Citrix buys Norskale to grow virtualization share

Citrix buys Norskale in growing virtualization market

Desktop virtualization provider Citrix has bought Norskale, the software-only virtualization technology provider for Windows systems.

The monetary value of the deal has not been disclosed, but it looks like Citrix is preparing to capitalize on the growing market for virtualization and challenge market leader VMware.

Citrix says the acquisition complements its own products, adding that it will bundle Norskale’s application with its own XenApp and XenDesktop virtualization solutions.

Norskale’s solution is said to be used by more than 100 customers worldwide at approximately 80,000 workstations.

Figures for the number of users of XenApp and XenDesktop are not readily available, but it’s thought to number in the hundreds of thousands.

Moreover, Citrix added Windows 10 support for its desktop virtualization products last year, which will probably lead to an increase in market share.

The virtualization market is currently led by VMware, with Citrix estimated to be second, but that’s not a certainty, given the difficulty in classifying the products and the amount of information available.

A quick Google search led to a chart produced by Spiceworks in 2011, and published on VMware’s blog.

Below is a pie chart based on the Spiceworks / VMware data, which shows desktop virtualizations in the small- and mid-sized business category.


We are living in a virtual world and I am a virtual perl 

Virtualization is likely to be a growing market and trend, since the benefits seem so obvious.

Virtualization allows a company to set up all their computers in a way that each and every one can be used by any of its employees.

All they have to do is log in using their own username and password and the computer is just as they left it, complete with the massive mess of files randomly left on the desktop.

However, not many small businesses are making use of it, possibly because of the cost and complexity of installation.

Once the technology is more widely understood and easier to implement, there’s plenty of companies waiting to supply you with solutions, along with Citrix and VMware of course.

Here’s a list of virtualization technology providers, in no particular order:

  • VMware
  • Citrix
  • Microsoft
  • Red Hat
  • Amazon
  • Oracle
  • Google
  • Huawei
  • IBM
  • Parallels
  • NComputing


Missing pieces of a virtual puzzle 

The list above contains some of the companies which many will already know as being providers of virtualization technology, but it probably misses out many others.

We’ll probably revisit this subject at a later date, by which time we may have more information.

And another thing to note is that Apple, Google and some of the others may not currently be considered virtualization companies, but they provide many of the components or features that one might expect in a virtualized computing network.

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An increasing portion of the work done on a computer is cloud-based, making the hard disk and other in-computer / onboard technology more or less redundant.

Which is what virtualization is basically all about: when you switch on your computer, you’re really opening a connection to the servers in the cloud, a small portion of which is acting like your desktop computer.