Citrix synchronises with Intel mobile users

Citrix Systems has released a version of its Metaframe Secure Access Manager, which enables mobile users to work on- and offline...

Citrix Systems has released a version of its Metaframe Secure Access Manager, which enables mobile users to work on- and offline using file synchronisation, but with their data on a central server.

The software uses SSL to create a secure web-based connection that can both tunnel the Citrix display protocol for server applications and synchronise e-mail and other data to Microsoft Outlook from a central Exchange server. The next version will add Lotus Notes synchronisation.

Citrix has joined Intel's Mobilized Software Initiative (MSI), and is working with the chip company to make its software more connection-aware and better able to control power consumption on a mobile device.

"We are specifically looking for connection-aware applications," said Erik Steeb, director of Intel architecture marketing, Europe. "We do like applications to be aware of whether they have a network connection, and if it is slow or fast, so they can adapt."

Steeb added that Intel can assist companies such as Citrix because it has broad industry contacts, so it can help them develop mobile software that can connect seamlessly and securely.

Stefan Sjöström, Citrix vice president for EMEA, said that 72% of mobile Citrix users use wireless Intel-architecture laptops. However, Steeb claimed that Intel did not want to tie MSI to Centrino.

"You can't restrict the technology - the user wouldn't benefit from that," he said.

Bryan Betts writes for Techworld.com

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