Citrix Completes Acquisition of Orbital Data Adding WAN Optimization to Application Delivery Strategy
Citrix Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:CTXS) today announced ithas completed the acquisition of privately held Orbital Data Corp., aleading provider of solutions that optimize the delivery ofapplications to branch office users over wide area networks (WANs).The cash consideration to shareholders was approximately $50 million.The company also assumed approximately 0.3 million unvestedstock-based instruments each of which upon vesting will be exercisablefor the right to receive one share of the company’s common stock.
This acquisition strengthens Citrix’s customer value propositionas part of the company’s end-to-end application delivery strategy.With an estimated 55 percent of all employees worldwide accessingtheir applications from branch offices, WAN optimization solutions arerapidly becoming a critical infrastructure requirement for companiesworldwide. The Orbital Data solution, which will be re-branded asCitrix(R) WANScaler(TM), addresses this important market by improvingapplication response time up to 50 times for branch office employeeswhile reducing the need for expensive bandwidth upgrades. The newCitrix WANScaler solution also provides an ideal complement to thecompany’s flagship Citrix(R) NetScaler(R) and Citrix PresentationServer(TM) product lines, further enhancing performance for remoteapplication users.
“With this acquisition, Citrix enters the fast-growing WANoptimization market accelerating application delivery for branchoffices worldwide thereby extending our best access experience value,”said B.V. Jagadeesh, group vice president and general manager,Application Networking Group for Citrix.
“Citrix has a proven track record making successful acquisitionsand bringing products to market as part of its overall applicationdelivery strategy. A similar opportunity exists with Orbital Data, andwe are enthusiastic about bringing this solution to our customers andchannel partners around the world.”
Orbital Data’s development and marketing teams will join theCitrix Application Networking Group in San Jose, Calif., whileOrbital’s sales teams will report into Citrix sales and channeldevelopment teams, becoming dedicated WANScaler sales and channeldevelopment specialists.
Citrix Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:CTXS) is the global leader and mosttrusted name in on-demand access. More than 180,000 organizationsaround the world rely on Citrix to provide the best possible accessexperience to any application for any user. Citrix customers include100% of the Fortune 100 companies and 98% of the Fortune Global 500,as well as hundreds of thousands of small businesses and individuals.Citrix has approximately 6,200 channel and alliance partners in morethan 100 countries. Citrix annual revenues in 2005 were $909 million.Learn more at www.citrix.com.
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