Citrix has acquired virtual desktop specialist RingCube to improve its ability to manage virtualised end-user systems, and to fill out the Citrix XenDesktop platform so that administrators can deploy and manage virtual desktop systems more efficiently.
The RingCube software allows virtual machine data to be compressed to a 'vDisk' file which contains a list of applications, user data and settings. The vDisk files then access shared applications and operating systems hosted on a server.
Having each virtual machine reduced to a vDisk allows administrators to manage virtual desktop servers as a pool of resources, rather than retain a full collection of individual virtual machines with multiple installed applications.
Citrix believes that this process can reduce the storage requirements for deploying and maintaining virtual desktop systems in XenDesktop.
"The acquisition of RingCube underscores our chief goal of enabling users to access their desktops and applications on any device, and making virtual desktops simple and affordable for IT," said Bob Schultz, enterprise desktops and applications group vice president and general manager at Citrix.
"As customers take on enterprise-wide desktop transformation initiatives, Citrix is in the best position to provide a broad range of technology delivering multiple types of virtual desktops that satisfy every user in the enterprise."
Citrix will start shipping RingCube software immediately with its XenDesktop 5 platform.
Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
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