Citrix Acquires Norskale – Ups Their UEM Profile

This morning Citrix publicly announced the acquisition of Norskale.  If you have ever been to a Synergy you probably remember Norskale for the cute little foam ghosts they give out on the floor (my dogs love them!).  Helmed by fellow (now former!) CTP Pierre Marmignon Norskale has been enhacing the VDI space for years with top notch EUM solutions.  They also provide a very easy thin client transformation technology that gives Citrix an interesting play in the Physical Desktop space.  Once the transition is complete Norskale technologies will be available to all Enterprise and Platinum customers with a current Software Maintenance (NOT Subscription Advantage… it’s a combination of SA and Support basically).

This is big news for Citrix.  One of the perceived stack weaknesses against VMware was their EUM component.  Citrix Profile Management was an ok stop gap for many customers but Norskale brings a whole new level to their EUM space and one that customers should happily embrace.  What makes this an interesting play is going to be the reaction of their partners… RES, AppSense, Liquidware, etc; There is still absolutely room for all of those products in the ecosystem.  They bring a more complete, wholistic solution.  But for many mid-small size implementations this announcement will take some of those partners off the table.

Congrats to Pierre and the Norskale team!

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