There's a rumor floating around Citrix that they're planning to buy a third-party performance vendor to beef-up the value that MetaFrame Presentation Server adds on top of pure Terminal Services. In talking to different people over the past few days, I've heard that Citrix is planning to buy Appsense, Aurema or RTO. (Clearly they'll only buy one of the three companies.) Does hearing three companies instead of one make this rumor seem more reliable or less reliable? I guess we'll find out soon enough.
Personally, I think it would be fantastic if Citrix bought one of these performance vendors. (Ron and I even listed this as one of the key things that Citrix could do to make their product a "must have.") These third-party performance management applications have become a de-facto standard for Citrix deployments, and a purchase here would definitely make Citrix look attractive on top of Microsoft's upcoming Bear Paw Terminal Server enhancement.