Citrix aims to expand virtual storage options with Sanbolic buy

Citrix has started the year with an acquisition picking up workload orientated virtualisation storage player Sanbolic

Citrix has made its first acquisition of the year moving to pick up Sanbolic, a workload-orientated storage virtualisation player, as it looks to combine it with its own technology.

The idea of taking a workload-orientated approach means that the user doesn't end up having to worry about the impact of running workloads on the infrastructure because it is possible to shape the system requirements.

A couple of hundred Citrix customers already use the technology to make sure they get availability and can cluster their applications and the vendor's channel partners will now be encouraging the wider user base to take it on.

“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," said Geir Ramleth, senior vice president and chief strategy officer at Citrix.

"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,"  he added.

In response, Momchil Michailov, CEO and co-founder, Sanbolic, said that there was a good fit between the two firms: "With our server-side and converged storage management solutions and Citrix desktop and app virtualisation technology, we are enabling enterprise data and workloads to be highly available and elastic based on changing business demands."

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