Citrix sells off the part of Ardence that isn't Provisioning Server

Just a quick note to clarify a recent Ardence/Citrix related announcement that's making the rounds this week.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.

Just a quick note to clarify a recent Ardence/Citrix related announcement that's making the rounds this week.

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.

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I think XenApp 5 is also in Citrix Purgatory. :)


It is right along side moving Presentation Server Console features completely to Access Management Console.

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I can't believe this is the only news you have posted on your site about Citrix!


Like the fact they just pulled to a single distributor:  http://www.citrix.com/English/NE/news/news.asp?newsID=1679622&ntref=hp_article_headlines_US

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We saw the news about Citrix choosing Ingram Micro as their sole distributor, but to be honest we couldn't find anything particularly newsworthy.

If you're a corporate admin/engineer/director, then this doesn't really affect you, and if you're a channel partner, about the only thing it means is that you can't leverage lines of credit with TechData, Alt Tech, and Ingram to buy more product than you can with just one distributor.

The biggest thing I can think of that affects everyone is the potential for a price increase since there is a lack of competition.  To comment on that, though, would be speculation, and I don't know enough about Ingram to speculate on how they'd handle pricing.  FUD doesn't help anyone.  

Maybe someone from Citrix can speak to the pricing/competition concern?

That's all I have on the matter, and I didn't think it was article-worthy since many other outlets have already covered it.  Please feel free to weigh in your thoughts and concerns.
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I work for COMPUTERLINKS, a distributor in the UK, and we were informed this morning of a price increase of around 10% on all CTX products in EMEA, Asia and Japan, effective 1st September. Resellers will be made aware in the next couple of days.
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This is not surprising since Citrix pricing is in US Dollars!!
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