Launches NFuse Elite - Industry's First Channel Ready Access Portal Server
Citrix Targets Portal Buyers Demanding Simple, Powerful Access and Quick Time-to-Value. NFuse Elite Includes Syndicated Content Through Deal with ScreamingMedia
NEW YORK- June 3, 2002 - Citrix Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CTXS), a global leader in virtual workplace software and services, today announced the details of general availability and pricing for Citrix® NFuse® Elite, its highly anticipated access portal server. NFuse Elite, which gives customers access to the information and applications they need to do their jobs in a quick-to-deploy, cost-effective solution, can be ordered through all NFuse Elite certified members of Citrix's channel organization of over 7,000 value-added resellers, systems integrators, independent software vendors (ISVs) and distributors. As the industry's first simple, powerful access portal, NFuse Elite gives users secure, point-and-click access to their own personalized set of applications and content - while administrators get the ease and convenience of centralized portal management.
NFuse Elite will retail for $67 per named user, inclusive of Citrix Subscription Advantage, an annual plan that provides customers with automatic delivery of software upgrades, enhancements and maintenance releases, as well as priority access to important Citrix technology information and customer service news.
"My goal as CTO is to help people use information and information systems more effectively and effortlessly," said Darren Dworkin, chief technology officer, Boston Medical Center. "After evaluating NFuse Elite, I think Citrix will make it easier for me to achieve this goal. By providing a simple, yet powerful framework for integrating clinical data, Web applications and services, and client-server applications, NFuse Elite has the makings to be our next generation clinician desktop - one that provides the access and security our users demand."
With simple, wizard-driven installation and pre-configured roles, themes and templates, NFuse Elite will deliver on the promise of an "out-of-the box" access portal. After evaluating the NFuse Elite technology preview for the past four weeks, Richard Schroeder, vice president, Consulting Services for Vector ESP, noted, "NFuse Elite is the easiest portal server we have ever deployed."
Schroeder added, "To date, best-of-breed portal products have imposed implementation complexities and pricing models which impeded Vector's recommended approach: start small, gain incremental value, then accelerate. I think Vector customers are going to find NFuse Elite to be a breakthrough product."
In related news, Citrix and ScreamingMedia announced that the two companies have signed an agreement to include ScreamingMedia's syndicated content within the NFuse Elite access portal, giving customers their first year of service at no charge - a first for the portal industry. (See related release, "Citrix and ScreamingMedia Sign Portal Content Deal.")
Beyond ScreamingMedia, Citrix has established and will continue to form alliances with leading software vendors whose products add plug-in functionality to NFuse Elite. Initial alliances have been formed with vendors providing content management, collaboration and syndicated content, including Bantu, Documentum, eRoom, SiteScape and Stellent.
"NFuse Elite is a powerful access portal for organizations looking to provide a Web-based front-end for business to employee computing resources. It effectively opens up access to UNIX, Java, the Web, and the full range of Windows applications," said Bill Peterson, director, Portals and Content Management for Hurwitz Group. "Citrix has taken a very intelligent approach to its entry into the portal market by targeting its large installed base and organizations looking to implement an access portal for business to employee computing running on the major application platforms - two very large and diverse target opportunities that should propel NFuse Elite to success."
Simple, Powerful Access
"With over 5,000 customer downloads of the technical preview, there's clearly pent-up customer demand for a powerful, browser-based workspace that delivers rapid time-to-value and compelling access capabilities," said Bob Kruger, senior vice president of development and chief technology officer for Citrix. "The benefits of NFuse Elite are clear: increased productivity for users and administrators, more efficient use of IT resources, and a rapid return on investment. We believe that the combination of a feature rich access portal and an attractive price point will propel Citrix and NFuse Elite to the forefront of the portal market."
NFuse Elite Global Launch Webcast
Citrix offers two families of products that enable virtual access to information: Application Server software, including MetaFrame XP, MetaFrame for Windows and MetaFrame for UNIX; and Access Portal software, including NFuse Elite and NFuse Classic. The company markets its products through a well-established indirect channel comprising more than 7,000 resellers, integrators and consultants. In fiscal 2001, the company had net revenues of $591.6 million. Citrix is traded on the Nasdaq Stock MarketSM under the symbol CTXS, and is part of the Standard and Poor's 500 Index. Citrix is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. For more information, please visit the Citrix Web site at http://www.citrix.com.
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