Citrix Systems expands into secure access

Citrix Systems Inc. on Tuesday pushed into the access infrastructure market with a new suite of products designed to consolidate identity management, application conferencing, and network services into an integrated offering.

With the move, Citrix hopes to expand its server-based computing business to encompass enterprisewide access requirements, according to Dave Manks, senior director of product marketing at Citrix in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The company plans to roll out its Citrix MetaFrame Access Suite in several product introductions throughout the year. The first offering, the MetaFrame Secure Access Manager, provides secure, single point access over the Internet to internal and external corporate applications, data sources, documents, and Web content, Citrix officials said.

Building on Citrix's existing NFuse Elite portal offering, the MetaFrame Secure Access Manager enhances the product's security via SSL integration. The resulting offering enables encrypted access over the Internet without the need for a VPN, Manks said.

"Customers want a secure way to access applications over the Internet. Secure Access Manager provides this secure access without the need for a VPN," Manks said.

Citrix also introduced an update to its MetaFrame XP Presentation Server, featuring support for Microsoft's forthcoming Windows Server 2003, and the MetaFrame Presentation Server 1.2 for Unix, which adds security and performance enhancements.

Other products unveiled as part of the company's new strategy include the MetaFrame Conferencing Manager, which lets users share and edit any application within a MetaFrame environment, and the MetaFrame Password Manager, which is designed to simplify application password management without programming, according to Citrix officials.

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