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