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The NWC Interview: Citrix Systems' Mark Templeton

Mark Templeton
Citrix Systems

The move toward consumer-driven IT, as Google has called it, is an attempt to make software applications less complicated. Will this hurt Citrix Systems, which has thrived on reducing the complexity others have created?

Definitely not. As a matter of fact, many of the world's largest Web sites already run on Citrix. When you go to Google, Yahoo, MSN, eBay, Amazon or Apple, you're actually interfacing with those Web sites through our NetScaler infrastructure, which delivers those applications at high performance, manages the security of the site and the data as they travel the network, and then gives the IT organizations in those companies tight control over their costs.

You grew more than 20 percent in 2006 and passed the $1 billion sales mark for the first time. What has to happen for you to continue that sort of growth?

A big factor here is relevance. I've been with Citrix almost 12 years, and our application delivery infrastructure has never been more relevant. We also need to continue to innovate, not only in delivering client-server applications, but in delivering Web applications and desktops as a service, as well.

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