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Citrix releases Presentation Server 4.5

  • 13 February, 2007 09:04

<p>SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA — 13 February 2007 — Citrix Systems, the global leader in application delivery infrastructure, today announced availability of the latest version of its flagship Citrix Presentation ServerTM product line, the de facto standard for delivering Windows-based applications with the best performance, security and total cost of ownership. With significant new capabilities such as on-demand application streaming, centralised application provisioning, end user experience monitoring, enhanced single sign-on and advanced graphics acceleration, Presentation Server 4.5 redefines the state of the art in Windows application delivery, making it dramatically easier and more cost effective to deliver Windows-based applications to any user, on any device, in any location. The new release also extends the range of applications supported by Presentation Server, giving customers a comprehensive, best-in-class solution for delivering all Windows applications – from personal productivity applications such as Microsoft Office 2007, to complex line-of-business applications, including the most demanding, graphics-intensive business applications on the market.</p>
<p>“This latest release of Presentation Server with both application virtualisation and streaming technologies provides even more flexibility for enterprise Windows customers with large application portfolios,” said John Humphreys, program director, IDC. “The combination of these technologies—in addition to all the other new features that take advantage of Citrix’s array of infrastructure technologies—not only helps their customers virtualise their applications, but also choose how to manage, provision and secure applications for their users.”</p>
<p>A longstanding leader in the delivery of Windows applications with its flagship Presentation Server solution, Citrix has extended its product line substantially in recent years, becoming a leader in end-to-end infrastructure for delivering any application to any user with the best performance, security and cost savings. With Presentation Server 4.5, Citrix returns to its roots, once again redefining the way Windows applications are delivered by integrating cutting-edge features of some of its newest technologies, including Citrix EdgeSightTM for application performance monitoring, Citrix Access GatewayTM for secure application access, and its new Application Streaming technology (formerly code-named “Tarpon”) for the on-demand delivery of Windows desktop applications. Combined, these features and others make Presentation Server 4.5 a complete solution for delivering Windows applications, enhancing every aspect along the line-of-sight between applications in the data centre to users in any location worldwide.</p>
<p>New Features Change the Game in Windows Application Delivery</p>
<p>Citrix Presentation Server 4.5 offers a wide range of new features that make it the most strategic infrastructure for delivering any Windows application to any user in any location. Highlights include:</p>
<p>On-Demand Application Streaming – Presentation Server has always provided the best way to virtualise the delivery of client-server based Windows applications, enabling them to be centrally installed and managed while providing a great access experience for end users. With its innovative new application streaming technology, Presentation Server 4.5 now extends these same benefits to desktop applications like Microsoft Office 2007, allowing them to be streamed over the network to users as an on-demand service, much like downloaded music or videos. This process is entirely transparent to end users who continue to access desktop applications from their Windows Start menu, just as they have in the past. Because streamed applications operate in a protected isolation environment on each user’s desktop, IT managers can now offer a much wider range of desktop applications to users without worrying about version conflicts and migration headaches. When users are disconnected from the network, streamed applications run normally, just as if they had been installed via traditional means. When connected, any new updates, patches or rollbacks are automatically, and transparently, streamed to each user, ensuring they are always working with the latest version.</p>
<p>End User Experience Monitoring - Powered by Citrix EdgeSight, the new performance monitoring capabilities in Presentation Server 4.5 give IT full visibility into how applications are performing from an end-user’s perspective, allowing them to proactively manage service levels as well as quickly pinpoint and troubleshoot server, network or application issues that impact the user experience.</p>
<p>Centralised Application Provisioning – The new centralised application provisioning capabilities give customers with large Presentation Server farms one central location to stage the latest versions of all Windows, desktop and client-server applications, enabling IT to provision new applications and servers more quickly than ever before. As a result, the delivery and maintenance of Windows applications across mid-to-large enterprises is greatly simplified, allowing many application updates, rollouts or rollbacks to be completed during normal business hours without the need for weekend or late night implementations.
Secure Application Access - Powered by the Citrix Access Gateway line of SSL VPNs, Presentation Server’s newly enhanced secure application access capability gives users a secure, always-on, single point-of-access to all of their applications, regardless of whether they are delivered via Presentation Server. In addition, this capability features Citrix® SmartAccess technology that automatically responds to each user scenario with the appropriate level of access, including control of actions such as print, save and edit.</p>
<p>Enhanced Application Security - With automated single sign-on powered by Citrix Password ManagerTM, it is now much easier for IT administrators to give users a single password that works across multiple applications, regardless of whether those applications are delivered by Presentation Server or not. The capabilities can even be extended to web and host-based applications from trusted partners using federated identity credentials such as Microsoft’s ADFS (Advanced Directory Federation Services). In addition, the automated single sign-on feature enables IT managers to allow users to reset their own Windows passwords and unlock their accounts through an easy web interface.</p>
<p>Advanced Graphics Acceleration – With the new SpeedScreenTM progressive display technology in Presentation Server 4.5, the performance of graphics displays in Windows-based applications over a network is improved by up to 20 times, making it possible for the first time ever to virtualise the delivery of even the most graphics-intensive applications with no compromise in end user experience. As a result, IT can now take advantage of all the benefits of Presentation Server to deliver applications such as healthcare PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication Systems) and GIS (Geographic Information System) mapping, while providing the speed, data security, and anywhere-access flexibility that users need.</p>
<p>Automated Server Recovery - System resiliency in Presentation Server is strengthened with new Health Assistant features that perform continuous server health checks and automatically initiate recovery procedures, minimising the need for administrator intervention.
Up to 500 Users per Server – Presentation Server 4.5 also leverages the 64-bit platform to get the maximum number of users per server — up to 500 — even with 32-bit applications, enabling a maximised return on IT investments.</p>
<p>“The latest version of Presentation Server is a strategic addition to our application delivery infrastructure,” said Susan Paul, director of IS, Fallon Clinic. “We can securely manage all of our Windows applications without even leaving the data center, which is a huge advantage for our business. With the addition of the proven Citrix EdgeSight and Access Gateway technologies, as well as enhanced graphics support and automated server recovery, it truly supports high application availability for our ‘always-on’ user environment in a single solution.”</p>
<p>“Citrix is uniquely positioned as an application delivery infrastructure provider,” said Scott Herren, group vice president and general manager, Virtualisation Systems Group, Citrix Systems. “By providing integrated application security features and enhanced visibility into the line of sight between applications and users, Presentation Server 4.5 really moves the needle for providing a richer Windows application user experience.”</p>
<p>Pricing and Availability</p>
<p>Presentation Server 4.5 comes in three editions—Advanced, Enterprise and the all-new Platinum. Available in March 2007, suggested retail pricing starts at US$350 per concurrent user and includes one year of Citrix Subscription Advantage™. More details about the features available in each edition can be found at:</p>
<p>New instructor-led and e-Learning training courses will also be available to end-users and partners upon release of Presentation Server 4.5. For more information, please visit the Citrix Education website at</p>
<p>About Citrix Presentation Server</p>
<p>Citrix Presentation Server is the de facto standard for delivering Windows applications at the lowest cost—to any user, anywhere. It offers both application virtualisation and application streaming delivery methods to enable the best access experience for any user, with any device, working over any network. By centralising applications and data in secure data centres, IT can reduce costs of management and support, increase data security, and facilitate business continuity. Presentation Server allows IT to deliver applications as a service—providing on-demand access to users, while affording IT the flexibility to leverage future application architectures.</p>
<p>About Citrix
Citrix Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:CTXS) is the global leader and the most trusted name in application delivery infrastructure. More than 180,000 organisations worldwide rely on Citrix to deliver any application to users anywhere with the best performance, highest security and lowest cost. Citrix customers include 100% of the Fortune 100 companies and 98% of the Fortune Global 500, as well as hundreds of thousands of small businesses and prosumers. Citrix has approximately 6,200 channel and alliance partners in more than 100 countries. Annual revenue in 2006 was US$1.1 billion.
For Citrix Investors</p>
<p>This release contains forward-looking statements which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The forward-looking statements in this release do not constitute guarantees of future performance. Those statements involve a number of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, including risks associated with revenue growth and recognition of revenue, products, their development and distribution, product demand and pipeline, economic and competitive factors, the Company’s key strategic relationships, acquisition and related integration risks as well as other risks detailed in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Citrix assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking information contained in this press release or with respect to the announcements described herein.</p>
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