based on Microsoft’s Windows Server operating system and Internet Security and Acceleration Server alongside Citrix’s WANScaler technology.
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