August 10, 2011 – Citrix announced Wednesday the completed purchase of RingCube, a provider of personalized technology for desktop virtualization adoption.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

RingCube technology creates “personal vDisks” with unique apps, data and settings for each user, along with common images stored once in the data center, which IT manages with a single instance of Windows and each corporate application, according to the company site. Citrix stated in a news release on the deal that this technology would be used with its XenDesktop with the intention of reducing storage costs compared with traditional virtual desktop interfaces (VDI).

Bob Schultz, Citrix VP and manager of enterprise desktops and applications, said in a statement that the acquisition further enables “users to access their desktops and applications on any device.”

Citrix will continue support of RingCube customers, and a RingCube product line with support for Citrix XenDesktop 5 is now available, according to a news release.

There had been recent speculation of the acquisition over the past week of the deal. On his Twitter feed, Chris Wolf, research VP at Gartner, called the deal a “great pickup” for Citrix due to the personalization needed in virtual desktop delivery. Along with a deal in May for “VDI-in-a-box” vendor Kaviza, Wolf said the RingCube deal is “proof Citrix is hitting on all cylinders.”


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