Citrix delves into virtualization

Citrix will move deeper into the data-center and desktop virtualization markets with is planned acquisition of XenSource, a provider of virtual infrastructure solutions, for $500 million.

The companies will work to make virtualization solutions easier to use through technical, customer, partner and channel synergies, company officials said.

The acquisition will also help Citrix extend its leadership role into the broader application delivery infrastructure market. Citrix will add to its portfolio key technologies that make end-to-end computing environments more flexible, company officials added.

Virtualization breaks the hard-coded link between hardware and software by allowing individual computing components to be dynamically combined and reassembled, according to Citrix.

By acquiring XenSource, Citrix can extend virtualization into the logic and data tier of applications. In the data center this means extending virtualization to servers that run the business logic of applications and the storage systems. Citrix plans to deliver XenSource's open-source product line through channel partners.

Citrix will also work to ensure that the XenSource product line works with storage management tools customers are already using. And the company will offer more virtual desktop solutions, according to Citrix officials.

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