Citrix buys Bytemobile, targets mobile operators

Desktop virtualization and cloud computing vendor Citrix Systems is expanding into the mobile infrastructure market, announcing on Thursday it plans to acquire mobile traffic optimization company Bytemobile. The companies didn’t disclose the terms of the deal, but they expect it to close in the third quarter.

Citrix and Cotendo team up to accelerate enterprise SaaS apps

Citrix Systems has partnered with Cotendo to introduce a product to add more speed and security to enterprise applications that need remote availability with LAN-like reliability. The NetScaler CloudConnector, which the companies announced today, combines the Citrix NetScaler infrastructure with Cotendo’s web and mobile acceleration services.

Zoho Adds Facebook Connect Support

Zoho today announced support for Facebook Connect, which means you can now access its entire suite of applications using your Facebook account. If you don’t already have a Zoho account, then you can sign up with your Facebook ID.

Twitter’s an Energy Guzzler & Other Hard Truths for Web 2.0 App Addicts

For most Twitterers, it’s safe to say that the environmental impact of tweeting what you had for dinner ranks quite below top of mind. But web applications that involve constant updates and real-time information — such as many of those on the Twitter platform and especially those supported for mobile — are like the Hummers of web apps, guzzling away energy through continuous server connections for each user.
That’s according to Greg Smith, director of product marketing for Citrix System’s (s CTXS) application networking division. On Tuesday, the company announced a new feature for its Netscaler lineup (designed to speed delivery of web applications for use across the wide area network) that could help shrink the server needs — and thus the energy consumption — of those Hummer-like and highly addictive apps.
Here’s the thing with rich, interactive applications: Each user typically maintains long-lived, or continuous connection with the server. In traditional, more static web pages you would click on a link, and that would request information from the server. The server would give you that information, then close the connection. At any one time, Smith said, only some 5 percent of online users would be connecting with the server.
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