Citrix has acquired cloud.com
Citrix, one of the founding members of the OpenStack project, has announced that it has acquired cloud.com, developers of virtualisation infrastructure for private clouds, notably CloudStack, the hypervisor-agnostic, cloud infrastructure platform. Details of the deal have not been officially announced, but various reports suggest that more than $200 million was paid for the three year old company. Cloud.com's customers include major companies such as Korea's KT phone company and India's Tata Communications.
According to the Citrix announcement, a key factor in the acquisition of cloud.com is Citrix's commitment to openness and open source "as an essential element of cloud computing." The company says that the purchase of cloud.com will "further accelerate its support of OpenStack, the popular open source cloud infrastructure movement that now includes over 1,100 cloud developers, and more than 80 member companies". Citrix intends to extend "OpenStack support to the Cloud.com product line in an upcoming release later this year."
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