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Citrix, Microsoft Collaborate On Branch Office Appliance

Companies plan a family of offerings targeting branch offices of different sizes.

Microsoft and Citrix are planning a new appliance to ease the deployment and management of branch office infrastructure.

The upcoming box, slated to ship in the second half of 2007, will combine Windows Server 2003 R2 and ISA server from Microsoft with WANScaler WAN optimization software. Citrix acquired WANScaler in its just-completed buyout of Orbital Data, said Wes Wasson, vice president of Citrix' Application Networking Group.

That appliance will knit together security, caching, data compression, remote print and file management, security from its component parts.

The appliance, to be built with common hardware, will be branded and sold by Citrix and its partners, said Wasson and Bala Kasiviswanathan, Microsoft group product manager for Windows Server Branch and Storage Solutions.

Pricing was not disclosed, but Wasson said the companies would likely come up with a family of products targeting branch offices of different sizes.

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