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Well this is quite a different slant on how to maintain a continuous encrypted session from a Mobile Device or Laptop back to a Citrix Server regardless of whether you want to use GSM/GPRS/WiFi? I'll let my mate Dave over on his Blog explain about Apollo from Brand Communications a bit more, but I can definitely see the advantages from a Hospital, Police, Fire service sort of perspective in that although they need more security, they also need the mobility aspect?

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Put very simple their product, Apollo which is an 800k install, sits on a device, a device being any type of Windows PDA or Windows laptop and pretends to be a NIC, but the traffic is sent over IP and encrypted, it basically makes the device believe it is directly connected to the network and takes over the communication from IP stack below. Apollo can switch between WiFi, to GPRS so quickly that you can be using Skype on a phone call and you won’t notice the change.

With Apollo the communication channel is always open and doesn’t noticeably take much more of the battery of a PDA.

Now the cool thing for a laptop is that Apollo has been design to work with Citrix. For example you can login into your Citrix connection over GPRS, but when the GPRS connection is dropped, Apollo will hold open the ICA session thus stopping Citrix from killing the session. Once contact has been re-established Apollo will match the ICA session on the device with the session it has been keeping open back at base.
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Posted on Wednesday, November 23, 2005 9:24 PM Citrix , IT Management , Real Cool Stuff , Microsoft Tips , Security | Back to top


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Did I tell you about this little tool that comes with it where you can watch all the transactions between every device and HQ and what they are up to. Sounds simple, yes it is, it used to trouble shoot mobile providers networks and router providers kit!
Left by Dave Oliver on Nov 24, 2005 6:00 PM

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