Wyse Expands Server Optimization Software

Software designed to increase app performance by as much as 100 percent in a server-centric computing environment.

Wyse Technology Inc. is expanding the capabilities of its Expedian server optimization software designed to increase the performance of applications by as much as 100 percent in a server-centric computing environment.

Expedian 1.5, released in January, improved server performance by allocating the proper resources to address requests coming into the server. Version 2.0, announced this week, increases that optimization by running the necessary calculations as applications are loaded, removing that duty from the CPU, said David Rand, director of corporate marketing for Wyse, of San Jose, Calif.

"When applications are loaded, they can skip the calculations on the CPU by [Expedian] doing them during the idle time before," Rand said. "This way, applications load faster."

The new version is also designed to improve performance in multithreaded applications, he said.

Expedian 2.0, which runs on all Microsoft Corp. Windows servers running Terminal Server and Citrix MetaFrame Presentation Server, is available immediately, with pricing ranging from $999 to $2,999, depending on the number of processors in the server.

For businesses with 10 or more servers, Expedian 2.0 also comes with an optional management console, enabling enterprises to manage their servers from a single console, Rand said. Pricing for the console starts at $4,995, he said.

Expedian is one of the products Wyse is offering as it tries to expand beyond its thin client roots. Rand said company officials are researching the possibility of engineering Expedian to manage general application servers and Web servers as well.

Last month, the company introduced Alcatraz, software designed to enable enterprises to put thin client capabilities onto their desktops by giving them access to applications housed on servers.