Ericom PowerTerm WebConnect Challenges Citrixs XenApp on Desktop Virtualization

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Ericom's PowerTerm WebConnect V5.6.1 desktop virtualization management is boldly stepping into Citrix’s XenApp's market space -- challenging XenApp's remote access and application publishing capabilities. Ericom’s PowerTerm WebConnect also opens up the world of server-based computing to solution providers servicing businesses both large and small.

What is it called when you combine a thin client with virtualization technology? Ericom hopes the answer to that question is PowerTerm WebConnect, a product that enables server-based computing using a variety of popular technologies. Server-based computing is straightforward, encompassing the creation of virtual machines and applications on a server and then delivering those sessions to thin clients. This is almost like how a traditional mainframe would work with dumb terminals -- all of the processing happening on the mainframe, and the terminal is handling the input and displaying the results.

On the PC side of the equation, the technology to do that is not new at all. Citrix has been doing server-based computing for years with its ICA (Independent Computing Architecture), Microsoft with RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) and a handful of others with proprietary solutions. All were designed to do basically the same thing -- deliver a desktop experience from a server down to a thin client. Until recently, those solutions were limited to niche deployments where the cost of hardware and software was not prohibitive and the applications were relatively simple.

Advances in software, hardware and broadband connectivity have changed that. Now it is feasible for most any company to run desktops via a thin client, and Ericom has been one of the companies to make it all possible.

The company’s success will come from its ability to best Citrix at its own game, by showing that PowerTerm WebConnect V5.6.1 is cheaper, faster and easier to manage than Citrix’s XenApp platform.

Ericom hopes to cover the widest market space by offering  PowerTerm WebConnect in four different flavors - Enterprise, Remote View, Desk View and Host View. Each version differs in platform support and feature set, with Enterprise offering pretty much every feature available.




Frank Ohlhorst Frank J. Ohlhorst is the Executive Technology Editor for eWeek Channel Insider and brings with him over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology field.He began his career as a network administrator and applications program in the private sector for two years before joining a computer consulting firm as a programmer analyst. In 1988 Frank founded a computer consulting company, which specialized in network design, implementation, and support, along with custom accounting applications developed in a variety of programming languages.In 1991, Frank took a position with the United States Department of Energy as a Network Manager for multiple DOE Area Offices with locations at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPL), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), FermiLAB and the Ames Area Office (AMESAO). Frank's duties included managing the site networks, associated staff and the inter-network links between the area offices. He also served at the Computer Security Officer (CSO) for multiple DOE sites. Frank joined CMP Technology's Channel group in 1999 as a Technical Editor assigned to the CRN Test Center, within a year, Frank became the Senior Technical Editor, and was responsible for designing product testing methodologies, assigning product reviews, roundups and bakeoffs to the CRN Test Center staff.In 2003, Frank was named Technology Editor of CRN. In that capacity, he ensured that CRN maintained a clearer focus on technology and increased the integration of the Test Center's review content into both CRN's print and web properties. He also contributed to Netseminar's, hosted sessions at CMP's Xchange Channel trade shows and helped to develop new methods of content delivery, Such as CRN-TV.In September of 2004, Frank became the Director of the CRN Test Center and was charged with increasing the Test Center's contributions to CMP's Channel Web online presence and CMP's latest monthly publication, Digital Connect, a magazine geared towards the home integrator. He also continued to contribute to CMP's Netseminar series, Xchange events, industry conferences and CRN-TV.In January of 2007, CMP Launched CRNtech, a monthly publication focused on technology for the channel, with a mailed audience of 70,000 qualified readers. Frank was instrumental in the development and design of CRNTech and was the editorial director of the publication as well as its primary contributor. He also maintained the edit calendar, and hosted quarterly CRNTech Live events.In June 2007, Frank was named Senior Technology Analyst and became responsible for the technical focus and edit calendars of all the Channel Group's publications, including CRN, CRNTech, and VARBusiness, along with the Channel Group's specialized publications Solutions Inc., Government VAR, TechBuilder and various custom publications. Frank joined Ziff Davis Enterprise in September of 2007 and focuses on creating editorial content geared towards the purveyors of Information Technology products and services. Frank writes comparative reviews, channel analysis pieces and participates in many of Ziff Davis Enterprise's tradeshows and webinars. He has received several awards for his writing and editing, including back to back best review of the year awards, and a president's award for CRN-TV. Frank speaks at many industry conferences, is a contributor to several IT Books, holds several records for online hits and has several industry certifications, including Novell's CNE, Microsoft's MCP.Frank can be reached at frank.ohlhorst@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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