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Great Eastern Shipping Company Improves Business Agility with Citrix MetaFrame Presentation Server.

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India's Largest Private Shipping Company Enables Secure, Easy and

Instant Application Access Offshore

Citrix Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:CTXS), the global leader in access infrastructure solutions, today announced that The Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd. (GESCO), India's largest private sector shipping and offshore service provider, has deployed Citrix(R) MetaFrame(R) Presentation Server for on-demand access to business-critical applications from any location, including the high seas. GESCO has increased the efficiency of business process management and accelerated delivery of services to its global client base by using Citrix access infrastructure software to streamline application deployment across its enterprise.

With a team of over 1,000 personnel and a diversified fleet of 62 vessels, GESCO's business operations run 24/7, with concurrent activities in different time zones around the world. Secure, easy and instant information access is critical for GESCO to monitor services at various locations as well as the point-to-point movement of ships. Over a period of two years, GESCO underwent a major systems restructuring to streamline its IT operations. Moving business-critical applications from a client-server infrastructure to an Internet-based architecture was essential to remaining competitive. GESCO's decision makers had to have secure, SSL-encrypted access to business information at all times, regardless of their location.

"We were keen about investing in a solution that could be interfaced and implemented quickly with our existing client/server architecture to ensure commonality of application usage across the enterprise," said R.P. Dumasia, general manager of IT for GESCO. "Stability was a key factor, because several heterogeneous databases and applications such as Lotus Notes had to be updated often. The security aspects and the scalability for future expansion plans were also taken into account before we zeroed in on a Citrix solution."

The Citrix MetaFrame Access Suite centralizes applications and information, enabling IT staffs to deliver, manage, monitor and measure enterprise resources on demand, and giving users anywhere, anytime, any-device, any-connection access to these resources. As the foundation of the MetaFrame Access Suite, MetaFrame Presentation Server provides an exceptional foundation to build highly scalable, flexible, secure, manageable access solutions that reduce computing costs and increase the utility of any information system.

With Citrix MetaFrame Presentation Server, GESCO now provides seamless and continuous access to Web-based applications, improving business responsiveness. Applications such as IBM(R) Lotus(R) Notes(R); ShipNet marine information and ship monitoring (including Chartering and Scheduling, Post Fixture Management, Accounting and Budgeting, and Procurement and Contracting); and GESCO's proprietary human resources information system are centrally deployed and managed on MetaFrame Presentation Server.

"We're committed to delivering technology services that optimize our business efficiencies," continued R.P. Dumasia. "With Citrix MetaFrame Presentation Server, we have gained higher business responsiveness due to faster information access and retrieval, better management of business processes, and faster delivery of services to customers."

About Citrix

Citrix Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:CTXS) is the global leader in access infrastructure solutions and the most trusted name in enterprise access. Citrix software enables people in businesses, government agencies and educational institutions to securely, easily and instantly access the on-demand enterprise, from anywhere, anytime, using any device, over any connection. Nearly 50 million people in more than 120,000 organizations rely on the Citrix MetaFrame Access Suite to do their jobs. Citrix customers include 100% of the Fortune 100 companies, 99% of the Fortune 500 and 92% of the Fortune Global 500. Based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Citrix has offices in 22 countries, and more than 7,000 channel and alliance partners in more than 100 countries. For more information visit

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Date:Dec 22, 2003
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