Citrix Systems has boosted its dynamic desktop strategy by completing the acquisition of Ardence, a provider of centrally managed provisioning software for PCs, servers and web services.
Ardence software is designed to support a dynamic desktop infrastructure, in which both operating system and applications are delivered to machines from virtual discs on a central server.
Citrix said it would initially offer the Ardence technology for users requiring desktop delivery. The company said that the Ardence technology allowed a single disc image file to be instantaneously delivered from a central file server to hundreds of desktops (physical, virtual or blades).
Ardence will also be used alongside Citrix's Netscale technology for on-demand provisioning of web applications based on usage spikes, and to provision web services for a service oriented architecture.
Lou Shipley, group vice-president and general manager of Citrix's management systems group, said Ardence would complement Citrix Presentation Server software, enabling users to configure server farms dynamically, according to shifts in demand.
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