Welcome!

Java IoT Authors: Zakia Bouachraoui, Elizabeth White, Pat Romanski, Yeshim Deniz, Liz McMillan

Related Topics: Containers Expo Blog

Containers Expo Blog: Article

Virtualization Player Citrix Buys VMware's Open Source Rival for $500M

Citrix Buys VMware's Open Source Rival for $500m

The day after the great VMware IPO Tuesday, supposedly the hottest thing since Google went public, Citrix, a Microsoft camp follower with the scars to prove it, said it's acquiring VMware's open source commercial competitor, XenSource Inc, the company that developed Xen's chi-chi hypervisor.

It's paying about $500 million in cash and stock (60-40), a pricey number not all that different from the $635 million that EMC paid for VMware early in '04. But considering it's for an open source start-up not yet three-years-old with 80 people and under $5 million in annual revenues, it's rich.

The price includes the assumption of about $107 million in unvested stock options to hold people and the deal will result in an $8 million-$10 million write-off for in-process R&D.

Obviously Citrix expects the merger to move it and its thin client-style software, which reflects applications running on the server onto the desktop - a specialty under pressure by virtualization - into the adjacent server and desktop virtualization game, calculated to grow to nearly $5 billion over the next four years, and put maybe 30 million office workers on virtual desktops in the next five years.

That being the case, Citrix expects XenSource to advance its own application delivery business by adding key enablers that push to virtualize the logic and data tiers of applications. It's promising to make the solutions cheaper and less complicated.

Citrix figures the acquisition strengthens its partnership with Microsoft. See, XenSource, which works on Windows, has access to Microsoft's hypervisor virtualization widgetry, code named Viridian and due out in 3Q08.

And Citrix did manage to wheedle a ra-ra quote from Microsoft senior VP, servers & tools Bob Muglia for its announcement. Maybe that means Microsoft will use some of Xen in Viridian or, according to The 451 Group's musings, maybe just up and buy Citrix.

The 451 folks figure Viridian becomes the "base operating system for its next business," as it borrowed from Microsoft to start its original business, and "save a couple of years development time by buying XenSource to get into the virtualization market."

The acquisition of XenSource and its 650 customers, a number that reportedly doubled in the last 90 days, is supposed to close in Q4. Citrix then intends to create a Virtualization & Management Division to house it led by XenSource CEO Peter Levine. He will report to Citrix president and CEO Mark Templeton.

In a canned quote, Levine said, "This move is not about competing for the 5% of the market that is already being served. It's about steering into the 90% white space that is wide open, both at the server and in the new emerging opportunities at the desktop."

The shiny new rev of XenSource's version of Xen, XenEnterprise 4, due to ship on August 20, adds mobility, monitoring and storage integration and 64-bit support good for SQL and Exchange 2007. It can now handle physical systems with 128GB of memory and offer guest operating systems 32GB of space, accommodating a physical CPU limit of an eight-way server, better than what VMware can manage.

When the new cut was announced Monday, XenSource was already thinking about melding it with Citrix' Desktop Server and about helping Citrix Desktop Server deliver desktops from the data center as a secure on-demand service.

Citrix intends to push XenSource through its 5,000 channel partners and leverage its relationships with server and data center infrastructure folks, like Symantec with its Veritas storage interests, to create additional routes to market through OEM sales channels.

Citrix says it will continue to contribute to the Xen open source project that's led by XenSource co-founder Ian Pratt but between now and when the deal closes, they're going to try to develop procedures for independent oversight of the project. Both Novell and Red Hat include Xen.

Citrix said the acquisition will add $1 million in revenue and roughly $3 million in cost revenue and operating expenses to its 2007 fiscal year and $50 million in revenue and $60 million-$70 million in total cost of revenues and operating expense to its 2008 fiscal year.

XenSource was backed to the tune of $41.5 million by Sevin Rosen, Ignition Partners, New Enterprise Associates, Accel Partners and Kleiner Perkins, a prestige lot.

VMware has been awarded 85% of the market and then there's Virtual Iron.

More Stories By Virtualization News

SYS-CON's Virtualization News Desk trawls the news sources of the world for the latest details of virtualization technologies, products, and market trends, and provides breaking news updates from the Virtualization Conference & Expo.

Comments (1)

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.


IoT & Smart Cities Stories
In his general session at 19th Cloud Expo, Manish Dixit, VP of Product and Engineering at Dice, discussed how Dice leverages data insights and tools to help both tech professionals and recruiters better understand how skills relate to each other and which skills are in high demand using interactive visualizations and salary indicator tools to maximize earning potential. Manish Dixit is VP of Product and Engineering at Dice. As the leader of the Product, Engineering and Data Sciences team at D...
Cloud-enabled transformation has evolved from cost saving measure to business innovation strategy -- one that combines the cloud with cognitive capabilities to drive market disruption. Learn how you can achieve the insight and agility you need to gain a competitive advantage. Industry-acclaimed CTO and cloud expert, Shankar Kalyana presents. Only the most exceptional IBMers are appointed with the rare distinction of IBM Fellow, the highest technical honor in the company. Shankar has also receive...
Nicolas Fierro is CEO of MIMIR Blockchain Solutions. He is a programmer, technologist, and operations dev who has worked with Ethereum and blockchain since 2014. His knowledge in blockchain dates to when he performed dev ops services to the Ethereum Foundation as one the privileged few developers to work with the original core team in Switzerland.
Dynatrace is an application performance management software company with products for the information technology departments and digital business owners of medium and large businesses. Building the Future of Monitoring with Artificial Intelligence. Today we can collect lots and lots of performance data. We build beautiful dashboards and even have fancy query languages to access and transform the data. Still performance data is a secret language only a couple of people understand. The more busine...
Bill Schmarzo, author of "Big Data: Understanding How Data Powers Big Business" and "Big Data MBA: Driving Business Strategies with Data Science," is responsible for setting the strategy and defining the Big Data service offerings and capabilities for EMC Global Services Big Data Practice. As the CTO for the Big Data Practice, he is responsible for working with organizations to help them identify where and how to start their big data journeys. He's written several white papers, is an avid blogge...
René Bostic is the Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America. Enjoying her career with IBM during the modern millennial technological era, she is an expert in cloud computing, DevOps and emerging cloud technologies such as Blockchain. Her strengths and core competencies include a proven record of accomplishments in consensus building at all levels to assess, plan, and implement enterprise and cloud computing solutions. René is a member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and a m...
Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life settlement products to hedge funds and investment banks. After, he co-founded a revenue cycle management company where he learned about Bitcoin and eventually Ethereal. Andrew's role at ConsenSys Enterprise is a mul...
Whenever a new technology hits the high points of hype, everyone starts talking about it like it will solve all their business problems. Blockchain is one of those technologies. According to Gartner's latest report on the hype cycle of emerging technologies, blockchain has just passed the peak of their hype cycle curve. If you read the news articles about it, one would think it has taken over the technology world. No disruptive technology is without its challenges and potential impediments t...
If a machine can invent, does this mean the end of the patent system as we know it? The patent system, both in the US and Europe, allows companies to protect their inventions and helps foster innovation. However, Artificial Intelligence (AI) could be set to disrupt the patent system as we know it. This talk will examine how AI may change the patent landscape in the years to come. Furthermore, ways in which companies can best protect their AI related inventions will be examined from both a US and...
Bill Schmarzo, Tech Chair of "Big Data | Analytics" of upcoming CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO New York (November 12-13, 2018, New York City) today announced the outline and schedule of the track. "The track has been designed in experience/degree order," said Schmarzo. "So, that folks who attend the entire track can leave the conference with some of the skills necessary to get their work done when they get back to their offices. It actually ties back to some work that I'm doing at the University of San...