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Citrix Acquires Cedexis to Optimize App and Content Performance in Hybrid Multi-Cloud World
Earlier this week, Citrix announced the acquisition of Cedexis, a real-time data-driven service for dynamically optimizing the flow of traffic across public clouds, data centers, CDNs and ISPs.  With Cedexis, Citrix can significantly improve app performance in hybrid and multi-cloud environments using dynamic and programmable intelligent traffic steering technology.

Cedexis was founded in June of 2009 by Akamai veterans Marty Kagan and Julien Coulon, and it has received more than $33 million dollars in funding over the years from investors such as Ginko Ventures, Foxconn, Nokia Growth Partners (NGP), and Citrix Systems Ventures.

Together, the companies will be at the forefront of a "marketplace ripe for the seismic shifts happening in the worlds of infrastructure and networking," according to a company statement.

"By combining Citrix innovations in its industry-leading networking portfiolio with Cedexis technology, our customers can deliver a superior experience to their end users," said P.J. Hough, chief product officer at Citrix.  "Whether it is for business to employee (B2E) apps, business to business (B2B), or business to consumer (B2C) apps, enterprises can drive better end-user engagement, higher workspace productivity and infrastructure efficiency by lowering IT's costs for cloud and network services."

The acquisition further differentiates the Citrix secure digital perimeter (SDP) approach to security and performance.  According to Hough, with modern distributed applications powered by microservices in hybrid and multi-cloud environments, "Citrix can now offer dynamic real-time intelligent traffic management that enables infrastructure orchestration and real-time actionable insights into end-user engagement."

Boosted by the Cedexis technology, Citrix will be able to deliver a high quality experience regardless of load and latency across different network paths, and they will work with other vendors to make global server load balancing a reality.

This should take Citrix NetScaler up another notch, optimizing delivery of applications across any kind of network and any kind of app.

Citrix has made selling to cloud providers an important initiative and the acquisition of Cedexis will play right into that strategy by giving Citrix technology that it can use to target cloud providers under pressure to deliver services with higher reliability and performance.

"It made perfect sense to join forces with the company that is leading the world in helping enterprises accelerate their journey to the cloud. Together with Citrix, we will rapidly increase the pace of innovation in our market. We will ensure stellar performance and a people-centric experience that delights end users and simplifies IT management, and makes Citrix the preferred way to securely access and deliver apps and data across any device, platform, or cloud," said Ryan Windham, CEO of Cedexis.

Windham went on to say that in the DevOps world, "we will continue to work with partner technologies to make global server load balancing a reality, making the most of local load balancing capabilities that have already been deployed. And we will continue to provide broad and deep real user measurement data to network architects who are dedicated to taming the chaos of the internet and providing exceptional service to their customers."

Finanical terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Published Thursday, February 15, 2018 7:20 AM by David Marshall
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