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Citrix's Acquisition of Sanbolic to Help Scale More Efficiently Globally

January 12, 2015

On-premises infrastructures are being deployed by fewer organizations as the reliability of virtualized solutions keep increasing, while at the same time offering more options. As companies look for the best ways to improve their operation, next-generation virtualization technologies are providing clear advantages that can be applied to many different areas of IT operations. This has allowed enterprises and SMB’s to drive their level of efficiency, agility and scalability with better control and management systems in place to monitor the overall operations of the organization. To continue increasing its global virtualization presence, Citrix has announced it has finalized the purchase of Sanbolic, a company that specializes in workload-oriented storage virtualization technologies.

As Citrix continues to scale globally, it has to find effective solutions in order to keep costs down and lower the complexities associated with storage for app delivery and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) deployments.

Running a hosted desktop operating system within a virtual machine on servers around the world is getting more expensive as the associated expenditures for operating data centers keeps inching upwards. According to Citrix, the Sanbolic solution will improve storage load balancing, application availability and deliver the highest-performance end-user experience. The company is able to deliver application-specific workloads, from any media type – SSD, flash and hard drives in NAS, SAN, server-side and cloud deployments.

Acquiring this technology gives Citrix several options in providing a wide range of solutions while improving the overall economics of the delivery model with fewer complexities in VDI deployments. The Sanbolic XenApp and XenDesktop solutions are already being used by more than 200 Citrix customers, which will further simplify the integration process.

“Infrastructure complexity continues to hinder VDI and application delivery deployments. By leveraging Sanbolic technology with XenDesktop and XenApp, Citrix is able to address this problem head-on, delivering solutions to our customers that simplify the infrastructure and reduce the overall cost of deployment and management,” said Geir Ramleth, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at Citrix.

This acquisitions by Citrix is one of several the company has been undertaking not only to increase its virtualization presence, but also mobility, this includes the purchase of Virtual and RightSignature.

According to virtualization technologies expert Dan Kusnetzky, “What Citrix was missing, and what Sanbolic has in spades, is a complete, vendor neutral, powerful storage virtualization product that supported the creation of a high-performance, highly scalable software-defined storage environment. Now Citrix covers the entire waterfront.”

Microsoft, Dell-Wise, VMware and even Red Hat are vying for the same market share, and as Citrix continues to increase its presence with new acquisitions, it will continue to provide its customers with more flexibility as mobile becomes an integral part of the enterprise and individual consumer.  

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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