Citrix unveils beta of application-delivery software

Citrix Systems has unveiled two new developments in its continued drive to make it easier for companies to deliver applications to users.

Citrix Systems has unveiled two new developments in its continued drive to make it easier for companies to deliver applications to users.
The Project Tarpon and EdgeSight products are Citrix's latest attempt to prove that it is more than simply a thin client or client/server software solutions company.
At its iForum user conference in Edinburgh today, the company announced that a limited beta of its Project Tarpon product will now be available to users to try out.
Tarpon makes it easier for companies to provide "software as a service" to users' desktops.
Project Tarpon aims to reduce the time it takes to deliver applications and reduce the number of software licenses needed by companies to support their staff.
The software allows companies to profile what applications are needed across an organisation, and then publicise them on the company network to allow users to manually select them.
The required applications can then be streamed to groups of users' desktops on request, instead of the IT department simply sending large amounts of applications to all users in an organisation, where they may sit on machines unused.
Citrix chief executive Mark Templeton told iForum delegates that the consumer web was now driving enterprise IT and that companies now had "to change their mindset" when it came to delivering the technology needed in an organisation.
He said enterprise IT departments had to give employees choice over which applications they used, and follow the example of Google, Yahoo and MSN in making them simple to use.
Project Tarpon comes hard on the heels of Citrix Netscaler. Citrix bought Netscaler last year to give companies a more secure and faster way to deliver applications to multiple devices.
In another development, Citrix has announced the availability of Citrix EdgeSight, an "application visibility" tool that allows IT departments to view the user experience when it comes to the performance of applications.
EdgeSight has been made available following the acquisition of the technology through Citrix's recent purchase of Reflectent.
Morgan Stanley is already a user of the EdgeSight product, which it uses for application usage metrics, data compliance, security auditing, and capacity planning.
Lou Shipley, vice president and general manager of the Citrix management systems group, said, "Often users can ring up the IT department and claim that their system isn't working properly or the network is under-performing, but EdgeSight can see what is really going on."
Shipley said EdgeSight can pinpoint unauthorised applications that don't work properly with other applications on systems, faults in authorised applications, or heavy data traffic being transported over the network from unauthorised websites, such as sports footage or film clips.

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