Citrix has a history of buying companies to expand their product range (NetScaler, XenSource, App-DNA, etc.) and to improve their existing products (sepagoProfiles aka Citrix User Profiles, Ems-Cortex aka Citrix CloudPortal Services, Kaviza aka VDI-in-a-Box, etc.)
During Citrix Synergy Barcelona in 2011 Citrix announced the acquisition of App-DNA, resulting in the Citrix AppDNA product (rebranded from App-DNA AppTitude). With Citrix Synergy Barcelona 2012 coming in two months I wondered if Citrix should buy Lakeside Software and if they’ll announce it in Barcelona.
Citrix relation with Lakeside Software
Citrix XenDesktop is a desktop virtualization solution that transforms Windows desktops and applications into an on-demand service available to any user, anywhere, on any device (according to Citrix).
Citrix Desktop Transformation Accelerator
In order to assist migration project Citrix last year released the free Citrix Desktop Transformation Accelerator. A XenDesktop assessment, design and deployment tool “from the experts” (as stated on the website). This toolkit leverages Lakeside technology to accelerate desktop transformation through deeper insight into users’ usage behavior and resource demands (press release). The toolkit includes a time bombed (two months) version of Lakeside Software FastTrack software.
With the release of XenDesktop 5.6 the acquired technology of RingCube, the personal vDisk, is made available. By leveraging a personal vDisk in a XenDesktop environment a virtual desktop is assigned to each user the moment they first use a desktop, preventing the use of an idle pool. In this blog article Citrix points to Lakeside Software Systrack to learn about the users behavior and automatically adjust the sleep and wake based on the user.
With Citrix AppDNA the test process of applications is automated giving a deeper insight in the compatibility, better time estimate and therefore cost saving.
In order to test the compatibility of applications and estimate the required time and effort to use the applications the software needs to be imported in the AppDNA environment. The software can be imported from disk, distribution software like SCCM or from Microsoft Application Virtualization.
Another option is to discover the applications, an option that has been added in AppDNA 6.0 (the first release by Citrix). The discovery of applications is done by a third-party product: Lakeside Systrack. What’s interesting is that this feature is integrated in the console as the first option that a user can click.
One of the strongest competiters for Citrix AppDNA is
Quest Dell ChangeBase. Unlike Citrix, Quest Dell does offer a module to discover as part of the ChangeBase product with ScriptLogic Asset Manager Discovery Edition (after acquiring ScriptLogic in 2007).
The next acquisition?
Citrix is not only depending on the technology offered by Lakeside software, they’ve invested in development (DTA toolkit, AppDNA) to drive their sales. This means they really rely on the availability of the technology offered by Lakeside Software and even advice customers to purchase their product (for instance to discover applications).
In my opinion a enterprise product should not rely on a third party to achieve their goals. Imagine what will happen if a competitor (lets say VMware, to name one) will buy Lakeside Software?
Acquiring Lakeside Software could drive sales even more by expanding the current products with more features or create new products. For example Citrix AppDNA comes in two license flavors: Standard and Enterprise. Unlike other products (like XenApp and XenDesktop) there is no Platinum license, which is fair considered the features it offers. By including a discovery module the product the product can better compete with the competition. In addition to analyzing software compatibility a module can be added to analyze system resource requirements (processor, memory, disk, etc.). Knowing the resource requirements for software (captured from a live environment) gives a better insight in demands and allows better scaling.
Ready to place your bets?
I’ll put my money on an announcement of Citrix acquiring Lakeside Software at Synergy Barcelona 2012, only time can tell.
Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments.