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Citrix Busts Mobile Move

As more end-users leave their cubicles to become road warriors, Citrix is one of a number of vendors extending WAN optimization technology to mobile devices. (See WAN Optimizers Lap Up Laptops, Users Rally Round Remote Solutions, Portable Problems Prompt IT Spending, and The Portable Puzzle.)

Citrix will use the Interop trade show in Las Vegas this week to unveil a software client for its Citrix WANScaler product line, which is built on technology acquired from Orbital Data. (See Citrix Completes Deal, Intriguing Equation, and Citrix Grabs Orbital Data.) The software will be used on PCs and laptops to optimize the performance of applications such as SAP.

The idea is that the WANScaler client establishes a link with a data center-based WANScaler appliance, which is then used to speed up traffic across the network. (See Citrix Widens WAN Strategy.)

"I shouldnt lose the benefits of WAN optimization when I work out of the office," says Greg Smith, Citrix's senior director of product marketing. He claims "a pretty extensive" list of firms are beta testing the WANScaler client, though he won't identify them.

The vendor will also be demonstrating the client's ability to work with its SSL VPN Access Gateway at Interop. "This is part of our broader strategy of application security," says Smith. "We have engineered our WANScaler client to interoperate with IPSec and SSL VPN."

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