Global leader: Mark Templeton, President and CEO
Local leader: Rob Willis, Asia Pacific vice president
Core activity: end-to-end application delivery solutions
Revenue: US$1.39 billion (FY07 ended December)
Key customers: Boosey & Hawkes, Continental Airlines, NZ Defence Force, Marlborough Boys College, Waikato District Health Board, Millennium Hotels, Universty of Otago, Jetstar
Citrix is the top provider of application and file serving systems through its Presentation Server products. Its technology has long been central in the move to thin client applications, where the software is installed on a server and accessed on the workstation. In the past, Citrix has moved forward through acquisitions and reorganisation. Its key recent move has been into virtualisation, bolstered by acquisition of XenSource in October 2007. It subsequently renamed the Presentation Server product to XenApp, and has quickly moved to integrate virtualisation into its view of corporate IT network infrastructure.
Citrix has now positioned itself in three high-growth technology markets: Virtual infrastructure, application networking and real time collaboration. The company has been transforming itself from a single-product focus since 2002, and is now moving heavily into the virtualisation space. Most recently, Citrix has unveiled an infrastructure for cloud computing based on the server virtualisation platform XenServer, backed by Citrix’s management tools. The company has also just released the latest iteration of XenServer, XenServer 5, with a range of new capabilities. Citrix is also reaching into the collaboration space with its GoToMeeting line of conferencing software.
Citrix’s stated mission is to make every organisation an on-demand enterprise, where information is securely, easily and instantly accessible from anywhere, using any device. It is doing this through a combination of virtualisation, thin client computing and collaboration software. Recent moves have added to an already formidable toolkit, making Citrix a company to watch.
“One year after stepping into the data centre and desktop virtualisation markets with our acquisition of XenSource, we move into the second half of 2008 ahead of expectations with fast-paced growth in Australia and New Zealand,” says Asia Pacific vice president Rob Willis. Brian J. Dooley
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