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Citrix Acquires Cloud.com

Citrix Systems today said it has acquired Cloud.com, a provider of software for building public and private clouds. Terms were not disclosed.

Cloud.com's CloudStack provides the platform for service providers and enterprises to build hypervisor-agnostic infrastructure-as-a-service clouds.

According to Cloud.com, CloudStack is the basis of a turnkey cloud infrastructure software stack enabling the delivery of virtual data centers as a service. It includes software needed to build, deploy and manage cloud apps.

CloudStack is designed to manage thousands of hosts and virtual machine guests and boasts support for high availability configurations, allowing for automatic failover of virtual machines.

The open source CloudStack platform, written in Java, is available under the GPL version 3. Cloud.com is also a contributor to the OpenStack project.

"Citrix has in one fell-swoop acquired the leading independent cloud orchestration stack," noted former CTO of Citrix Data Center and Cloud division and now founder of Bromium Simon Crosby, in a blog post.

Among Cloud.com's customers are Zynga, Korea Telecom, Tata Communications and Edmunds.com.

"Citrix offers cloud providers an impressive set of technologies that complement the CloudStack cloud orchestration software developed by Cloud.com," said Sheng Liang, Cloud.com's CEO and founder, in a blog post. "Our customers build clouds using Citrix XenServer, Xen Desktop, and NetScaler VPX/MPX products. With the acquisition of Cloud.com, no other software company has the breadth and depth of technologies in cloud computing."

With the acquisition of Cloud.com, Citrix has formed the new Cloud Platforms Products group to be led by Sameer Dholakia, group vice president and general manager. Liang will continue to oversee the CloudStack product line, where he will report to Dholakia.

About the Author

Jeffrey Schwartz is editor of Redmond magazine and also covers cloud computing for Virtualization Review's Cloud Report. In addition, he writes the Channeling the Cloud column for Redmond Channel Partner. Follow him on Twitter @JeffreySchwartz.

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