With the launch this week of its updated thin-client computing platform, Tarantella Inc. hopes to draw on its years of mainframe experience to offer enterprise users better scalability, drive mapping and local printing.
Tarantella Enterprise Version 3.1, to be announced at the NetWorld+Interop trade show in Las Vegas this week, includes improved packet prioritization to give users decreased input-to-output latency, especially in graphics- intensive applications, according to Tarantella Director of Strategy Guy Churchward.
Combined with new native clients for Unix and Linux, the features should help Tarantella capture larger customers that might shy away from rival Citrix Systems Inc., Tarantella officials said.
"Well deliver most, if not all, of the applications to most, if not all, of the [hardware] clients theyll be using," Churchward said. For handheld devices, Tarantella-enabled software will run through any Java-ready browser, he said.
"Those two issues [drive mapping and printing] really slowed down the adoption rate with our customers," said James Flavin, vice president of engineering at Allegrix Inc., regarding Tarantella. Allegrix is a Santa Clara, Calif., provider of Web and application service provider enablement software.
Tarantella will also announce a technology alliance group at N+I. Initial members of the group demonstrating Tarantella-integrated products at the show include Compaq Computer Corp., IBM, Neoware Systems Inc., Nokia Corp., Sun Microsystems Inc., New Internet Computer Co. and Wyse Technology Inc., officials said. Future news from the Santa Cruz, Calif., company will include partnerships with portal vendors, officials said.
Such a move is in line with Citrixs plans, as the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., company last week finalized its buyout of portal company Sequoia Software Corp., of Columbia, Md.