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Thinstall and Citrix Partner to Deliver Virtualised Citrix Presentation Server Client for USB Drives

  • 07 March, 2006 11:12

<p>Thinstall application virtualisation technology enables the Citrix Presentation Server Client to run without installation or modification of the registry or file system - ideal for distribution with USB drives and for mobile users.</p>
<p>SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. and FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – 7 March 2006 – Thinstall, the leader in portable application virtualisation, and Citrix Systems, Inc., the global leader in access infrastructure solutions, today announced the availability of the Thinstall Virtualised Citrix Presentation Server™ Client. By virtualising the widely-used Citrix (ICA®) access client with Thinstall technology, Citrix and Thinstall now provide an easy to use, powerful solution for end users, ISV partners, and corporate IT organisations that enables immediate access to Citrix Presentation Servers via a secure USB key.</p>
<p>Thinstall virtualisation solves a significant problem in deploying USB applications (in this case the Citrix ICA client) by completely eliminating installation and changes to the host PC. Without virtualisation, applications may not run from USB devices because installers need elevated administrative privileges to write system files and registry keys. Additionally, applications may leave behind sensitive files on unsecured computers. Thinstall eliminates these critical problems for corporate IT users, making the Citrix Presentation Server Client instantly and securely available on any PC.</p>
<p>“Previously, end users needed to carry a laptop when they went on the road to have access to their corporate Citrix Presentation Server environment,” said Jonathan Clark, Thinstall President and Founder. “With Thinstall, the Citrix Presentation Server Client can be launched from a locally running Internet Explorer session without elevated security privileges. Thinstall enables end-users to access their corporate Citrix servers from any PC in the world without installing ActiveX components or the Java runtime. Also, Thinstall secures the access because session data, browser history, and temporary data files are loaded and stored from the USB drive, never leaving behind sensitive corporate data.”</p>
<p>“Citrix is dedicated to expanding our Access Platform by enabling our partners,” said Chris Fleck, vice president of platform development for Citrix. “USB applications integrated with two factor security devices are growing quickly in popularity with our enterprise customers. Thinstall has a unique, solid virtualisation solution and by working together, we have provided both our solution partners and enterprise customers with a Presentation Server Client that they can bundle with these new applications to provide secure access to any Citrix environment.”</p>
<p>The Thinstall Virtualised Citrix Presentation Server Client provides the following features and benefits that are ideal for use with USB drives, remote access, and mobile users:</p>
<p>· Instant Citrix access without installation – The single Thinstall compressed EXE enables the Citrix Presentation Server Client to be carried conveniently on a USB key drive or CDROM and runs regardless of what is – or isn’t –already on the host computer. This eliminates technical support hassles and makes Citrix access easy for mobile users.</p>
<p>· Works on locked-down PCs – Administrator-lever user privileges are not required because the Thinstall Virtualised Citrix Presentation Server Client does not have to be installed or anything modified on the host PC, allowing users to have universal access anywhere they go.</p>
<p>· Sensitive information is kept secure – While running under Thinstall, Internet Explorer browser history and temporary files are loaded and stored directly from the USB drive ensuring no trace is left behind. As well, Citrix Presentation Server client configuration settings are loaded and stored directly from the USB drive preventing the user from accidentally leaving behind their login name, password, or session cache data.</p>
<p>The Thinstall Solution</p>
<p>Thinstall enables the deployment of software applications without requiring installation, system modifications, or elevated security privileges. It allows software to be delivered and updated in an isolated environment ensuring the integrity, stability, and security of the host file system and registry. Thinstall works completely in user mode with no device drivers, which means it can run on all versions of Windows 95+ without Administrator Rights. The Thinstall Virtual OS technology component is less than 300K on disk, occupies approximately 1 MB RAM at runtime, and has neglible impact on memory consumption and CPU performance. Applications can be packaged without any source code changes for use with a USB key or other distribution method.</p>
<p>“With this partnership, Citrix customers and partners can utilise Thinstall’s advanced technology for any Windows platform from any portable storage device,” continues Jonathan Clark. “Citrix is a compelling example of how virtualisation changes how business think about software. With this partnership, Thinstall is able to broaden our reach to more enterprises.”</p>
<p>The Thinstall Virtualised Citrix Presentation Server Client was released in February 2006 and is available for download at or</p>
<p>About Citrix</p>
<p>Citrix Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:CTXS) is the global leader and most trusted name in on-demand access. More than 160,000 organisations around the world use the Citrix Access Platform to provide the best possible access experience to any application for any user. 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 individuals. Citrix has approximately 6,200 channel and alliance partners in more than 100 countries. Citrix annual revenues in 2005 were $909 million. Learn more at</p>
<p>About Thinstall
Founded in 1999, Thinstall the leader in portable application virtualisation, a next generation technology that enables faster and easier software deployment. Thinstall eliminates time consuming software conflicts and deployment issues. For any company that develops custom enterprise or commercial applications - both Corporate IT and Software Publishers - deployment of software with Thinstall becomes effortless; installation itself is eliminated. Cost savings are instantly attained through the reduction of time to test for cross application compatibility, and by the elimination of post-install conflict resolution.</p>
<p>Thinstall has deployed thousands of applications to millions of desktops around the world. Customers include GE, the US Department of Defense, Qualcomm, Lucent, Northrop Grumman, Morgan Stanley, T-Systems, and Abbott Labs. Thinstall is privately held with company headquarters in San Francisco, CA. For more information, please visit the company’s Web site at or call 415-274-2558 x22.</p>
<p>Citrix®, ICA® and Citrix Presentation Server™ are trademarks of Citrix Systems, Inc. and/or one or more of its subsidiaries, and may be registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and in other countries. Thinstall is a registered trademark of Jitit. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are property of their respective owners.</p>
<p>For further information, please contact Kate Andrews or Linda Poretti at Howorth Communications on +61 2 8281 3824 or email</p>

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