Citrix Buys Application Provisioning Company

Application delivery infrastructure provider Citrix has signed a definitive agreement to acquire real-time provisioning technology developer Ardence for an undisclosed sum.

Through this acquisition, Citrix hopes to extend its application delivery infrastructure capabilities by enabling real-time, on demand provisioning of desktops, server images and service oriented architecture objects.

Citrix said that its enterprise customers will be able to use Ardence's technology in ways that will offer them a variety of options to deliver applications and aptly utilize resources. For instance, Ardence's provisioning capabilities will allow IT administrators to quickly add new servers to a Citrix Presentation Server Farm and enable dynamic configuration of servers in the data center.

Also, by using Ardence’s OS-provisioning and remote network boot technology, administrators can provision any x86-based computer with an entire physical or virtual desktop environment from bare metal to production in very short time. This capability could be used to deliver new versions of operating systems, service packs and hot fixes to a diverse range of end users.

Commenting on the occasion, Lou Shipley, general manager and group vice president of the Management Systems Group for Citrix, stated, "We see the market for virtual desktops accelerating due to a host of drivers including planned Vista migrations, desktop and data security concerns, increased TCO focus for task worker desktops, increased offshore software development, and ongoing disaster recovery and business continuity projects. As a leader in on-demand provisioning, Ardence technologies will extend the value of the entire Citrix product line from Presentation Server, to NetScaler and significantly improve our ability to deliver desktops."

Upon the close of the transaction, Ardence will become part of Citrix's Management Systems Group.

Updated Date: Dec 23, 2014 18:46:19 IST