HOUSTON -- Today at Citrix Synergy, the event where virtualization, networking and application delivery meet, Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTXS) and Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT) announced the immediate availability of Citrix Branch Repeater, an innovative new line of branch office appliances developed and marketed as part of a strategic alliance between the two companies. By staging the delivery of applications and Windows services closer to branch office users, Citrix Branch Repeater helps make branch office computing faster and more cost-effective for companies of all sizes.
Citrix Branch Repeater will be sold as part of the Citrix Delivery Center product family, an end-to-end infrastructure designed to help customers transform static datacenters into dynamic delivery centers. Just as digital television repeaters amplify and retransmit media signals to homes in a given neighborhood, Citrix Branch Repeater sits between corporate datacenters and branch offices, amplifying and retransmitting applications to branch office users. Based on Windows Server and available with Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server software, the Citrix Branch Repeater provides an ideal complement to application virtualization solutions, enhancing application delivery and performance while simultaneously delivering critical Windows Server infrastructure services in the branch.
This type of alliance will give companies more flexibility for managing their branches, and it will address never-ending bandwidth demands from branch workers, said Robin Gareiss, executive vice president and senior founding partner, Nemertes Research. The adoption of managed services at the branch is increasing. Today, 63 percent of companies use some form of managed services at the branch, compared to 46 percent in 20071.
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