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Citrix acquires Reflectent

Networking-software company Citrix Systems expands into the desktop applications performance-monitoring market.

Citrix Systems announced Monday that it has acquired Reflectent Software in a move to expand into the desktop applications performance-monitoring market.

Citrix, a networking-software company, plans to add a separate product group with its acquisition of Reflectent. The buyout is its first for the year, which follows a string of Citrix acquisitions in 2005.

"Reflectent monitors the performance of applications from a user's perspective," said Wes Wasson, Citrix vice president of marketing and product strategy. "It helps to deliver mission critical applications to the user fast and at a low cost."

Massachusetts-based Reflectent employs 31 people and markets the EdgeSight product line that's designed to keep users informed on such things as the number of users on a Citrix server.

Reflectent's main products can already be integrated with Citrix, said Lou Shipley, Reflectent chief executive. He noted that his company's technology will further complement the Citrix Web applications performance-measuring software, as well as its core client-server applications, Presentation Server products.

Reflectent will continue to operate in Westford, Mass., as Citrix's Management Systems Group. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.