Yesterday, Citrix announced that it had sold off Ardence's embedded software business, which has been stuck in Citrix purgatory after Ardence was acquired about 18 months ago.
As you may or may not know, Ardence created more than just the disk streaming technology used in Citrix Provision Server. This "other half" of Ardence designs software for embedded devices, like the software that runs on your cable box or Tivo.
Citrix hasn't been doing anything with that business since the acquisition, so they've decided to sell that part off. The piece of Ardence that was disk streaming, a.k.a. Provisioning Server is still alive and well in Citrix.
Since the embedded software business of Ardence isn't really what we cover, I'll leave it to the embedded guys to explain the spin off. Take a look at the press coverage here and here.
My own take is that of relief. Citrix has done the embedded systems group a favor by selling it off instead of letting it languish in some inappropriate product group in Ft. Lauderdale. The company that now owns the embedded software business is headed up by ex-Ardence people who now have the flexibility and leadership to help the technology thrive.