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We have a somewhat different take on the acquisition of Cloud.com by Citrix than initial coverage.  Whereas initial coverage accepted Citrix’s spin that this was an offensive move, intended to confront Vmware, cloud insiders will tell you that this acquisition has as much to do with Citrix responding to the threat from OpenStack, which is a completely open source cloud stack, and from the KVM hypervisor, which is fast becoming the preferred hypervisor for open source cloud deployments.  The recent announcement by Intel, IBM and RedHat and others that they will take an open, collaborative approach to commoditizing virtualization through the open virtualization alliance (OVA) (www.openvirtualizationalliance.org) and the preferred place of KVM as opposed to Citrix’s own Xen hypervisor in most Linux distributions represent existential threats to Citrix’s status as the more open alternative to Vmware.  Similarly, Cloud.com probably saw that more open approaches to the cloud were likely to predominate in the future; given Cloud.com’s reliance on a proprietary version of the Xen hypervisor, Citrix was a safe port in what is becoming a very turbulent market for cloud infrastructure.

Having said that - congratulations to Sheng and the team at Cloud.com!   I know it must have been a tough decision to exit.  Their technology has won an important place in a handful of major cloud deployments, including KT.  We all look forward to working with them as they become part of the Citrix team.

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Bill Roth is a Silicon Valley veteran with over 20 years in the industry. He has played numerous product marketing, product management and engineering roles at companies like BEA, Sun, Morgan Stanley, and EBay Enterprise. He was recently named one of the World's 30 Most Influential Cloud Bloggers.