"Version 3.0... the company's Peter Bondar tells us, involves a
complete rewrite rather than minor adjustments. He says it now
supports ten times the number of users, and 50 per cent less CPU
time, so that 600 users can hang off a 700Mhz server, bargaining
for 6Mb of RAM per user."
"Of course apple-for-apple (or even lemon-for-lemon) comparisons
with Citrix only go so far, as Tarantella sits in the middle of a
three tier plan, sitting between the client and the host
application servers. Tarantella is really just a daemon that
delivers and manages display information, with - the argument goes
- the expense of deploying a specialist middle tier being offset by
gains such as follow-me printing, saving state information and the
ability to dispense with running terminal software elsewhere."
"Pricing stays the same, says Bondar, at £249 per
concurrent user list. He says most of the business is on
Solaris for now, although he expects the Linux side to grow, and
Hitachi is to build a black-box network appliance server based on
Linux that runs the Tarantella daemon. The software itself is
slated to roll out on October 30."
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