Data Center Finance: Citrix Acquires Sanbolic

Citrix announced in early January that it had completed the acquisition of storage virtualization technology firm Sanbolic.

The technology created by Sanbolic focuses on workload-oriented storage virtualization, enabling customers to optimize the delivery of application-specific workloads. Citrix hopes that the acquisition will allow them to develop a more robust range of differentiated solutions. By doing so, the economics of delivering Windows applications in particular will be improved and the complexity reduced, as well enhancing virtual desktop infrastructure deployments.

"Infrastructure complexity continues to hinder VDI and application delivery deployments," said Geir Ramleth, senior vice president and chief strategy officer for Citrix. "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."

A large amount of existing Citrix customers already use Sanbolic. Through the acquisition, they will be able to access a broader range of optimized storage solutions using the storage partner ecosystem created by the integrated companies. Customers will be able to software-define application-specific workloads from any media type now thanks to this acquisition, including hard drives in NAS, SAN, cloud deployments and server-side, Flash and SSD.

Sanbolic is the third company to be acquired by Citrix in recent months. The company has been making moves of late to bolster various divisions by joining forces with other industry leaders. In September 2014, Citrix purchased Virtual to improve the production of its enterprise mobility products. Almost immediately following that deal, Citrix acquired RightSignature in October, providing the company with a suite of online document signing tools that enabled it to enhance its ShareFile service.

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