Citrix Announces Early Access Version of Feature Release 1 for Citrix® MetaFrameTM for UNIX® Monday 26 February 2001 PDF Print Company Provides Critical Functionality Enhancements to Expand Performance and Management of Customers' UNIX Environments Citrix Systems, Inc. today announced the availability of an Early Access Version of Feature Release 1 for Citrix® MetaFrame(tm) for UNIX® Operating Systems that significantly enhances the performance and usability of the company's application serving solutions for UNIX systems. This early access version provides Citrix customers with access to the most sought after features targeted for the full Feature Release for Citrix MetaFrame for UNIX Operating Systems and is scheduled to be available later in 2001. With the addition of capabilities such as multi-monitor displays and greater colour support, MetaFrame for UNIX is now even more responsive to UNIX application deployment requirements. The Early Access Version of Feature Release 1 for Citrix MetaFrame for UNIX enhances the performance, usability and management capabilities of Citrix MetaFrame 1.1 for the Solaris Operating Environment, Citrix MetaFrame 1.1 for the HP-UX Operating System and Citrix MetaFrame 1.1 for the AIX Operating System. Features include the latest compression techniques and persistent caching, as well as the ability to connect to applications using very high resolutions, multiple monitor set-ups and up to 16.7 million colours. This is essential in many key UNIX application markets including investment banking, engineering design, geographical information systems and telecommunications. To help its customers better manage their enterprise UNIX environments, Citrix is making the early access version available at no additional cost for a limited time as a download from the Citrix web site. "Being able to continuously offer customers enhancements to their MetaFrame deployments is an important aspect of our product delivery and customer service strategies," said Matt Dircks, director of product management for Citrix. "Improving the performance and application deployment capabilities of MetaFrame for UNIX strengthens the value it brings to customer deployments, enhancing their use of the UNIX applications essential to their business." With the announcement of the Early Access Version of Feature Release 1 for Citrix MetaFrame for UNIX, Citrix is continuing its commitment to deliver enhancements of its products more frequently to customers. Last year, Citrix announced a new application delivery system under which the company will periodically offer its Subscription Advantage customers new MetaFrame Feature Releases, consisting of user-focused upgrades and enhancements, and Platform Releases that entail architectural changes. Feature Releases are aimed at meeting customer needs more quickly through frequent releases, where the timely delivery of business-critical features could enable customers to gain a competitive edge. The Early Access Version of Feature Release 1 for MetaFrame for UNIX represents close co-operation between Citrix and its customers, and the company is making the most hotly demanded features available earlier than the full Feature Release for Citrix MetaFrame for UNIX to enrich their MetaFrame for UNIX deployments. "We use MetaFrame for UNIX with our SunGard trading systems around the world, for trading desks using applications spread across two, three or more monitors," said Andy Wicks, Head of IT for Standard Chartered's Global Markets business. "The increased resolution and multi-monitor support in Feature Release 1 is vital to providing our traders with critical information in real-time, even across WAN links across thousands of miles." "Between 1998 and 1999, software revenues in the virtual user interface (VUI) serverware market grew over 117% and Citrix was the leading supplier of software in this market," said Dan Kusnetzky, vice president for systems software research for IDC. "IDC believes that the interest in server-centric computing, which is dependent on VUI software, will increase rapidly over the next few years. With offerings such as the early version of Feature Release 1 for MetaFrame for UNIX, Citrix continues to demonstrate its commitment to providing customers with continuous enhancements that allow users to access UNIX applications with improved performance and usability." Key Features * Greater Screen Resolution - Support for screen resolutions up to 32767x32767, enabling users to access applications requiring large amounts of screen real estate, from any location. * Greater Colour Support - Support for up to 24 bit colour depths providing sharper images and subtle colour graduations. Ideal for high-end graphical applications that represent detailed information using many colours. * Multi-monitor support - Support for displays that span multiple monitors attached to a single device. Essential in environments where users require two, three, four or more monitors to view applications and data. * Improved Performance - Performance enhancements include the latest compression techniques and persistent caching, taken from Citrix' SpeedScreen 3 technology, reducing bandwidth requirements and improving response for users on thin connections. * HTTP-Based Client-Server Browsing - With the HTTP-based ICA® Browser, Client devices no longer need to use UDP (universal data packet) to locate Citrix servers; removing the need for insecure open UDP ports on a firewall. Pricing, Packaging and Availability For a limited time only, Citrix is providing a free download of the Early Access Version of Feature Release 1 for Citrix MetaFrame for the Solaris Operating Environment from the Citrix web site at www.citrix.com/download. The web download will be available until the full Feature Release for Citrix MetaFrame for UNIX Operating Systems is released later in 2001. At that time, only existing Subscription Advantage customers will receive a free copy of Feature Release 1. Early Access Versions of Feature Release 1 for Citrix MetaFrame for the HP-UX Operating System and for Citrix MetaFrame for the AIX Operating System are also available upon request from the same web site. 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 including Sun Solaris TM, IBM AIX® and HP-UX®. It provides enterprise application management for increased scalability, rapid deployment and simplified application support, web enablement of applications via Citrix NFuse* application portal software, and high-performance access to applications by 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, Management Services products 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. Citrix is traded on The Nasdaq Stock MarketSM under the symbol CTXS and is part of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. For more information, please visit the Citrix web site at http://www.citrix.com For Citrix Investors This release contains forward-looking statements which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The forward-looking statements in this release do not constitute guarantees of future performance. Investors are cautioned that statements in this press release which are not strictly historical statements, including, without limitation, statements regarding current or future financial performance, management's plans and objectives for future operations, product plans and performance, management's assessment of market factors, as well as statements regarding the strategy and plans of the company and its strategic partners, constitute forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by the forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, risks associated with the following: the success of the company's MetaFrame product line and the acceptance of the company's ICA protocol; the company's ability to develop and commercialise new products and services; the company's success in expanding into new geographic markets, the company's ability to expand its core business in large enterprise accounts, the company's ability to succeed in the transition to a paper/electronic licensing model; the size, timing and recognition of revenue from significant orders; increased competition, including potential competition from Microsoft and other companies; the results of the company's iBusiness and other new licensing programs; the rate of growth of the ASP market; and the company's ability to continue to develop and market products to meet the requirements of this market; the proportion of revenues devised from distributors, OEMs and other channels; changes in the company's pricing policies or those of its competitors, including Microsoft; the costs of developing, acquiring, or integrating new technologies or enhancements to existing products; the company's reliance upon its strategic relationships with Microsoft and other strategic partners; management of growth; the possibility of undetected software errors; dependence on proprietary technology; risks that the company's branding campaign will not enhance the company's business or results in the manner anticipated; as well as risks of downturns in economic conditions generally, and in the software industry specifically, and risks associated with competition and competitive pricing pressures and other risks detailed in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. 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