Microsoft and Citrix are planning a new appliance to ease the deployment and management of branch office infrastructure.

The upcoming box, slated to ship in the second half of 2007, will combine Windows Server 2003 R2 and ISA server from Microsoft with WANScaler WAN optimization software. Citrix acquired WANScaler in its just-completed buyout of Orbital Data, said Wes Wasson, vice president of Citrix' Application Networking Group…”