Citrix sells CloudPlatform, CloudPortal products to Accelerite

For Accelerite, the acquisition bolsters its product portfolio. Citrix is looking to simplify its business.
Written by Larry Dignan, Contributor

Citrix said it is selling its CloudPlatform and CloudPortal Business Manager product lines to Accelerite, a unit of Persistent Systems.

The software vendor said in November that it would restructure, spin off its GoTo business and look to simplify its business. Interim CEO Robert Calderoni said at the time that Citrix would unload businesses that weren't directly tied to its enterprise strategy.

Citrix's strategy will focus on the enterprise cloud with key products including NetScaler, XenServer and Citrix Workspace Cloud. CloudPlatform manages public and private cloud deployments.

In a blog post, Citrix said it was "extremely confident" that that Accelerite deal will be good for customers. Accelerite has acquired product lines from the likes of HP, Intel and Openwave to build out its cloud infrastructure business.

Citrix added that it would work with Accelerite to continue to integrate CloudPlatform with XenServer, NetScaler and Citrix Workspace Cloud.

Accelerite CEO Nara Rajagopalan said in a statement that the Citrix product acquisitions will round out its public and private cloud portfolios. Rajagopalan said:

The addition of CloudPlatform and CloudPortal Business Manager product lines will help round out our portfolio and enables us to offer complete end-to-end life cycle management for public and private clouds. Although we see an increase in both the acceptance and adoption of containers in today's clouds, large gaps still exist in an enterprise's ability to deploy and manage containers in these environments.

Terms of the deal, which will close in the first quarter, weren't disclosed.

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