Citrix has announced its acquisition of open source cloud computing platform Cloud.com to help customers build and manage private and public clouds.
Cloud.com provides an open source infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) platform, which supports the build and management of private and public cloud infrastructure through its CloudStack products.
Mark Templeton, president and CEO of Citrix Systems, said the acquisition will help drive the transition from a PC era to the cloud era within the industry.
"As the industry moves into the cloud era, Citrix is committed to leading the charge with powerful solutions that make the cloud more open, more secure, and more personal. We are delighted to welcome the Cloud.com team to the Citrix family," said Templeton.
Citrix said the acquisition allows the company to offer a complete portfolio of virtualisation, orchestration and networking services for customers using private or public cloud platforms.
Unlike traditional enterprise datacentres, Citrix said clouds will run on platforms that are purpose-built for cloud computing and designed to offer multi-tier and multi-tenant services.
"The world's largest and most successful public clouds are all built this way today," the statement continued.
According to recent research by analyst firm IDC, spending on public cloud services will grow four times faster than the entire IT market over the next four years. The report shows spending on public IT cloud services will reach $72.9bn in 2015, a compound annual growth rate of 28%.
Cloud.com currently supports Citrix XenServer, VMware vSphere, and hypervisors such as Xen. Citrix plans to extend support to Microsoft's Hyper-V and System Centre to Cloud.com products.
Citrix will also be extending OpenStack support to the Cloud.com later this year.
The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.