Citrix has agreed to acquire virtualisation specialist VMLogix to help bolster its OpenCloud platform. The acquisition is expected to be finalised by the close of the financial quarter. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Citrix will use VMLogix products to serve as a management interface for its XenServe platform along with other components of the OpenCloud platform.
The deal is part of a larger effort by Citrix to update OpenCloud. The platform aims to give service providers management and infrastructure tools which can be used to offer public and private cloud computing services.
Citrix said that the updates will expand management capabilities for OpenCloud and improve interoperability by adding support for the OpenStack management platform.
"This isn't about giving customers the ability to buy the same offering from multiple sources," said Klaus Oestermann, Citrix networking and cloud product group vice president and general manager.
"It's about providing the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of cloud services designed around an open framework that encourages innovation and interoperability while optimising cost."
Theresa Lanowitz, lead analyst at research firm Voke Inc, said that the deal could give Citrix a crucial component in areas such as virtual lab management.
"With the intended VMLogix acquisition, Citrix is in a position to set the tone of the conversation about the importance of virtualisation and cloud computing and advance the market," she said.
"Additionally, Citrix is setting a strategic direction for the application lifecycle."
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