Citrix's $500 million acquisition is done. Next up: new server and desktop virtualization products.
What can I say? Even the most opinionated among us are sometimes wrong. I just happen to be wrong more than most. :-)
Citrix seems to be playing weird games with its XenSource acquisition.
Open-source software company XenSource will be added to Citrix's server management software.
The XenSource acquisition is a wake-up call to proprietary vendors that they can't rest on old laurels anymore.
Pano Logic combines VMware virtualization software on the server with a device to remotely connect users' keyboards, mice and other peripherals.
Citrix is going to buy XenSource to step up the virtualization war. In the process, it has set a nice multiple for open-source companies.
XenSource clearly has no love for open source, preferring to spend its days in the company of Microsoft. But at least the company set the project free from its confused direction with the GPL and a separate governance board.
Some people are suggesting that the XenSource acquisition had nothing to do with open source. Here's why they're deluding themselves.
Open source is not an excuse for poor mergers and acquisitions strategy, and it won't forgive one either.