[THIN] Press Release: Citrix Expands Business Into Multi-Billion Dollar Access Infrastructure Market with Citrix MetaFrame

  • From: Jim Kenzig <jimkenz@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2003 14:05:32 -0500

Citrix Expands Business Into Multi-Billion Dollar Access Infrastructure
Market with Citrix MetaFrame
Leveraging Its Huge Base of 120,000 Enterprise Customers and Over 7,000
Channel and Alliance Partners, Citrix Broadens Its Software Offering to
Enable the ?On-Demand Enterprise?
NEW YORK, NY ? 3/18/2003 ? Citrix Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CTXS), the global
leader in access infrastructure solutions, today announced a comprehensive
product strategy designed to drive the company?s growth by broadening its
market-leading position in server-based computing into the burgeoning access
infrastructure market. To accomplish this, Citrix is extending its flagship
MetaFrame XP? Presentation Server, which has an estimated 77 percent market
share1 and nearly 50 million users at more than 120,000 organizations
worldwide, into a suite of products that addresses end-to-end enterprise
access requirements. Preliminary company estimates size the access
infrastructure market between $8-10B over the next four to five years.
?Our strategy of delivering a suite of access infrastructure products is a
natural evolution for Citrix, the global leader in enterprise access
solutions,? said Mark Templeton, Citrix president and CEO. ?Until now,
businesses have been forced to address enterprise access requirements with
multiple, disparate technologies requiring extensive integration that only
add to the complexity of corporate computing. Our goal with this product
strategy is to provide customers with a complete and integrated access
infrastructure solution that brings greater simplicity, cost-effectiveness
and control to IT, while at the same time opening new paths of revenue
growth for Citrix in adjacent markets.?
To provide end-to-end access to enterprise application and information
resources, companies have had to buy and deploy multiple technologies in the
categories of presentation and application conferencing, device and network
services, aggregation and personalization, and security and identity
management, and then to integrate these technologies on their own. The new
Citrix® MetaFrame® Access Suite, announced today, consolidates these
technologies into a single, integrated access infrastructure that enables
end-to-end access to the ?on-demand enterprise.? The result for customers is
a complete solution that gives workers secure, easy and instant access to
enterprise applications and information resources, from anywhere, anytime,
using nearly any device over any connection, and that simplifies the
deployment, management, monitoring and measurement of these applications in
heterogeneous IT environments.
Partner, Analyst and Customer Support for Citrix Product Strategy
?The new Citrix strategy sets a positive tone for the company?s future,
expanding the widespread influence of its MetaFrame server across the entire
product suite,? said Graham Clark, general manager, .NET Platform Strategy &
Partner Group, Microsoft. ?As a key Microsoft partner and a trusted name in
enterprise access, Citrix continues to deliver impressive product
functionality that adds value to the Microsoft Windows Server Terminal
Services environment, leverages the Microsoft .NET framework, and allows
customers to easily take advantage of their enterprise resources.?
?As one of the largest Securities Broker/Dealer networks in the country,
with nearly 3,000 offices, we?ve significantly cut costs and raised
productivity by standardizing our enterprise on Citrix,? said Chris
McDaniel, senior vice president and chief information officer for Mutual
Services. ?Citrix provides us with a secure environment for integrating and
deploying mission-critical trading and back-office applications from a
central location, allowing our end-users to take advantage of benefits such
as real-time commission pay-out and secure trading. With the introduction of
the Citrix MetaFrame Access Suite, we?re certain that we?ll continue to
experience demonstrable ROI and improved customer responsiveness.?
?Organizations are realizing that they need a fulcrum for reuse of common
sets of contextual aggregation and display technologies, including
application access and delivery,? said Craig Roth, vice president, META
Group. ?Because these services are required for best-practice interfaces, it
helps if they are established as a common layer that applications can be
surfaced through.?
The Citrix MetaFrame Access Suite
Citrix plans to roll out the initial products in the suite in Q2, with
additional products slated for the second half of the year. The suite
includes the following products:
Citrix MetaFrame XP Presentation Server, FR 3 ? The easiest way to manage
enterprise applications from a central location and access them from
anywhere. The foundation of the Citrix MetaFrame Access Suite, Citrix
MetaFrame XP Presentation Server is the world?s most widely deployed
presentation server for centrally managing heterogeneous applications and
delivering their functionality as a service to workers, wherever they may
be. Providing an exceptional foundation on which to build highly scalable,
flexible, secure and manageable access solutions that reduce computing costs
and increase the utility of any information system, MetaFrame XP
Presentation Server, FR 3 is certified to run on Windows 2000 and 2003
Servers, and supports virtually any custom or commercially packaged Windows
applications. In addition, the product update includes such new
customer-requested features as an improved user experience with browser- and
Web-based applications and a zero-install ?anonymous device? client (which
allows users to access applications from Internet kiosks, for example,
without downloading any application files). The product will be available in
Citrix MetaFrame Presentation Server 1.2 for UNIX® ? The easiest way to
manage UNIX-based enterprise applications from a central location and access
them from anywhere. Providing users with secure access to UNIX and Java
applications, Citrix MetaFrame Presentation Server 1.2 for UNIX supports the
following new platforms: Sun Microsystems? Solaris? SPARC 9, Hewlett-Packard
?s HP-UX® 11i, and IBM?s AIX® 5.1 and 5.2, and includes new features to
extend performance, usability and security. The product will be available in
Citrix MetaFrame Secure Access Manager ? The most cost-effective way to get
secure, personalized access over the Web to any application and information.
Citrix MetaFrame Secure Access Manager provides secure, single-point access
over the Web to a wide range of internal and external information resources,
including applications, data sources, documents, Web content and services.
With a powerful set of easy-to-use, wizard-driven configuration tools, IT
administrators can enable browser-based, SSL/TLS-encrypted access to the
entire enterprise ? personalized to each user?s needs, with secure
connectivity over the Web, and without the need for a VPN. The product will
be available in Q2. (For more information, see the related release, ?Citrix
Launches MetaFrame Secure Access Manager For Secure, Personalized Web Access
to Enterprise Applications and Information.?)
Citrix MetaFrame Conferencing Manager ? The most productive way for teams,
regardless of their individual locations, to work concurrently and
collaboratively on the same applications and documents. For the first time,
distributed teams can hold an application conference by sharing access to an
enterprise application without worrying about the various network
connections, individual locations, or access devices team members may be
using. Citrix MetaFrame Conferencing Manager adds intuitive application
conferencing to the MetaFrame XP Presentation Server that eliminates the
geographical distance between team members, increases the productivity of
meetings, and allows easy collaboration. The product will be available in
Citrix MetaFrame Password Manager ? The most efficient single sign-on
solution for accessing all password-protected applications running in the
Citrix MetaFrame environment. Designed to simplify application password
management without programming, Citrix MetaFrame Password Manager uses
technology licensed from Passlogix®, a leading New York-based security
software company, to improve user productivity, reduce help desk costs, and
enhance security. With MetaFrame Password Manager, users enter their
username and password once when logging in and, from that point on, the
product recognizes an application?s request for credentials and
automatically enters them. The product will be available in Q2.
About Citrix
Citrix Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:CTXS) is the global leader in access
infrastructure solutions. The most trusted name in enterprise access, the
Citrix MetaFrame Access Suite enables people to easily and securely access
the enterprise on-demand, from anywhere, anytime, using nearly any device
over any connection. Nearly 50 million people in more than 120,000
organizations around the world use Citrix every day. Citrix customers
include 100% of the Fortune 100 companies, 95% of the Fortune 500 and 95% of
the FT European 100. Based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Citrix has offices
in 22 countries, and more than 7,000 channel and alliance partners in more
than 100 countries.
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. Those statements involve a number of
factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, including
risks associated with the company?s business involving the company?s
products, their development and distribution, economic and competitive
factors and the company?s key strategic relationships and other risks
detailed in the company?s filings with the Securities and Exchange
Commission. Citrix assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking
information contained in this press release or with respect to the
announcements described herein.
Citrix®, MetaFrame®, MetaFrame XP? and NFuse® are registered trademarks of
Citrix Systems, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. UNIX® is a registered
trademark of The Open Group in the U.S. and other countries. Java? is a
trademark or registered trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United
States and in other countries. Microsoft® and Windows® are registered
trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries. All
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