(The Hosting News) – Cloud.com, an open source cloud provider has been acquired by cloud technology and virtualization provider Citrix Systems, Citrix announced recently. With the move, Citrix has expanded its services portfolio in the realm of cloud computing.
In a press release commenting on the move, Citrix stated, “This acquisition further establishes Citrix as a leader in infrastructure for the rapidly growing cloud provider market.”
Further commenting on the matter, Citrix said, “With the addition of Cloud.com, Citrix now offers a complete portfolio of virtualization, orchestration and networking solutions purpose built for the Cloud Era — solutions that are not only among the market leaders individually, but also designed to help customers avoid vendor lock-in by letting them use the hardware, software, management products and service providers of their choice.”
One specific product that Citrix gained through the transaction (and featured on Cloud.com) is cloud platform product CloudStack, an infrastructure as a service that allows for cloud management and deployment.
According to its site, Cloud.com has more than fifty clouds that service various companies.
Despite the news sounding beneficial for Citrix, CEO of OnApp Ditlev Bredahl cautioned that the move could cause public cloud growth to lag and result in fewer cloud options.
Pointing to how public cloud service providers are still very limited, Bredahl stated, “With Citrix and CA Technologies calling the shots over who makes it as a cloud service provider, we may start to see a squeeze on the speed of delivery of cloud services which will fall behind customer demand. Smaller hosting companies will actually be the biggest driver of public cloud provisioning, but they won’t necessarily meet the revenue or scale requirements of the newly consolidated big boys to get access to the software they need to start offering cloud services.”
“Ultimately users will be forced to buy in a constrained market, which could trigger a rise in pricing, further delaying the advance of the public cloud,” he concluded.
Citrix is well known for its NetScaler products, solutions that provide those in the IT industry with management in the areas of cloud, SaaS, and data centers. Citrix serves over 230 thousand organizations and reported an annual revenue of $1.61 billion in 2009.
To view the entire press release by Citrix on the matter, visit: http://www.citrix.com/lang/English/lp/lp_2313912.asp?ntref=hp_promo_cloud_change