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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.

It was interesting to note a couple of different articles that popped up on Michel's site this week, it seems to me that Citrix might have pushed the Presentation Server revenues about as far as it can? In some ways they are acting like the 800 pound gorilla that does what ever it wants because it can get away with it?

There's no doubt that Citrix is price sensitive in it's newer markets like the SSL-VPN play as well as NetScaler, etc. but in the Terminal Server market it is still quite a price to ante up to, especially as there are people and companies who are obviously eyeing up that premium and thinking that they only need to "convert" a small percentage of the market to make it a viable opportunity?

Makes me think that ever since old Ed was booted out, Citrix have been getting a little too corporate and thinking a bit too much like bean counters? instead of being Customer Focused? Time will tell? Don't miss the quote at the bottom from Novell - remember them?  LOL!

What do you think?

Citrix Systems Shares At 'Notable Premiums'
"Standard & Poor's Equity Research downgraded shares of Citrix Systems to "hold" from "strong buy," saying the recent rise in the stock has prompted "risk-reward" concerns.
"The shares have risen 39% since late July 2005, and have approached our 12-month target price of $33," wrote analyst Scott Kessler."

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This article provides a possible solution for creating your own publoshed applications by extending Microsoft's RDP client using virtual channels to communicate between the server and the client. This option has been chosen over writing or extending an existing open source RDP client (such as rdesktop) because we will still be able to take advantage of all the features in Microsoft's client (and presumably all new features they add in the future). Also, an advantage to using Microsoft's client is that we can get some rudimentary application publishing over a web page since their terminal services client has an ActiveX component to do this.
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  • Application publishing with true seamless Windows applications
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  • Remote desktop support
  • Load balancing
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  • 100% compatibility with any Windows application and file format
  • Integration with directory services and Single Sign-On capabilities

Doesn't this look intriguing? and these chaps are heading along to BriForum....??

Secure Browser Web To Host Solution

Let's not forget the lesson of Novell?
Believe it or not this quote below comes from Novell's own web site.......

According to IDC, by the end of Q395 NetWare maintained a 64 percent market share for network operating systems, compared to 6 percent market share for MS Windows NT Server in the same category. In a study of all server operating systems-which includes UNIX and PC LAN application servers as well as network operating systems-NetWare maintains a 52.2 percent market share (in ALL Systems) in installed base, more than all varieties of UNIX combined. Microsoft holds a 6.3 percent installed base in this arena, which includes MS Windows NT Server (both as a file and application server) and Windows for Workgroups. Through 1999, IDC predicts that "Novell will remain the leading network OS vendor and will successfully upgrade a large portion of its installed base to NetWare 4.x . . . " (PC LAN Operating Systems, IDC, September 1995).

And now where are they? As per my other post relating to Nikon dropping Film Cameras, nothing lasts forever, change is inevitable, Citrix should enjoy their time in the sun while it lasts........    ;-)

Posted on Monday, January 16, 2006 8:32 PM Citrix , IT Management , Real Cool Stuff , Microsoft Tips , VMware and other Virtualization tools | Back to top

Comments on this post: Has Citrix reached the top of this cycle? Will the monopoly implode?

# re: Has Citrix reached the top of this cycle? Will the monopoly implode?
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Nice article. But i have to say that for me Citrix biggest threat is "Bear paw", Microsofts Longhorn Server Terminal Services. It is said to be including Seamless Publishes Apps, LB and SSL connectivity. Those are the main reasons my clients opt for investing in Citrix products. So THAT would destroy Citrix's earnings i guess.
Left by stefan Schinning on Jan 17, 2006 10:08 AM

# re: Has Citrix reached the top of this cycle? Will the monopoly implode?
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I remember Citrix stock bottoming out and buying a lot of stock. It was my thinking that Microsoft didn't have the ability or market drive (back then thin was a higher risk for market share potential) But now they may have developed that ability.

I guess the real question is what is the direction Citrix will head into and what price point will keep them profitable (opps, sorry... buy low sell high... )
Left by Nichobemo on Feb 06, 2007 12:18 PM

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