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Citrix Provisions With Buy

Citrix Systems agreed to acquire privately held Ardence for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition gives Citrix real-time provisioning capabilities, a feature that will be woven into existing desktop application delivery services.

The purchase will add $15 million to $18 million in revenue for Citrix in fiscal year 2007.

Citrix said Ardence will allow it to provide enterprises critical real-time provisioning technology during a time when reducing costs, increasing security and delivering a transparent experience are paramount.

Using the real-time provisioning technology, Citrix will be able to deliver to desktops updated operating systems, allow IT administrators to easily add new servers or dynamically change resources committed to a Web server based on changing demands.

Ardence counts Time Warner Cable , Boeing and the U.S. Defense Department among its 3,000 customers.

Ardence is just the latest acquisition by Citrix. In August, Citrix agreed to pay $50 million for Orbital Data Corp., maker of software creating faster delivery of applications across wide area networks (WANs). Orbital technology was used to improve performance of Citrix' Presentation Server and its Web delivery NetScaler application.

In May Citrix bought Reflectent Software for an undisclosed amount, integrating the technology in Citrix Presentation Server.

Citrix expects the Ardence acquisition to close in the first quarter of 2007, at which time the 100-employee Ardence staff will remain in Waltham, Mass., and report to Shipley's Management Systems Group.



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