Citrix Swoops Up Layering Expert UniDesk

Citrix, the enterprise software system that provides server, application and desktop virtualization announced this week it has acquired Unidesk, known for its layering capabilities to simplify application packaging.

“Unidesk has been recognized by customers and industry analysts as the clear leader in application layering, offering multiple unique advantages that streamline secure app delivery and VDI deployments and make them easier to manage,” said Jeroen van Rotterdam, senior vice president of engineering at Citrix in the company’s statement. “By incorporating Unidesk technology into XenAapp and XenDesktop, Citrix advances its industry leadership by offering the most powerful and easy to deploy application layering solution available for delivering and managing app and desktops in the cloud, on-premises and in hybrid deployment environments.”

Unidesk was named the “Citrix Ready Partner of the Month” in December 2016, for “bringing unprecedented application and image management efficiency to end user computing environments based on Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop,” a post on the company’s website said.

Unidesk is known for its full-stack layering technology, which enhances compatibility by layering the Windows workspace as modular virtual disks, the OS itself, as well as apps. Now Citrix customers will be able to leverage the most scalable and feature-rich app-layering solution that simplifies transition to the cloud, Citrix said.

The buying company announced the news at its annual Citrix Summit. Details of the terms were not released.