Citrix Systems agreed to buy Ardence, the developer of real-time provisioning technology, for an undisclosed sum.
The acquisition will extend Citrix's application delivery offering to include real-time, on demand provisioning of desktops, server images and service oriented architecture objects.
The deal is expected to close in the first quarter 2007. Citrix said it expects the acquisition will add $US15 million to $18 million in revenue for its fiscal year 2007.
Citrix said that its enterprise customers will be able to use Ardence's technology in a number of ways, offering them more options for how they deliver applications and efficiently apply resources. For example, Ardence's provisioning capabilities will allow IT administrators to more quickly add new servers to a Citrix Presentation Server Farm and enable dynamic configuration of servers in the data center.
The Ardence technology will also allow users of the Citrix NetScaler line of Web application delivery products to dynamically change the amount of storage or CPU capacity available to Web applications.
Ardence will also enhance Citrix's Dynamic Desktop Initiative, designed to improve the way IT administrators can centralise computing resources, Citrix said. Ardence will extend that capability by cutting down on the complexity involved with the real-time roll out of software and enabling IT workers to remotely boot desktops, laptops, servers and blades.
Ardence has 100 employees and over 3000 customers. It will continue to be based in Waltham, Massachusetts, and will become part of Citrix's Management Systems Group, based near Boston.