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Citrix offers new Suite

Citrix offers new Suite

Citrix has remodelled its flagship application access software, Access Suite, and will release the result as Presentation Server 4.5 in March.

Channel manager, Dean Vaughan, said Access Suite had been effectively replaced with three versions of Presentation Server - Advanced, Enterprise and the comprehensive suite, Platinum.

The software included brand new features such as on-demand application streaming, centralised application provisioning and end user experience monitoring, he said.

Local pricing is still being held firmly against the vendor's chest, but US pricing starts at about $US350 per concurrent user. This includes a one-year subscription to Citrix Subscription Advantage - an ongoing form of annuity for partners.

CEO of Queensland-based integrator, Clariti, Bruce McCurdy, said the new suite would allow partners to expand their remote management and monitoring services to customers. "We expect to see a spur of activity around this when it's released," he said.

McCurdy said the new software had arrived at the right time. Clariti's Citrix business has been going through something of a renaissance, he said, with sales across the current financial year up by 60 per cent year-on-year.

"We have doubled our business in the year prior and feel the market is extremely buoyant. Our associated partners in other states are saying the same thing," he said. While McCurdy couldn't put the resurgence of interest or new adoption of Citrix-based technologies down to one factor, he speculated the market was becoming optimistic about post-Y2K spending.

"It seems that a lot of companies didn't manage Y2K very well, but now the CFOs are starting to relax about spending made seven years ago and are allowing the replacement cycle to begin," he said.


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