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January 12, 2015

Citrix makes a grab at the virtualisation market

The firm buys Sanbolic for undisclosed amount.

By Amy-Jo Crowley

Citrix is looking to boost its presence in the virtualisation space after agreeing to buy storage virtualisation firm Sanbolic for an undisclosed amount.

Sanbolic, founded in 2000, specialises in software defined storage and is already a Cisco partner, with more than 200 Citrix customers. Its data management platform is useful for deployments that need to be geo-distributed across multiple locations and clouds.

Citrix plans to improve the application delivery process for enterprises by adding Sanbolic’s technology to its XenDesktop, XenApp and XenMobile products.

Geir Ramleth, SVP and CSO at Citrix, said: "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."

"Sanbolic has built a highly-skilled team that joins us today, which accelerates our ability to deliver simpler and more cost-effective solutions to our customers."

The acquisition comes after Citrix bought electronic signature firm Right Signature last October and Virtual, a virtualisation startup, in September 2014.

Momchil Michailov, CEO and Co-founder of Sanbolic, added: "There are tremendous synergies between our companies. With our server-side and converged storage management solutions and Citrix desktop and app virtualization technology, we are enabling enterprise data and workloads to be highly available and elastic based on changing business demands."

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