64-bit Citrix could offer cost efficiencies

Citrix has released a 64-bit version of its application virtualisation system, Citrix Presentation Server 4.0. The software is expected to boost application performance and speed up network file transfers.

Citrix has released a 64-bit version of its application virtualisation system, Citrix Presentation Server 4.0. The software is expected to boost application performance and speed up network file transfers.

It will also give Citrix customers the ability to support up to three times more end-users on their servers, reducing the total cost of ownership of hardware.

Dan Kusnetzky, vice-president of system software research at analyst firm IDC, said the product could help organisations that are consolidating workloads and data in the hopes of reducing operational and administrative costs.

Bryan Cowley, group head of IT at Citrix user Brintons Carpets, said his company would be interested in the 64-bit system as it would enable its 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, 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."

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