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XenApp Fundamentals for SMB Now in Amazon EC2 Cloud

Small Business can take advantage of Apps in the Cloud

Citrix has released a public AMI ( Amazon Machine Image ) in the EC2 Cloud recently as part of the C3 Lab initiative with Amazon Web Services. XenApp Fundamentals is the new name for Access Essentials which is an ideal solution for SMB's looking for a simple way to administer and deliver Windows apps to office PC's, Thin Clients, Desktop Appliances, home PC's, Mac's, Laptops or mobile devices. Only a Receiver client is required on the endpoint, the applications get installed on a single XenApp server and are simply published to the users you want to access the app. The Admin console is wizard driven and easy to use, with the option for advanced features only if required.

Putting XenApp Fundamentals in EC2 makes everything even easier, no servers to buy or configure, the image is pre-built and ready to run. The Amazon AWS plus Windows Server cost is only 12.5 cents per hour while it is operation. Even if left on 24 hours a day all month thats only $93 /mo ( plus storage and bandwidth, which is nominal for testing ). Also included is a 2 User XenApp evaluation License, so there are no other downloads or registrations required. Once an Amazon account is set up one only needs to install your own apps in the image and click to publish to any user with any device.

A GoView screencast video is available to walk through every step of the process which will take less than 15 minutes to started.

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Chris Fleck is Vice President of Emerging Solutions at Citrix Systems. Chris started his career at IBM working across multiple engineering and product organizations leading to Business Unit Exec of the IBM Industrial Computer Group. As a pioneer of new technologies, Chris founded an IBM spin-off to commercialize the initial Server Blade products as CEO of OmniCluster Technologies. At Citrix Chris is responsible for Emerging Solutions and is involved with or leading strategic initiatives at the company. You can follow him on Twitter and his blog at