Citrix introduces next-generation MetaFrame for Windows Tuesday 13 February 2001 PDF Print Citrix® MetaFrame XP(tm) product family enables customers to easily scale and manage over 1,000 servers Diageo, Mercantile Safe Deposit & Trust and Weyerhaeuser among first customers looking to MetaFrame XP to grow their "Net" results Citrix Systems, Inc. today introduced Citrix® MetaFrame XP(tm) for Windows®, the company's most powerful application serving and management platform to date. Developed with close customer collaboration and optimised for Windows® 2000 and future Microsoft platforms, MetaFrame XP offers IT departments exceptional growth and management capabilities for large-scale application serving implementations - designed to support as many as 100,000 users on 1,000 or more servers - that provide users secure access to Windows applications from virtually any device, over any connection - wired, wireless or Web. MetaFrame XP will begin shipping later this month, and will be available from the more than 9,300 members of the Citrix Solutions Network(tm) (CSN). Offered as a product family with server, advanced and enterprise editions that are tailored to specific customer needs and computing environments, Citrix MetaFrame XP features enhanced centralised system management capabilities, increased leverage of the "Net" (including LANs, WANs, Internet, extranets and intranets), and more flexible application access. Citrix customers, including Diageo, Mercantile Safe Deposit & Trust and Weyerhaeuser, have all their support for the new platform. (See related Industry Support announcement for details on beta customers and partner support) "Increasing adoption of Windows 2000 and the growing customer demand for Web-based application delivery and access have combined to create an ideal environment for this highly scalable and robust product family," said David Weiss, vice president of marketing at Citrix. "MetaFrame XP contains a new platform design, integrated platform management and family packaging that allows customers to effectively grow their application serving platform to fit their specific needs." "By allowing customers to manage Windows-based applications across thousands of servers from a single point, Citrix continues to add value to our customers' Windows 2000 terminal server environments," said David Hamilton, director, Management Technologies Group at Microsoft. "With Microsoft's management technologies, Citrix' next generation MetaFrame platform can enhance the deployment of Windows-based applications across the enterprise to heterogeneous desktop environments." METAFRAME XP PRODUCT FAMILY DESCRIPTION As a product family, Citrix MetaFrame XP takes into account customers' unique computing needs and offers three levels of product functionality that add capabilities as business growth and change dictate. * MetaFrame XPs: This application serving system is designed for departmental workgroups to extend the reach of Windows 2000 Servers. * MetaFrame XPa: This advanced application-serving platform for Windows 2000 Servers is designed for growing organisations that need to maximise application availability and manageability across the Net - all from a single point. * MetaFrame XPe: This enterprise application-serving edition provides the infrastructure for Net-based Windows 2000 environments requiring extensive scalability, rapid application delivery and robust management - enabling unparalleled command and control. OVERVIEW OF METAFRAME XP PLATFORM FEATURES Strategic Command and Control Capabilities Citrix MetaFrame XP delivers the power to manage servers and server farms across the extended enterprise by providing an architecture that scales to meet evolving customer needs and management capabilities that make this scaling up effective. As the command centre for the entire Citrix MetaFrame XP server farm, the Java-based Citrix Management Console (CMC) provides customers with an easy-to-use, graphical method for monitoring and managing all system resources - servers, applications, licenses, printers and users - from a single point. Further, the CMC's robust capabilities can be integrated with third-party network management solutions, including, HP OpenView, Tivoli® NetView® and BMC Software PATROL®, to simplify total system administration. Total Net Leverage With enhanced integration of Citrix NFuse(tm) application portal software, Citrix MetaFrame XP software enables organisations to personalise applications and associated content, and publish them into a single portal view with no application rewrites. Citrix NFuse allows the Web to be utilised as an application infrastructure while retaining the features and benefits of MetaFrame application serving software. In addition, Citrix NFuse enhances corporate Web portal solutions by enabling inclusion of full-function, interactive applications along with Web content, tools and technology for integrating intranet content. Ultimate Flexibility Large enterprises employ a wide variety of devices that use a variety of different connections which can create problems for administrators, but can be solved with Citrix MetaFrame XP. MetaFrame XP enables administrators to deploy any application to any device over any connection - wired, wireless or Web. With Citrix MetaFrame XP, administrators can: extend the reach of Windows-based applications to any location in the enterprise; deliver true flexibility by publishing applications to a wide array of client devices including Windows PCs, Macintosh® computers, UNIX® and Linux® workstations, laptops, wireless devices and other network appliances; support uniform application appearance and performance over any network connection (Internet, LAN, WAN, dial-up and wireless); and provide enhanced security with SecureICA(tm) 128-bit encryption. PRODUCT PRICING DETAILS With this new MetaFrame platform release, Citrix will offer MetaFrame XP using a "connection-based" licensing model, where the price can be easily stated as a "cost per concurrent connection" regardless of server configuration. Driven by customer demand, this connection-based pricing model gives customers the freedom and flexibility to determine the optimal number of MetaFrame XP servers in a given server farm, without impacting their overall costs. In addition, since all connection licenses are priced equally within a given MetaFrame XP family member, the linear pricing model makes it easier for customers to forecast IT expenditures and determine optimal usage of their IT budgets. Existing Subscription Advantage customers receive one of the Citrix MetaFrame XP family members automatically at no additional charge. Additionally customers purchasing MetaFrame 1.8 with Subscription Advantage prior to May 15, 2001 will also receive one of the Citrix MetaFrame XP family members at no additional charge. For new customers, connection licenses are priced as follows: * Citrix MetaFrame XPs: $290 per connection with Subscription Advantage; $250 without Subscription Advantage * Citrix MetaFrame XPa: $345 per connection with Subscription Advantage; $300 without Subscription Advantage * Citrix MetaFrame XPe: $400 per connection with Subscription Advantage; $350 without Subscription Advantage Customers purchase one "MetaFrame XP Starter System" per organisation, which includes the MetaFrame XP server media, the license to install the software on as many servers as necessary throughout the entire organisation, and the first 20 connection licenses. The Starter System price is calculated by multiplying the appropriate MetaFrame XP connection license price by the initial 20 base connection licenses. CITRIX METAFRAME XP DETAILED FEATURE AND FUNCTIONALITY BREAKDOWN The key features and functionality of Citrix MetaFrame XP address three major areas: manageability and scale, leverage of the Net, and flexibility. Manageability and Scale - Systems, Applications and Users * Citrix Management Console (CMC) Citrix' new management console simplifies Citrix MetaFrame XP server management by providing easy, single-point command and control of the entire server farm including servers, licenses, applications, printers and users, from any location. * Application Packaging and Delivery This feature includes installation capabilities, such as support for unattended installs, customisable project details and packager rollback, that ease the burden of installing or uninstalling applications on servers in large server farms by automating the process with centralised configuration and delivery. * Advanced Load Management To scale Citrix servers more easily and cost-effectively to support thousands of users across multiple servers, advanced load management provides the ability to customise load-balancing rules to maximise server resources based on any application and user environment. * Centralised Printer and License Management These features are key to simplifying the administration of printer drivers and all Citrix product and user licenses - all from a central point. * Active Directory Support Added support for Active Directory provides the ability to publish applications to Active Directory users and groups, and share and manage information about network resources and users - saving time and simplifying logon process. Total NET Leverage - Integration, Personalisation and Control * Citrix NFuse Citrix NFuse integrates existing and customised applications into any standard Web browser instantly, without rewriting a single line of code. Utilising NFuse is the fastest way to provide single-point access to applications and content information through any device that supports a standard Web browser. * Support for Corporate Portals This feature enables organisations to provide users in any location with seamless, centralised access to applications and content. * Web-based Client Install This feature allows for the fast and simple deployment of the ICA® client, automatically identifying the platform a user is on and offering to instantly download the appropriate client. * Citrix MetaFrame XP Server Backup Enabled through automatic server backup in the event that the designated Citrix MetaFrame XP server fails, this feature improves application availability and provides a seamless user experience across the enterprise, as well as a higher level of fault tolerance. Ultimate Flexibility - Any Application, Any Device, Any Net Connection * Seamless Windows By integrating both local and remote applications into a local Windows desktop, the user's experience is seamless - affording the choice between the local and remote applications on the task bar. * Client Time Zone Support This new feature allows applications operating on a Citrix MetaFrame XP server to run in the context of each user's local time zone so that accurate times can be documented for e-mail and other personal manager applications. * Access to Local System Resources By automating access to all local drives and devices, organisations can leverage all their local resources including printers and Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs). About Citrix MetaFrame Citrix MetaFrame application server software is enabling organisations to achieve "Digital Independence" from the high cost and complexity of traditional computing by transforming the way they deploy, manage and access business applications across the extended enterprise. MetaFrame extends the functionality of Microsoft Windows NT® Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition and Microsoft Windows 2000 Terminal Services, as well as UNIX operating systems. It provides enterprise application management for increased scalability, deployment and simplified application support, Web enablement of applications via Citrix NFuse application portal software, and universal application access to users in any location, on any device, over any network connection - wireless to Web. About Citrix Citrix Systems, Inc. is a global leader in application server software and services that offer "Digital Independence" - the ability to run any application on any device over any connection, wireless to Web. Citrix solutions enable organisations of all types, from major enterprises to emerging application service providers (ASPs), to reach more users, with more applications, in more locations - and achieve this with greater speed and predictability, and lower costs. Citrix offerings, including MetaFrame application server software, NFuse application portal software and Independent Computing Architecture (ICA), a core application-server technology, have been widely adopted by the corporate mainstream to achieve key business goals. The firm, which markets its solutions through value-added resellers, system integrators and OEM licensees, is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 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