Citrix Systems has acquired Virtual Computer and will position the startup's desktop virtualisation and management technology as an enterprise extension of its Citrix XenClient virtualisation software.
Citrix will formally announce the acquisition on Wednesday at the company's Synergy conference in San Francisco. Citrix chief marketing officer Wes Wasson disclosed the acquisition in a news conference with journalists Tuesday after the move leaked.
Virtual Computer's NxTop products were widely seen as a competitor to Citrix's own XenClient virtualisation software. Citrix acquired that technology when it bought XenSource in 2007.
Citrix was also a strategic investor in Virtual Computer, participating in the startup's $US15 million series B round of funding.
Citrix will debut a new product Wednesday called Citrix XenClient Enterprise Edition based on Virtual Computer's technology. XenClient Enterprise Edition is designed to simplify enterprise-wide deployment and provide advanced policy and security controls, and automated backup and recovery capabilities, Wasson said.
Wasson said Virtual Computer would become part of Citrix's XenClient product group. He did not disclose how much Citrix paid to acquire the company.
This article originally appeared at crn.com
Issue: 316 | July 2013
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