Citrix has made available the first 64-bit version of its application virtualisation system, Citrix Presentation Server 4.0, which is expected to make application performance and network file transfers significantly speedier than the 32-bit version.
It will also effectively give Citrix users the ability to support up to three times more users on their servers, reducing the total cost of ownership of those servers.
Dan Kusnetzky, IDC’s vice-president of system software research, said the product could help organisations who are “consolidating workloads and data in the hopes of reducing operational and administrative costs”.
Bryan Cowley, group head of IT for Citrix user Brintons Carpets, said his company would be interested in the 64-bit system as it would enable its remote sites in different countries to work off the same central systems in the UK datacentre, with reduced operational and administrative costs.
Cowley said, “If by a 64-bit implementation we can mitigate or at least reduce the additional central cost overheads, then the global project becomes a lot more attractive.”
But, he added, “Our concerns are the implications for peripheral hardware such as printers, where we have suffered problems in the past trying to get suitable drivers to work with older equipment. We would not want to trade off the server cost benefits by needing new peripheral hardware because of the lack of drivers for our existing printers.”
Independent Citrix analyst Brian Madden said it was essential for Citrix’s software partners to move to 64-bit so the hardware drivers will work.