Citrix eyes out-of-the-box portal

Citrix Systems has introduced a portal access server designed to deploy quickly and without a team of service consultants.

Citrix Systems has introduced a portal access server designed to deploy quickly and without a team of service consultants.

Nfuse Elite provides data and application access via an XML-based framework that can be installed in less than one hour, Citrix claimed.

The product features a wizard-based installation process that eliminates the need for advanced programming for deployment and allows administrators to configure the set-up for servers, users, pages and roles at any time.

Other features include a sample portal that allows administrators to create a working default portal page that can be used out of the box, and a group importation feature designed to import already established Microsoft Windows and Active Directory groups to populate NFuse Elite portal roles.

The company purchased enterprise portal provider Sequoia in April last year, and has since been refining the XML-based portal framework with ease-of-use and application access enhancements, according to Bob Kruger, senior vice president of product development and chief technical officer at Citrix.

Citrix plans to tap its vast channel organisation of more than 7,000 resellers, systems integrators, and distributors to gain portal market penetration.

"We are focused on the issue of access. Access is the primary value point enterprises need to run their business," Kruger said.

"The NFuse elite access portal server facilitates that access, and joined with our MetaFrame technology provides transparent access to applications, services, information, and processes regardless of origin, network type or device."

Moreover, users can plug other systems into NFuse Elite, using XML or standards-based tools such as Microsoft's Visual Studio .Net, Kruger added.

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