Application delivery vendor Centrix Software today launched WorkSpace 3.0, a platform allowing corporates to aggregate application access into a catalogue accessible through a single, secure and customisable browser.
WorkSpace provides a single interface for corporate applications, effectively decoupling back-end datacentre infrastructure from the client-side delivery of applications, according to Centrix chief executive and founder Lisa Hammond.
"All your employees need is any browser and all they need to know is a single URL which is routed through the corporate firewall," she said.
WorkSpace uses software adaptors which connect the corporate server-side infrastructure to the device that employees use for web access.
Hammond explained that companies could host WorkSpace "inside their datacentres, effectively becoming software-as-a-service providers in their own right".
Centrix believes that corporates are loathe to allow critical business data to be stored outside their datacentres "in the cloud". Having a single application route through corporate datacentres lets companies roll out what would otherwise be seen as potentially unsecured consumer applications.
With the new version of WorkSpace, Centrix is also releasing an application programming interface to allow customers to plug into non-standard environments, according to Hammond.
One customer convinced of the new system is the Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, which has chosen WorkSpace for publishing applications to 2,500 employees in EMEA and North America.
Global firms can apply 'skins' to web pages, which Hammond claimed is "great for firms dealing with acquisitions, mergers, demergers, offshoring and outsourcing".
WorkSpace 3.0 is available via subscription at £10 per user per month with maintenance included, or as a perpetual licence for £200 with maintenance payable at 20 per cent per year.
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