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Thin Clients, VDI and Linux integration from the front lines.... Raw and sometimes unedited notes based on my experiences with VMware, Thin Clients, Linux etc.

So you do your best to keep an eye on what’s going on – especially in your particular specialist area – and so when you do get a chance to read one the popular IT Magazines like ITWeek you don’t expect too many suprises.


Sure, Symantec has bought Sygate, already saw that in a few days ago, HP leaks details of next generation iPaq’s (HW6700 series), yawn old news, WatchGuard and Citrix teamed up to provide mid-market SSL VPN for Secure Remote Access, big deal……..


Hang on a minute, read that last one back to me? What the heck’s going on here?


Reading through the scant details in ITWeek it would appear that in an effort to overcome some reservations about Citrix’s recent foray in to the Security Appliance side of the market that Customers are now going to have a choice of which Hardware they can run/purchase the Citrix Access Gateway on.


I did actually try to point out to Citrix when attending a Usability Survey at the iForum that as far as the Access Gateway goes, it does not need to convert many of us long-standing Citrix Techies, we’re there already! But what I thought they did have to do was switch their targets and try to win the hearts and minds of the Security Teams. In our organisation, the Security Team has always been pretty mellow towards the Access Gateway often wondering what all the fuss is about this late-comer on the SSL VPN scene.


The blurb goes on to describe this as:

“The combination of Citrix’s SSL VPN technology (read software?) with WatchGuard’s SMB*-optimised hardware creates a powerful, easy to deploy SSL VPN Solution with Enterprise-class functionality”

(*Server Message Block it says in the ITWeek – I must confess that I was under the impression that this stuff was so basic it wouldn’t need optimising, but they do say you learn something new every day? Perhaps someone was over keen on discovering the definition on Google? And it really means small-medium business’s? ;-)

Anyway, I digress (again.. sorry!), reading through the rest of the details and yes this sounds remarkably like an Access Gateway, complete with Kiosk mode, ability to check files and registry keys (but not the proper end-point analysis available with the Enterprise Add-on). But look, it only costs £1,795 (+Vat) for 5 users – mmmm…. 5 users for the Citrix Access Gateway is a retail of £95 each (incVat) and the box itself is how much again?


And this can scale up to max of 205 Users? Surely this is a typo? Citrix have been at pains to ensure that everyone knows that their box can support up to 2,000 connections.



More digging to be done, I will get to the bottom of this……

Posted on Tuesday, August 23, 2005 8:00 PM Citrix , IT Management | Back to top

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Have you had a chance to dig further into this? Any thoughts?

jonathan DOT curtis AT gmail DOT com
Left by Curious to Know What you Have Fo on Sep 26, 2005 5:31 PM

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