Citrix has acquired infrastructure management specialist Cloud.com, a company that specialises in data transfers between end-user client computers and public clouds.
The acquisition will allow Citrix to offer a platform for public clouds that securely links into its pre-existing NetScaler Cloud Gateway and Cloud Bridge products, the company indicated on Tuesday. This means data can be securely transferred from public clouds, down to private clouds and into end-user clients using complementary Citrix technologies.
Financial terms were not disclosed.
Cloud.com's main product is the open-source CloudStack technology, which creates virtual infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) public or private clouds similar to Amazon Web Services. CloudStack can be used for free or as part of a commercial deal.
According to Cloud.com, existing customers of its technology include social games specialist Zynga, Tata Communications and the Nokia Research Centre.
Citrix will use the acquisition to enhance the work it does on the OpenStack open-source cloud platform, of which it, Cloud.com and more than 60 other companies are members. Citrix will also continue to add to Project Olympus, which is a combination of the OpenStack cloud with Citrix XenServer.
With the acquisition, Citrix also plans to offer education services relating to cloud technologies. There will be a free 90-minute series of webinars, along with a two-day technical workshop to show people how to build clouds and what technologies to use.
Many of Cloud.com's senior technical people will join Citrix, including chief executive Sheng Liang, Citrix said in a statement. At the time of writing, ZDNet UK could not establish if there would be Cloud.com job cuts as a result of the acquisition.
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