I have two very exciting announcement to make here: 1) Access Essentials 3.0 for Windows Server 2008 reached RTM, and 2) the launch of Access Essentials at Microsoft Virtual Launch Event for Essential Server Solutions on Nov 12.

Citrix Access Essentials 3.0 for Windows Server 2008 has achieved Release To Manufacturing (RTM). This is a major milestone for this remote access solution targeted at small businesses. Earlier this year, I posted about a number of features/enhancements that will be available in this release on Windows Server 2008, including support for Windows Server 2008, SpeedScreen technologies, as well as integration with Microsoft’s new mid-size business offering – Windows  Essentials Business Servers (EBS). I want to focus on our integration with EBS – see a screenshot below. Notice Citrix Servers, Sessions, Applications and Licenses tab – they enable IT generalists to manage their day-to-day Access Essentials operations (add/remove users to applications deliver by CAE, shadow users to help expedite helpdesk support, and more) right from the Essential Business Server management console

This integration is especially critical for mid-size businesses, where you have maybe 1 or 2 IT generalists covering a wide range of IT task. That means IT generalists at small and mid-size organization will have a single, seamless management experience for application delivery (via CAE), and their email, system, security (via EBS).

For small to mid-size business looking for a secure, remote access solution, I would encourage you to sign up for the Microsoft Virtual Launch Event for Essential Server Solutions on November 12! The Access Essentials team will be on-hand, virtually, to answer your questions. Register now for Windows Essentials Server Solutions Virtual Launch Event!