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Citrix Exits Cloud Server Business

Citrix is starting 2016 by selling its CloudPlatform business unit. Citrix announced on January 11th that it is selling the CloudPlatform and CloudPortal Business Manager product lines to Accelerite, which is a business unit of Persistent Systems. Financial terms of the deal are not being publicly disclosed at this time.

"We at Citrix are extremely confident that Accelerite will help nurture our customers, who are heavily invested in running their public, commercial clouds on these solutions and will allow Citrix to focus on our core priorities around the secure delivery of apps and data," Steve Wilson VP and GM, Citrix AcceleriteConverged Infrastructure at Citrix, wrote in a blog post. "Citrix will work closely with Accelerite to build on CloudPlatform integrations with XenServer, NetScaler and Citrix Workspace Cloud."

The CloudPlatform technology is based on the Apache CloudStack open-source project that Citrix helped to start. Citrix contributed the CloudStack code to the Apache Software Foundation in April of 2012. The CloudStack technology itself came to Citrix by way of the acquisition of cloud.com in July 2011.

Citrix has had a mixed relationship with the OpenStack community over the last five years. Initially the company was a big supporter by way of its Project Olympus effort, but backed away in 2012 in favor of CloudStack. In 2013, Sameer Dholakia, who at the time was the group vice president and general manager of cloud platforms at Citrix, did a video interview where he explained how Citrix would be supporting OpenStack as well as CloudStack.

Over the last several years, Citrix has had somewhat of a personnel shift too, with former cloud.com executives leaving the company. Among them were Shannon Williams and Sheng Liang, who have since gone on to found container startup Rancher Labs.

For its part, Accelerite sees a need for cloud infrastructure even in a world where developers are increasingly adopting containers.

"Although we see an increase in both the acceptance and adoption of containers in today’s clouds, large gaps still exist in an enterprise’s ability to deploy and manage containers in these environments," Nara Rajagopalan, CEO of Accelerite, said in a statement. "CloudPlatform, with its simplicity and ease-of-use along with its tremendous customer base, is a great platform for enterprises to use to address this emerging need to help evolve the cloud into its next phase of hyper-convergence."

Citrix Isn't Completely Leaving the Cloud

With Citrix now selling off its CloudPlatform assets, the company isn't leaving the cloud altogether. Wilson commented that Citrix's cloud strategy is dedicated to supporting a range of technologies that enable customers to choose public, private or hybrid cloud technology.

"We will continue to work with both the OpenStack and CloudStack open source communities to ensure our products are optimized for offerings based on those projects," Wilson stated. "Core product offerings in our cloud computing portfolio include NetScaler, XenServer and Citrix Workspace Cloud."

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at ServerWatch and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist

This article was originally published on January 12, 2016
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