Citrix has come out with its product, Citrix web interface 5.4. What exactly is it, and how is it better than previous versions?
What is web interfacing?
An interface is defined as the platform where two factors meet. There are user-computer interfaces, which is the point where actual contact occurs between the user and the machine. A web interface is the point at which the user actually views all the content on the internet.
Web interfacing is the process of creating an interface that is usable by people who access the internet. There are a number of different companies that produce interfaces. Some simple rules to keep in mind during interfacing are:
Keep the usability at maximum: Navigation and processing of media should be simple and understandable. Planning must be diligent to ensure good flow.
Visualization must be to the point: Rather than using a lot of different distracting items, there must be some visually pleasing material and ‘About’ text.
Functionality of the interface: This refers to how useful the media is for a particular task.
Accessibility: Though this is something that is being neglected, there is a chance that it can impact web site usability negatively if it is not addressed.
A Brief History of Citrix
There are a number of companies that produce web interfaces. Citrix is one of them. It is a multinational software company in America, which specializes in a number of services like cloud computing technology and desktop virtualization. It was founded by IBM developer Ed Lacobucci in 1989 in Texas.
What is the Citrix Web Interface?
By using a standard web browser, users can access all published applications through the Citrix Web interface. Using Citrix web interface 5.4, all applications can be accessed through a plugin which is called Citrix XenApp.
The basic principle of XenApp is to set up a central server, and have different corporate departments in a company connected to it. This means that various users can remotely stay connected with this server, or the Citrix applications can be streamed and delivered to specific users.
To put it in simple language, Citrix XenApp (or Citrix Metaframe) allows you to access the files at your office from anywhere in the world, or on your LAN (Local Area Network). Irrespective of the speed of the internet connection or the type of connection being used (broadband, Wi-Fi or dial up), you will get speeds at real time as you access your office applications.
Advantages of Citrix Web interface 5.4
When you use Citrix XenApp to install this interface, you benefit because it allows you to:
Centralize all applications in your data center so you can cut down desktop management costs to nearly half.
Improve security, by controlling all access to data and having it encrypted.
Deliver all manner of applications to users who are operating from any part of the world, and on any device.
Simplify all delivery of applications and ensure automatic updating so that IT can focus on strategic initiatives.
The Citrix Web interface 5.4 is all set to find rapid popularity among the users in the days to come.