Citrix looks to "extended enterprise" horizon

Citrix Systems yesterday announced a suite of product enhancements and new management tools in a bid to position the company for the next IT generation it calls the "extended enterprise".

The company announced extensions to its server-based computing software with MetaFrame 1.8 and WinFrame 1.8, and introduced Citrix Installation Management Services and Citrix Resource Management Services.

David Weiss, Citrix director of product management, describes the products as the next stage in the company's aspirations to server-based computing.

"Without these sorts of tools, large server farms will become as unmanageable as large desktop environments," he said.

The latest versions of MetaFrame and WinFrame work in conjunction with Windows NT 4.0, Terminal Server Edition to offer users expanded enterprise management tools, seamless desktop integration and "broadened support" for heterogeneous environments, the company reported.

The products will ship by the end of March, with pricing starting from $9825 for a 15 concurrent user licence.

The company's new management services are designed to simplify the installation, deployment and end-user access of enterprise applications.

Citrix Resource Management Services enable users to analyse and tune MetaFrame, WinFrame and NT Server 4.0.

Citrix Installation Management Services give users the ability to distribute and install an application on hundreds of servers around the world from a single server.

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