Citrix to provide portal access to networks from anywhere

Citrix aims to give users access to corporate systems from anywhere in the world with a new family of portals and alliances that...

Citrix aims to give users access to corporate systems from anywhere in the world with a new family of portals and alliances that will enable wireless connectivity, writes Antony Adshead.

Citrix will demonstrate the Nfuse Elite "access portal" at the Cebit trade fair in Germany this week. The product allows users to access Web-native, Windows, Unix and corporate information resources through a Web-type browser interface.

Nfuse Elite, which was formerly codenamed Project South Beach, combines the browser interface with back-end management systems to draw information from disparate operating systems and locations. Information from a number of applications and databases is then aggregated and structured according to the needs of an individual's role in an organisation.

The portal technology sits on top of Citrix's Metaframe applications servers.

Citrix is establishing a number of relationships with content management technology suppliers such as Documentum, Screaming Media, Business Objects, eRoom Technologies, Interwoven and Bantu.

Nfuse Elite will provide role-based access and user-based personalisation, although network administrators will be able to manage portals from a central console.

To give users network access from anywhere via its portal systems, Citrix has formed alliances with mobile and wireless suppliers Sierra Wireless and Brand Communications.

Citrix is recommending the Sierra Wireless Aircard products for use with its Metaframe applications server software as a means of accessing corporate information via GSM or GPRS networks. Using Citrix's Independent Computing Architecture, users can access business applications securely at up to 56kbps.

UK company Brand Communications will provide software to integrate fixed networks with wireless networks.

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