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Dejai prides itself
on providing leading edge solutions. Our new partnership
with Citrix is just another step forward in equipping
our valued clients with technology that will give
them the competitive edge.
Citrix is a Global leader in application server
software and services. Founded in 1989, Citrix
now has over 1,300 employees in 12 countries worldwide.
By reducing cost and complexity in deploying enterprise
applications globally, Citrix application server
software and services enable companies to gain
a competitive edge. Specifically, they allow companies
to enjoy predictable, affordable and secure access
to business-critical applications, as well as
greater reach and faster deployment time.
Citrix software and services provide companies
the "Digital Independence™" to better leverage
everything in their existing and planned computing
environments - from operating systems to devices
to applications to networks. They also enable
companies to free themselves from the constraints
associated with computing in the past.
MetaFrame extends the reach of Windows 2000 Server
applications to non-Windows systems. MetaFrame
eases deployment and manageability of business
critical applications and reduces total cost of
ownership through centralized application control.
Distributing applications throughout an enterprise
can be time-consuming and expensive. But as the
Test Center has seen in past reviews, Citrix MetaFrame
is a simple yet effective method of running Windows
applications on any platform. Now available for
Windows 2000, this new version continues its main
purpose of eliminating the need for installing
enterprise-wide software distribution but also
takes advantage of the new OS’ abilities and now
can serve as an ASP.
Older but still very usable computers get a new
lease of life with MetaFrame because the software
centrally locates applications on a server downloading
just the essentials to the client.
In addition, the client still has access to their
local drives and printers while getting the full
benefit of the remote execution of the software.
MetaFrame is also ideal for non-Windows systems
such as Unix and the MacOS.
MetaFrame 1.8 offers a complete server-based computing
solution. It enables Windows applications to run
on a dedicated server (or servers) and allows
Windows, Macintosh, OS/2, Java, DOS and UNIX clients
the ability to use these server-based applications.
MetaFrame also supports new thin clients and other
information appliances as well as centrally manageable
platform that leverages the current
investment in equipment and infrastructure.
It also allows excellent security for applications,
since both the data and the applications remain
on the server. The supercharged Windows 2000 Terminal
Services gives all the functionality afforded
by standard services and also offers the local
resources of a machine. Applications that are
actually running on a remote server look and feel
like they are running locally.
Multiple servers can be set up, and more can be
added at any time, allowing a solution provider
to distribute the load without changing anything
on the local user machines. It allows the deployment
of enterprise wide software at will, adding new,
shared applications without distributing anything
new to client machines.
Citrix MetaFrame was installed on a Compaq server
using two Pentium III processors running at 833MHz
with 512 Mbytes of ECRAM. Two 9.1-Gbyte hot-swappable
drives were installed on a Compaq SmartArray controller
and were set up as a single volume within Windows
initial setup took about 15 minutes and went without
incident. Installation was completed with a single
CD that included both the server and client software.
Client installation is even easier, literally
taking 5 minutes to install and configure the
client for the server. To test the software we
published a number of applications to be tested
on our small network. The network consisted of
the MetaFrame server, three Pentium III clients,
a Macintosh and even a 486 saved from the trash.
We also had one remote laptop dialing in to test
We tested a number of published applications and
there wasn't a program we tried that didn’t work.
Commentary MetaFrame 1.8 performed flawlessly,
and demonstrated exceptional speed and stability,
even when pushed to the limit. The program cannot
magically create processor cycles, but does the
most it can with what it is given (exceptionally
so). The CRN Test Center was impressed with Citrix
MetaFrame 1.8 and recommends it. –Michael Wroobel