Profile: Citrix Systems Inc (CTXS.OQ)
31 Jul 2014
Citrix Systems, Inc. is a cloud computing company. The Company designs, develops and markets technology solutions that enable information technology (IT) services. The Enterprise division and the Online Services division constitute its two segments. Its revenues are derived from sales of Enterprise division products, which include its Desktop Solutions, Datacenter and Cloud Solutions, Cloud-based Data Solutions and related technical services and from its Online Services division's Web collaboration, remote access and support services. It markets and licenses its products directly to enterprise customers, over the Web, and through systems integrators (Sis) in addition to indirectly through value-added resellers (VARs), value-added distributors (VADs) and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). In October 2011, it acquired all of the issued and outstanding securities of Novel Labs, Inc. (doing business as ShareFile). In November 2011, the Company acquired all of the issued and outstanding securities of App-DNA. In April 2012, it acquired Podio. In July 2012, the Company acquired Bytemobile, provider of data and video optimization solutions for mobile network operators. In September 2012, it acquired Beetil. In January 2013, the Company acquired Zenprise. In January 2014, Citrix Systems Inc acquired Framehawk Inc. Effective May 6, 2014, the Company acquired ScaleXtreme Inc, a San Mateo-based software provider for managing applications.
In February 2011, the Company acquired all of the issued and outstanding securities of Netviewer AG (Netviewer). In July 2011, it acquired all of the issued and outstanding securities of Cloud.com, Inc. (Cloud.com). In August 2011, the Company acquired all of the issued and outstanding securities of RingCube Technologies, Inc. (RingCube). During 2011, it acquired certain assets of a wholly-owned subsidiary of a privately-held company. In May 2011, the Company acquired all of the non-controlling interest of Kaviza Inc. (Kaviza). The Company's products and services focus on customers of all sizes - from individuals and professional consumers, or prosumers, who subscribe to its GoToMyPC remote access service, to network engineers who purchase its NetScaler Web application devices, or the IT professional who licenses its XenDesktop infrastructure products.
The Company’s Desktop Solutions include XenDesktop, XenApp, App-DNA, VDI-in-a-Box, and XenClient. Citrix XenDesktop is a fully integrated desktop virtualization system. XenDesktop is available in a range of packages designed for several market segments. The Express Edition of XenDesktop is offered as a free download from its Website for the IT professionals. The XenDesktop Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Edition is designed for virtual desktop projects that only require the hosted virtual machine method of desktop delivery. The Enterprise and Platinum Editions of XenDesktop include all of its major virtual desktop delivery models in one integrated package, and also include the capabilities of Citrix XenApp for delivering on-demand applications into virtual or physical desktops.
All versions of XenDesktop include Citrix HDX technologies. All editions feature licensing for both Citrix XenServer and Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization infrastructure. The most advanced editions include its FlexCast delivery technologies. Citrix XenApp is a widely-deployed application virtualization solution that allows enterprise applications to be centralized and delivered as an on-demand service. XenApp delivers applications in two ways: hosted by running application business logic on a central server using its HDX technologies to securely transmit the application's user experience to the endpoint device, or streamed by running the application locally. The XenApp server runs on Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition to Windows Server 2003 and several versions of UNIX.
During the year ended December 31, 2011, the Company announced Citrix XenApp 6.5 that continued the integration with Microsoft App-V, introduced in XenApp 6, delivering App-V virtualized applications to virtually any user - on virtually any device anywhere. It offers XenApp as a standalone product in different editions. The Platinum Edition includes the most features and adds capabilities for application performance monitoring, secure sockets layers/virtual private network (SSL/VPN), advanced SmartAccess control and single sign-on application security. The capabilities of XenApp are available in XenDesktop Enterprise and Platinum Editions to provide a complete desktop virtualization system.
Citrix AppDNA application migration software enables enterprises to discover, automate, model and manage applications for application migration, application virtualization and streamlined application management. Citrix VDI-in-a-Box is a desktop virtualization solution focused at small and medium sized businesses. Citrix XenClient is a bare-metal hypervisor that runs directly on the client device hardware, dividing up the resources of the machine and enabling multiple operating systems to run side by side in complete isolation. XenClient is available as a free download on citrix.com. Citrix Receiver is the client side of XenApp and XenDesktop. Citrix Receiver is available as a free download from citrix.com supporting numerous types of client devices. Citrix Receiver uses the Citrix HDX Technologies to communicate with XenApp and XenDesktop.
Datacenter and Cloud Solutions
The Company’s Datacenter and Cloud Solutions include Cloud Networking and Cloud Platform products. Citrix NetScaler is a Web application delivery controller. NetScaler comes in MPX-series hardware appliances. Also available with NetScaler is the Citrix CloudConnector, which extends the NetScaler from the datacenter to points-of-presence worldwide, creating an end-to-end service delivery fabric. Citrix Branch Repeater controls services, desktops, applications and multimedia for branch and mobile users. Branch Repeater is optimized for virtual desktops and applications delivered by XenDesktop and XenApp. Citrix Access Gateway is an SSL/VPN that securely delivers applications with policy-based SmartAccess control. Citrix XenServer is a complete, managed server virtualization platform built on the open source-based Xen hypervisor. The premium editions of XenServer extend the platform to enable organizations of any size to integrate and automate management processes, delivering a virtual datacenter solution.
Citrix CloudStack provides an advanced open source software platform to build cloud computing environments. Citrix CloudGateway is a unified service broker that aggregates, controls and delivers Windows, Web, software as a service (SaaS) and mobile applications to virtually any device. CloudGateway provides end-users with an intuitive single point of access and self-service to all of their business applications on virtually any device. CloudGateway also provides IT with a comprehensive single point of aggregation and control for applications and users. Citrix CloudBridge connects enterprise datacenters to external clouds and hosting environments, making the cloud a secure extension of the enterprise network. CloudBridge is a complete network solution and is available as a standalone physical or virtual appliance or integrated into NetScaler Platinum.
Citrix CloudPortal is a comprehensive portal for provisioning hosted applications, desktops, services and IaaS from the cloud. The multi-tenant platform automates business and operations support services.
Software as a Service
Citrix's SaaS businesses deliver Web collaboration, including virtual meetings, Web-based desktop support, remote access and data sharing to customers worldwide. GoToMeeting is an online product for online meetings, sales demonstrations and collaborative gatherings. GoToMeeting allows a user with a personal computer (PC) or Mac and an Internet browser to host, attend or participate in an online meeting or session without training. Mobile devices are supported on GoToMeeting, allowing a participant to join a GoToMeeting from an Apple iOS supported device (iPhone or iPad) or an Android smart phone or tablet. GoToMeeting is capable of providing a public switch telephone network (PSTN) conference dial-in number, voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and high-definition video conferencing. GoToMeeting also comes with application programming interfaces (APIs) allowing users to integrate GoToMeeting into management systems and Web sites. It also offers GoToMeeting Corporate, which supports multiple organizer accounts, unlimited meetings with up to 25 attendees, robust reporting, additional customization options and advanced administrative capabilities. GoToMeeting Corporate also provides optional integrated toll-free audio.
GoToWebinar is a webinar product. GoToWebinar allows users with a PC or Mac and an Internet browser to host, attend or participate in a webinar session without training or IT support. Mobile devices are supported on GoToWebinar, allowing a participant to join a GoToWebinar from an Apple iOS supported device (iPhone or iPad) or an Android smart phone or tablet. GoToWebinar includes such features as full-service registration with reports, customized branding, automated e-mail templates, polling and survey capabilities, webinar dashboard to monitor attendance and participation, easy presenter controls for changing presenters and VoIP and toll-based phone options. GoToWebinar also offers registration and reporting APIs via the Go To Developer Center. The product offers flat-fee pricing for unlimited webinars of any length for up to 1,000 attendees per webinar.
GoToTraining is an online training tool that allows trainers to deliver content to multiple trainees. GoToTraining allows users to host and participate in interactive online training sessions from either their PC or Mac. GoToTraining includes such features as full-service registration with integrated payment processing, reporting and management, online course catalog, automated reminder and follow-up e-mails, content library to organize and store reusable content, materials, tests, polls, integrated payment system, toll-free audio and VoIP options. GoToTraining provides free APIs allowing full learning management system (LMS), integrations through the Go To Developer Center. The product offers flat-fee pricing for unlimited training sessions of any length, for up to 200 attendees per session.
Integrated Toll Free Audio is provided with the GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar and GoToTraining products. HiDef Corporate provides standalone audio options with reservationless audio conferencing for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and large organizations. HiDef Corporate provides reporting to manage users with Web controls. GoToAssist is an online, remote technical-support product that enables individual professionals and organizations of all sizes to provide secure, on-demand support over the Internet. GoToAssist enables support staff to instantly view and control the user's PC and Mac without the need to pre-install client software. GoToAssist’s versions include GoToAssist Express, GoToAssist Corporate, and GoToAssist FastChat.
GoToManage is an online IT management product that enables IT professionals to monitor and control their IT infrastructure and remotely support people and unattended computers. The Company's crawler technology in GoToManage monitoring creates an IT system GoToManage remote support provides the capability to remotely support users and also to view and control unattended network devices. GoToMyPC is an online product that provides secure, remote access to PC and Mac from virtually any Internet-connected computer. Access to a PC and Mac are available from an iOS supported smartphone or tablet (iPhone and iPad) and from any Android based tablet. GoToMyPC, which sets up easily with a secure encrypted connection, enables individuals to remotely use any resources hosted on their desktop. GoToMyPC Pro supports up to 50 PCs.
ShareFile is a data sharing and collaboration product. ShareFile's centralized cloud storage capability also allows users to share files across multiple devices and access them from virtually any location. ShareFile's technology enables Citrix to make common data services, such as search, share, sync, secure, authenticate, open and preview, available to a range of applications, services and use cases through a set of open APIs; extend secure data sharing to new and existing applications stored in public and private clouds and accessed from different business and consumer devices, and connect data into the way people collaborate.
The Company provides a portfolio of technical services to its business partners and customers. It provides consulting services, technical support services, and product training and certification. For pre- and post-sale consulting, Citrix Consulting, a consulting services organization, provides both exploratory and fee-based consulting services. These services include on-site systems design and implementation services targeted primarily at enterprise-level clients with complex IT environments. It offers several support-level options, global coverage and personalized relationship management.
Post-sale technical support is offered through Citrix-operated support centers located in the United States, Ireland, Japan, Hong Kong, Australia, Singapore and India. The Company provides technical advice to channel distributors and entities with which it has a technology relationship, who act as the first line of technical assistance for end-users. It also offers software maintenance for certain of its products, which allows customers to purchase, through a single program, the full benefits of its Subscription Advantage product, as well as full access to technical support. Traditional or virtual instructor-led training offerings feature Citrix Certified Instructors conducting scheduled classes in a classroom or remote setting at one of approximately 200 Citrix Authorized Learning Centers (CALCs) worldwide.
The Company competes with VMWare, Oracle Corporation (Oracle), Cisco, F5 Networks, Inc. (F5), Riverbed Technology, Inc. (Riverbed), OpenStack, LogMeIn, Inc. (LogMeIn), Microsoft, Macintosh OSX, Adobe Systems, Inc. (Adobe), Logmein, Google, Dropbox, Inc., Box, Inc. and YouSendIt, Inc.
Citrix Systems Inc
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