Citrix Acquires Sanbolic to Drive VDI Deployments

By CIOReview | Wednesday, January 28, 2015

FREMONT, CA: Citrix, a provider of server and desktop virtualization has announced that it has acquired Sanbolic –provider of workload-oriented storage virtualization technologies to reduce the cost, and complexity of storage for Windows application delivery and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) deployments.

The acquisition will enable users to tune their storage systems for the deployment of application-specific workloads from various media types including NAND flash solid-state and spinning-disk hard drives in network-attached storage (NAS), storage area networks (SAN), and server-side and cloud deployments, reports, Chris Preimesberger for eWeek.  

This latest move will integrate Sanbolic’s technology which can enhance storage load balancing and application availability, with Citrix products like XenDesktop, XenApp and XenMobile , that provide virtual application, desktop delivery, device management (MDM), mobile application management (MAM). Citrix VDI customers realize an accelerated deployment timeline with reduced upfront cost and achieve dynamic scale-out into virtual desktops with lower storage capacity requirements.

On deploying with Citrix Provisioning Server, Sanbolic leads to increased availability and reduced per-seat storage cost. Simultaneous coherent file access from multiple nodes, disaster recovery, and database high availability are the other key features.

“Infrastructure complexity continues to hinder VDI and application delivery deployments. By leveraging Sanbolic technology with XenDesktop and XenApp, Citrix is able to address this problem head-on, delivering solutions to our customers that simplify the infrastructure and reduce the overall cost of deployment and management. Sanbolic has built a highly-skilled team that joins us today, which accelerates our ability to deliver simpler and more cost-effective solutions to our customers,” says Geir Ramleth Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer Citrix.