Citrix opens training center in China

Following on an agreement with a major Chinese distributor to market its products, Citrix strenthens its hold on the country's server-based market with the opening of a new training center in Beijing.

The first Citrix Authorized Learning Center (CALC) in China has been opened in Beijing.

The new training center will provide training for Citrix Certified Administrators (CCAs) and technical instruction for the installation and administration of Citrix products.

The opening of the center follows the company's August announcement of a distribution agreement with Beijing Stone Investment, a Chinese distributor of electronic products, e-commerce and Internet applications.

The agreement puts Beijing Stone's 13 locations throughout China into the distribution of Citrix's server-based computing system in the country.

The opening of the new CALC is seen as a step toward strengthening Citrix's position in the market.

"The concept of application server computing is still relatively new to China, but we can see tremendous business opportunities for this area of business," said Andrew Chan, director of North Asia, Citrix Systems Hong Kong. "With the setting up of a CALC, we can satisfy the demand for qualified personnel with a proficiency in server-based computing solutions."

Citrix currently has more than 200 CALC's worldwide providing courses that are designed to help trainees become proficient in Citrix's MetaFrame and WinFrame server-based computing software.

The center will be managed by an IT education company, Global Knowledge Network (China) Ltd., which boasts a worldwide network of learning centers across 20 different countries. will be managing the new center.

"This is a significant new milestone for Citrix's certification services," said Chan. "We are confident that Global Knowledge will be able to replicate their success by delivering a high-standard of training on behalf of Citrix."