Yesterday, Elliott Management, a 7.1% owner in Citrix Systems, advised Citrix in writing that drastic changes are needed in order to refocus the company and return it to profit. Elliott not only voiced concerns about the current modus operandi, but it aggressively proposed ways that it could return Citrix to a positive trajectory by making adjustments related to business management, products, and finances. Although the letter starts off asking for a meeting with the Board of Directors, it later states that “the far better course is for Citrix to embrace this offer of cooperation and for us to proceed collaboratively, and quickly.” Is this a hostile takeover threat? There are a number of questions surrounding whether this indeed will result in a takeover, an infusion of investment dollars and professional guidance, something in between, or nothing at all. It is my hope that the result of this letter will be some professional guidance.
Continue reading Citrix and Elliott Management: Impact on Customers
Earlier this year, Citrix announced plans to discontinue its VDI-in-a-Box product. VDI-in-a-Box was targeted toward the small and medium business (SMB) market as a simple, all-in-one solution focused exclusively on virtual desktops. This discontinuation has left a gaping hole in the Citrix product stack. Numerous vendors sense blood in the waters and are attacking this market with full strength.
Continue reading v.Next of Citrix VDI-in-a-Box: HCI?
In Anatomy of a Desktop Virtualization Project #1, we discussed getting to know your application estate and identifying the required delivery methods for those apps. In part #2, it’s time to engage with vendors and determine what form of solution you should deploy.
Continue reading Anatomy of a Desktop Virtualization Project #2: Vendor Engagement
At first glance, desktop virtualization seems fairly simple. Just deliver an operating system image, tune it, set the policies required, persist the user state, and you’re good to go. Right?
Continue reading Anatomy of a Desktop Virtualization Project #1: Application Analysis
I‘ve heard it opined a few times recently that the whole profile management market, often referred to as “user state virtualization” (USV) or “user environment management” (UEM), is based on a lie. Essentially, there are those out there who believe that the industry that has sprung up around UEM is a solution looking for a problem, and that there is no need for any enterprise or SME to make any sort of investment in UEM products. Is there any truth to this assertion?