Citrix renames, updates Citrix Presentation Server

On Sept. 10, Citrix Systems Inc. will release a new version of its flagship Citrix Presentation Server, renaming the software XenApp, after the popular Xen open-source virtualization software. Last year, Citrix purchased XenSource, a company that offers a commercial version of Xen.

The new software includes more than 50 improvements, including the ability to launch applications 10 times faster than previous versions of the software, according to the company.

Citrix configured XenApp to work with all versions of Microsoft Windows Server, including the recently released Windows Server 2008.

XenApp allows organizations to run desktop software from a centralized server. The software itself runs on a server, while the screen display, keyboard and mouse movements are conveyed over the network to and from the desktop computer. This approach can speed performance ' in those cases where the servers run faster than the desktops ' as well as centralize security management and cut down on subscription costs, according to the company.

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