2X delivers alternative to Citrix Presentation Server at a fraction of the price
London, UK, 10 October 2006 – 2X announces the release of 2X ApplicationServer v.4, which allows seamless publishing of Windows applications onto remote desktops, significantly reducing administration overheads and security risks. The new version adds integrated load balancing, Linux & Mac client support, support for server farms, SSL tunneling and more.
“Application publishing slashes companies’ IT administration costs, improves security, and provides easy remote access for business applications. Until now most companies were reluctant to invest in expensive application publishing solutions, but with 2X pricing starting at $395, it is now affordable to any company,” said Nikolaos Makris, CEO of 2X Software.
2X ApplicationServer: New features
• Integrated load balancing: 2X ApplicationServer can intelligently connect users seamlessly to the appropriate terminal server. Using resource-based load balancing it can ensure redundancy, as well as distributing resource usage across a farm of terminal servers. It can also reconnect users to disconnected sessions and load balance RDP and ICA connections simultaneously.
• Supports server farms: Publishing can be done on an entire farm (group of terminal servers).
• Remote application publishing via SSL tunneling: With SSL tunneling, remote users can connect securely to any Windows application without the need for a VPN. End-to-end SSL encryption & certificate support makes it secure. Only a single open port is required, making it very manageable for the administrator.
• Linux client: Allows publishing of Windows applications onto Linux desktops or Linux-based thin clients. The Linux client is integrated with a number of free thin client solutions including 2X ThinClientServer and Thinstation
• Mac client: Mac users can run Windows applications easily without the need for virtual machines.
• Easy to use: 2X ApplicationServer has been designed from the ground up to be easy to use. Whereas competitive solutions often required training to get started, 2X ApplicationServer v.4’s use of wizards and clear interface allows admins to get application publishing up within half an hour!
Competitive upgrade for current Citrix users
2X is ideal for environments already running Citrix, since its pricing is significantly lower than Citrix upgrade pricing or even maintenance renewal costs! On top of that, 2X has launched a Competitive Upgrade Discount program that offers companies 40% discount on the initial purchase price of 2X ApplicationServer. Find out more at: http://www.2x.com/applicationserver/citrix.htm.
Free 5 application version of 2X ApplicationServer
To help companies get started with application publishing, 2X is offering a free 5 application publishing version. This version does not time out and is community supported via the 2X forums at http://forums.2x.com.
The offer is available from http://www.2x.com/applicationserver/application-publishing.htm. With it, organizations can install applications onto one central server and can use 2X ApplicationServer to seamlessly tunnel up to 5 applications per server onto remote desktops.
2X Software Ltd - 2X - is a company developing software for the booming server-based computing market. Thin client computing controls spiraling PC management costs, centralizes application and desktop management, improves security and performance and allows users to work remotely. The company’s product line includes: 2X ThinClientServer Enterprise and PXES editions, 2X LoadBalancer for Terminal Services/Citrix, 2X ApplicationServer for Windows Terminal Services, 2X SecureRDP for Windows Terminal Services and 2X TerminalServer for Linux. 2X is a privately held company with offices in Frankfurt, Cyprus, UK and Malta. Its management team is backed by years of experience in developing and selling network infrastructure software. 2X is a Microsoft and RedHat partner. For more information visit: www.2x.com, www.2xsoftware.de, www.2xsoftware.it, www.2xsoftware.fr, www.2xsoftware.es.
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