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Citrix buys virtual desktop company

Citrix Systems has acquired Kaviza, a company whose pre-configured Virtual Desktop Infrastructure-in-a-box makes it easier for small and medium-size businesses to start using desktop virtualisation, Citrix said on Monday.

Citrix first showed its interest in Kaviza last year, by investing an undisclosed amount in the company, but has now decided to buy the whole company for an additional undisclosed amount.

Today, SMBs are adopting desktop virtualisation at an accelerating rate, and Citrix’s acquisition of Kaviza will help it expand into that part of the market, it said.

VDI-in-a-box allows companies to run Windows images across desktops, tablets and smartphones from central servers using Citrix’s HDX technology. The product can be deployed in two hours or less, Citrix promises. The software appliance is installed on a server with a hypervisor. Users can choose between XenServer from Citrix and VMware’s ESX, and soon also Microsoft’s Hyper-V.

 

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