Citrix snaps up Sanbolic to ease desktop virtualization

Citrix, which has led the charge for desktop virtualization, just acquired Sanbolic to help bleed out the complexity and cost that have kept virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) from broader adoption. Terms were not announced.

Desktop virtualization separates what runs on a computer desktop from the physical computer itself so management, updates and patches can be more easily accomplished by a central administrator.

[company]Sanbolic[/company], of Waltham, Mass., specializes in software defined storage which works with a wide array of existing storage hardware.  It was already a close Citrix partner; [company]Citrix[/company] said 200 of its existing XenDesktop XenApp customers already use Sanbolic in house to attain high-availability and to manage infrastructure across regions.

With Sanbolic in-house, [company]Citrix[/company] can develop pre-packaged and pre-tested solutions to “help drive down the cost and complexity of VDI and application delivery deployments in a linear and predictable manner,” Sanbolic CEO Momchil Michailov said via email. Sanbolic, he added, enables customers to keep using existing storage arrays and infrastructure whether on-premise or in the cloud, including appliances for [company]Amazon[/company] Web Services (AWS), [company]IBM[/company] Softlayer, [company]Rackspace[/company] and [company]Microsoft[/company] Azure.

Michailov, who becomes Citrix’s VP of storage technologies, and Sanbolic’s other 30 employees will move to Citrix, according to a spokeswoman.

Citrix has been the standard bearer for desktop virtualization but has seen increased competition from [company]VMware[/company], the leader in server virtualization, which has juiced its efforts in this area over the past few years. But, both virtualization vendors are seeing increased competition from other software companies, including platform providers which are doing more of their own virtualization work.