Improved Remote Access to Your Network via Citrix
In working with today’s geographically diverse companies, one
problem that Beachwood Systems constantly encounters is a requirement
that all workers, even those not in the same location, have access to
the company’s main software applications and databases. Fortunately,
Citrix’s MetaFrame XP software is designed to solve that very problem.
MetaFrame XP is Citrix’s latest version of their remote access
software that gives remote users Internet-based access to all Windows
applications from anywhere.
provides remote access by allowing users to connect to a Citrix server
that is located in the main office via the Internet.
The remote user then runs the application on the Citrix server in
a personal session. As the
remote user is working, the Citrix server is accessing the program and
data through the main office’s LAN and is only passing back to the
remote user screen updates, keystrokes, and mouse clicks to update the
remote user’s screen. With only this limited data being passed back, the remote
user experiences good performance even when connecting to the Citrix
server over a standard dial-up Internet account.
Metaframe XP is ideal for companies with at least one remote employee
needing access to the main office’s application or database. For example, a company may have a remote warehouse that ships
product for the main warehouse. Instead
of faxing over shipping tickets everyday, the remote warehouse could
print their own shipping tickets by accessing the application through a
Citrix connection. Other
examples include traveling sales reps that can use their Internet
connection to access the customer database, check company email, and run
reports while on the road, just as if they were in the office.
addition to fast remote access, Citrix enables organizations to reduce
maintenance expenses since applications are installed, published, and
maintained on servers instead of individual computers.
Therefore when updates need to be applied, only the server is
updated, instead of having to update each client.
This alone can be a tremendous time savings as up to 100 users
can access a single Citrix server using MetaFrame XPe.
Software management is made easier by utilizing the Citrix
Management Console (CMC). The
CMC allows for control of the entire server farm including servers,
licenses, applications, printers and users from any location.
MetaFrame XP also has a Web-based client install that
automatically identifies the operating system platform a user is running
and offers to instantly download the appropriate client.
Citrix has released three versions of their new MetaFrame XP
software: XPs, XPa, and XPe. MetaFrame
XPs is designed for companies that only need to publish a single
application using one to five servers with 20 to 30 users per server.
MetaFrame XPa is designed for companies that need to publish
multiple applications on two to 100 servers with 35 to 60 users per
server. MetaFrame XPe is
designed for companies that need to publish multiple applications on
more than 20 servers with 50 to 100 users per server.
Citrix is currently run by 99 of the Fortune
100 companies. Isn’t it
time to give your company the same affordable advantages that the big