Citrix partners with BEA on portal software

Citrix Systems Inc. made several announcements at its iForum show last week, including a licensing agreement with BEA Systems Inc. to develop an NFuse Classic portlet for the BEA WebLogic Portal 7.0.

This news builds on the Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Citrix’s existing agreements that connect the NFuse Classic portal software with the Oracle 9iAS Portal, Sun ONE Portal Server and the IBM WebSphere Portal.

NFuse Classic is part of Citrix’s access portal product family, which provides customers with role-based access to applications and information aggregated into a Web portal from an organization’s disparate systems.

The partnerships allow existing end users integrated access to legacy and client/server applications through their chosen portal interface, Citrix said.

The joint solution will be available at the end of the year and can be downloaded at the BEA Portal Solution Center, the companies said.

Citrix also announced at iForum its first Service Pack for its NFuse Elite access portal server software and previewed new features of MetaFrame XP for Windows.

The service pack speeds portal desktop log on time – including automatic log-in – and enables NFuse Elite administrators to download new Content Delivery Agents (CDAs) from the Citrix NFuse Elite Central Web site, Citrix said.

The CDAs include adaptors for applications such as Lotus iNotes, Microsoft Outlook and Windows NetMeeting Internet collaboration and conferencing solution, as well as database viewers that display on the portal desktop a custom view of data residing in Oracle, Microsoft SQL and Microsoft Access databases.

The new features of Citrix’s application serving and management platform MetaFrame XP with Feature Release 3 include “extended” support for Microsoft’s upcoming operating system, Windows .NET Server 2003, company officials said.

The offering is scheduled for general availability in the first half of 2003, Citrix said, and features a universal server farm print driver, a faster browser, and “simplified” license activation.