Server-based computing vendor Citrix is hoping added management and scalability features will see a high adoption rate for its latest generation of the MetaFrame application delivery platform.
Geared towards a Windows 2000 environment through its partnership with Microsoft, Citrix' new MetaFrame XP for the Windows product family features three levels of functionality. The entry level MetaFrame XP's platform is designed to target departmental workgroups, while the MetaFrame XPa is for growing organisations looking to consolidate its applications and management, according to company officials.
According to Citrix Asia Pacific managing director Nabeel Youakim, it is Citrix' flagship platform, MetaFrame XPe that will spearhead Citrix's attack into the enterprise space Citrix claims the latest version of MetaFrame provides centralised management of application deployment across an enterprise, enables companies to leverage the Internet with its portal interface and secure access, and provides a scalable path from one to thousands of its servers.
The company has also changed its licensing structure from a per-server basis to a per-user basis, which Gary O'Brien, Citrix's Asia Pacific marketing director, claims will "simplify" the software's pricing.
"These [integrators] don't have to worry about how they architecture their server infrastructure," says O'Brien. "Now they can load up Citrix on a number of smaller servers rather than having to use one big server because that was the cheapest option."
O'Brien claims the new pricing structure will not affect overall margins on the software.
Citrix launched the MetaFrame XP platform in Sydney yesterday with its chief playmaker and networking industry heavyweight Traver Gruen-Kennedy, Citrix vice president of strategy.
Being the founder of the ASP Industry Consortium Gruen-Kennedy is widely recognised as the father of the ASP movement and used the launch opportunity to espouse how the delivery of applications is changing the face of IT.
"It is firmly my belief that there will be no PCs, no packaged software and no telephone companies [in the future]," prophesises Gruen-Kennedy. Instead he argues applications and carrier services will operate seamlessly across multiple networks with each respective provider taking their cut, while the customer only sees a single service cost.
- MetaFrame XPs: $500 per connection with Subscription Advantage, $580 without.
- MetaFrame XPa: $690 per connection with Subscription Advantage, $600 without.
- MetaFrame XPe: $800 per connection with Subscription Advantage, $700 without.
Products begin shipping by the end of MarchPhotograph: Citrix's Traver Gruen-Kennedy.