What is server-based computing?
Traditional mini- and
mainframe computing deliver some of the same "centralized computing" benefits as
server-based computing. The problem is that these types of machines weren't
designed for the thousands of GUI-based Windows applications that are available
today. Furthermore, users on these types of machines are familiar with the
text-based interface and are typically slow to adopt new operating systems.
Also, many of today's new devices-like Windows-based terminals, PDAs, wireless
tablets, and information
appliances-are not compatible with the Windows-based,
business-critical applications being used in the enterprise unless rewrites are
With server-based computing, the latest Windows-based programs can be extended to these thin devices without application rewrites. This enables users to work in their preferred environments and still access the Windows-based applications they need to work successfully. Plus, organizations can reap the benefits resulting from reduced overhead, lower acquisition costs and fewer moving parts.
In addition, because the applications execute 100 percent on the server, and only keystrokes, mouse clicks and screen updates are transmitted over the network between the server and client, Citrix software enables high application performance even over bandwidth-constrained connections as well as greater data security.
Citrix MetaFrame uses the
ICA client, an industry standard that enables client devices of all types to shift
application processing to the server with very low bandwidth requirements. PC's, MAC's UNIX and Linux workstations, Web browser-enabled devices, laptops, set top boxes, mobile handheld devices
and other network appliances can be used transparently to access any application running on Windows 2000 Servers.
computing model employs three critical components. The first is a multi-user
operating system that enables multiple concurrent users to log on and run
applications in separate, protected sessions on a single server. The second is a
highly efficient computing technology that separates the application's logic
from its user interface, so only keystrokes, mouse clicks and screen updates
travel the network. As a result, application performance is
bandwidth-independent. The third key component, centralized application and
client management, enables large computing environments to overcome the critical
application deployment challenges of management, access, performance and
Citrix MetaFrame for Windows 2000 Servers empowers you with the end-to-end command and control that enterprise-class computing demands.
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