Access Suite gets a makeover

Access infrastructure solutions vendor Citrix Systems has unveiled a host of new products that offers enhanced security and integration features, details of which were revealed by company executives at its annual financial analyst meeting.

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By  Caroline Denslow Published  April 27, 2005

Access infrastructure solutions vendor Citrix Systems has unveiled a host of new products that offers enhanced security and integration features, details of which were revealed by company executives at its annual financial analyst meeting. The company’s flagship software for centralised application management, Citrix Presentation Server 4.0, includes speed and scalability upgrades, allowing it to support more than 1,000 servers in a single server farm. It offers proximity printing and a new engine that delivers up to 400% performance boost. Improved security and administrative controls, along with Pocket PC synchronisation features, were also added. Presentation Server 4.0 is part of the Citrix Access Suite 4.0, which is a major upgrade of the company’s suite of business access solutions previously called MetaFrame. Access Suite 4.0 also consists of the Citrix Password Manager 4.0 and the Citrix Access Gateway 4.0, which have also been updated. Password Manager 4.0 is a single sign-on solution that includes self-service password reset and extensive auditing options through comprehensive event logging. Access Gateway 4.0, on the other hand, is a universal SSL VPN appliance that offers a single-point of access to any information resource. It combines IPSec and SSL VPN features into one device, and features Advanced Access Control, an identity management tool that lets administrators control what resources can be accessed and what actions are permitted after access is granted, based on the user’s role, location, type of device, configuration of device and connection. “Secure access to information is one of the most important challenges enterprises face today,” said Mark Templeton, Citrix president and chief executive officer. “Increasingly complex systems coupled with a growing mobile and global workforce mean that access must now be fully integrated with IT infrastructure for greater business efficiency, agility and control.” Along with the launch, the company has also introduced the Citrix SmartAccess technology, a sense-and-respond function that automatically detects different work scenarios. Going forward, Templeton said Citrix’s plan is to leverage on technologies obtained by the company through acquisitions and to continue working with third-party software and hardware vendors. “Our 2004 acquisitions added significant customer value to our product portfolio, allowing us to offer a complete, integrated access platform to address customers’ end-to-end information access needs,” said Templeton. “Our mission is to build on the ubiquity of Presentation Server and the nearly 2,000 independent software and hardware vendors that complement and extend our platform to add even greater value for our customers. As we continue to execute on this strategy to deliver on-demand access to information, no matter where it lives, we will partner with more companies, advance and support more industry standards and extend our platform into new markets.” Citrix Presentation Server 4.0, Citrix Password Manager 4.0 and the Citrix Access Gateway 4.0 can be bought either individually or bundled together in the Citrix Access Suite, which comes in two versions. The standard version is targeted at new customers while the step-up edition is for clients who have already implemented Presentation Server and want to extend their access platform with a SSL VPN and enterprise single sign-on solutions. Both are available in Q205 and can be purchased under the Easy, Open and Flex licensing models.

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