Citrix takes WinFrame beyond Windows

Looking to expand its WinFrame terminal environment beyond Windows, Citrix Systems has acquired Insignia Solutions' Ntrigue technology, which includes Macintosh and Unix Independent Computing Architecture (ICA)-based clients. By using Insignia's software, Citrix will be able to offer access to Windows applications from any operating system, as well as from non-Intel machines. The US$17.5 million Insignia deal, and a separate $8 million licensing deal with Epicon, which addresses full-fledged Windows 95 and Windows NT clients, will allow Citrix to build 'a product line that is stronger than the sum of its parts,' according to a report from Zona Research.

Looking to expand its WinFrame terminal environment beyond Windows, Citrix Systems has acquired Insignia Solutions' Ntrigue technology, which includes Macintosh and Unix Independent Computing Architecture (ICA)-based clients.

By using Insignia's software, Citrix will be able to offer access to Windows applications from any operating system, as well as from non-Intel machines, according to Roger W. Roberts. Citrix president.

"The technologies we will be purchasing will provide a basis for enhancing the capabilities of our thin-client/server software products, making it easier for customers to extend the reach of Windows-based applications to any type of client device," Roberts said.

Half of Insignia's development team will join Citrix in England, at the company's new research and development center.

Citrix licensed its WinFrame software to Microsoft last year.

Picasso, the code name of Citrix's ICA-based, thin-client, server-system software for Microsoft's Windows-based Terminal Server, is currently in beta testing.

The US$17.5 million Insignia deal, and a separate $8 million licensing deal with Epicon, which addresses full-fledged Windows 95 and Windows NT clients, will allow Citrix to build "a product line that is stronger than the sum of its parts," according to a report from Zona Research.

"This combination, thick or thin client in the same environment, will give IT managers new options under the same management structure," stated the report. "With these options in hand, we believe the IT decision maker is going to rule out certain other options, such as network computers."

Citrix Systems, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, can be reached at http://www.citrix.com/.

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