VMware said Tuesday that it has acquired application virtualization company Thinstall in a move that will broaden the company's desktop capabilities.
Privately held Thinstall delivers application virtualization to the desktop and doesn't require preinstalled software and deployment infrastructure. What's curious about the deal is that Thinstall is a partner with Citrix, which is increasingly becoming a VMware rival. Citrix acquired Xensource last year to couple thin client applications and virtualization tools.
Terms of VMware's Thinstall purchase weren't disclosed in a statement.
The goal for VMware is to better deploy virtualized applications to the desktop. Thinstall delivers applications across Windows operating system versions.
VMware added that it has acquired the services assets from Foedus, a Portsmouth, N.H provider of virtualization technology and services.