Citrix on Tuesday acquired Cloud.com, which is best known for its Cloud Stack set of open services. The move steps up Citrix's competition with VMware and gives the company an interesting mix of assets.
Cloud.com is a virtualization hypervisor agnostic way to build public and private cloud computing systems. For Citrix, the acquisition will make it a major player in the OpenStack effort as well as put it in a position to be the alternative to VMware (statement, FAQ, Techmeme).
VMware has its own cloud strategy as it tries to leverage its virtualization dominance into clouds. VMware is also moving upstream to management software as the hypervisor becomes a commodity. In other words, VMware wants to be the operating system of choice for the cloud, but Red Hat, Citrix and others beg to differ.
With Cloud.com, Citrix's line-up will include virtualization, networking tools and orchestration software. Toss in mobile and Web-based products like Citrix Receiver and GoToMeeting and it's a strong line-up. As a bonus, Citrix gets a great URL.
In the big picture, Citrix is positioning itself as a leading open cloud computing player. The company pledged support for its XenServer hypervisor as well as VMware vSphere as well as Xen. Citrix will also add support for Microsoft's Hyper-V and System Center to Cloud.com. With Cloud.com, Citrix will also have more heft in the OpenStack movement, which is an open source cloud stack. The company added that it will enable Cloud.com support for OpenStack.
Krishnan Subramanian has a good analysis of the Citrix-Cloud.com fallout.