Users of Citrix Winframe are finding the price of upgrading to Windows NT 4.0 Terminal Server and Citrix Metaframe prohibitive.
Avi Fraenkel, group IT manager of UK textile firm Worthington Group, is running Winframe 1.7 on four servers with 15 users on each, and estimates his cost of upgrading at around #24,000.
?The cost is really prohibitive,? Fraenkel said. Having already paid for Windows 95 client licences and Wyse Winterm thin client software, Fraenkel said he would have to buy an additional NT workstation licence for each of his site's 60 clients.
Microsoft's multi-user licensing strategy charges per client, rather than per concurrent user. A Winframe licence covers any 15 users at one time, and includes Citrix ICA client licences. Frances Reay, Microsoft NT product marketing manager, admitted there had been disquiet about the licensing charges but blamed this on ?misunderstandings?.
The Microsoft list price of the products is ?the worst case scenario.? Reay said: ?Users rarely end up paying these prices.?
To upgrade to NT Terminal Server, users need a server licence plus a client access licence for the server, and an NT workstation licence for each client. Reay said if users are running any form of Windows on existing clients, including Windows CE on a Windows Based Terminal, they will pay only an upgrade fee. Reay said: ?I haven't yet met a user who's rejected this technology because of cost.?
The Microsoft man has yet to encounter Fraenkel. ?If you're running Wyse Winterms with the ICA client, you have to pay a new NT workstation licence for each of these, and this is not attractive,? he said.
Joanne Wallen is a reporter on Computing
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