Global Car-Parts Manufacturer Replaces Citrix to Save Over 80% in IT Operational Costs

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Fisher & Company Deploys 2X ApplicationServer to Significantly Reduce Administration and Software Maintenance Costs

Dallas, Irving, Texas, May 29, 2009 – 2X Software Ltd., the international developer of virtual computing software solutions, announced today that the 2X ApplicationServer solution has been successfully deployed by Fisher & Company, a Michigan-based car parts manufacturer, enabling the company to reduce server administration and operational costs by 86% overall. Use of the 2X ApplicationServer solution will allow Fisher & Company to efficiently provide remote application access to over 300 users across the globe, with company offices in the United States, Mexico, Germany, India and Japan.

Kevin McDaid, network administrator at Fisher & Company, explained that his previous Citrix-based remote application publishing solution had a “$75,000 initial product cost,” not including “an additional $11,000 in annual maintenance fees.” In contrast, using the 2X ApplicationServer solution cost the company only “$12,000 including maintenance fees,” providing significant savings for McDaid’s company IT budget. Additionally, McDaid notes that compared to his previous Citrix solution, using the 2X ApplicationServer means his “servers can go a lot longer between reboots, and I can add more users to each server,” providing significant server operational savings, as well as reducing the administrative hassle of maintaining larger server farms.

Even while providing significant cost savings and increased efficiency, the installation and day-to-day use of the 2X ApplicationServer at the company has been entirely non-problematic. McDaid comments that in contrast to the “two days required to install our nine Citrix servers, resulting primarily from Citrix-required policy updates and modifications,” the 2X ApplicationServer solution setup was quick, with product installation taking “only six hours.” The ApplicationServer’s superior performance has ensured that “all users have been able to map to their local printer without any problems,” even though a majority of the company’s employees occasionally work from home in locations all over the world.

Scott Sims, 2X Business Development Manager, explained that 2X Software was “proud that Fisher and Company chose 2X for their global application and desktop delivery. The 2X ApplicationServer protects companies from exploding software maintenance and administration costs. To stay competitive, companies are becoming increasingly dependent on flexible and secure access to their applications and data from any location. With centrally managed and published applications, businesses can optimize access to their network.”

A case study on Fisher & Company’s integration of the 2X ApplicationServer can be found here: Fisher & Company Case Study.

About 2X ApplicationServer

The 2X ApplicationServer tunnels any Windows application or desktop onto remote computers, including Mac and Linux desktops, without the need to install the application or desktop onto each user’s machine. This provides significant savings on administration and support.

New features:

  • Windows 2008 Server 32 / 64 Bit support
  • Access-Security by allowing to filter by MAC addresses
  • Delegation of administration rights
  • Improved Administration with 2X Log Viewer and 2X Monitor
  • Support for sorting and filtering in 2X Console
  • Improved 2X Universal Printing and management
  • Improved 2X Web Access Portal with: web client auto detection
  • Client Proxy Support

Obtaining the free version

2X is offering a free 3 connection license of 2X ApplicationServer for Windows Terminal Services available at: Organizations can install applications onto one central server and use 2X ApplicationServer to seamlessly tunnel up to 3 connections per server onto remote desktops.

About 2X

2X Software Ltd – 2X – is a company developing software for the booming server-based computing market. Thin client computing controls spiraling PC management costs, centralizes application and desktop management, improves security and performance and allows users to work remotely. The company’s product line includes: 2X ThinClientServer, 2X LoadBalancer for Terminal Services/Citrix, 2X ApplicationServer for Windows Terminal Services, and 2X VirtualDesktopServer. 2X is a privately held company with offices in the USA, Germany, UK, Cyprus and Malta. Its management team is backed by years of experience in developing and selling network infrastructure software. 2X is a Microsoft and RedHat partner. For more information visit:

About Fisher & Company

Fisher & Company is the parent corporation of two manufacturing companies: Fisher Dynamics, a seating systems and mechanisms manufacturer, and Fisher Corporation, a high-quality, safety-critical metal parts producer. The firm has been operated by the Fisher family for four generations and brings considerable manufacturing expertise to mechanism production challenges, with the engineering capabilities to develop “best-in-class” products for vehicles of all types. The firm has a truly global reach, with offices in India, China, Japan, Germany and Mexico, as well as several within the United States. The company’s website is located at

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Sean Bianco is the marketing documentalist and technical writer at Parallels. With a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and Networking and a three year background in software quality assurance testing and usability engineering, Sean is a subject matter expert in mobility and smartphone, app and device management. He is well-versed in developing technical articles and determining market trends. His excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, with emphasis on understanding relationships between technical problems, result in sound and effective business solutions.