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VMware Acquires Desktop Management Company Wanova

VMware basically owns the x86 server virtualization right now, but that hasn't stopped Citrix, Microsoft, Red Hat, and others from trying to gain momentum and take away market share from the virtualization giant. Despite VMware's strong grip on the server side, it has yet to find a way to achieve that same level of success within the desktop virtualization market.

After an exciting week at Citrix Synergy 2012 in San Francisco earlier this month, Citrix seemed to gain even more momentum and possibly pulled further ahead of VMware as it showcased upcoming technologies that will provide the company with an even better-defined story for transforming the corporate desktop. But now, less than two weeks later, VMware strikes back with the announcement that it plans to acquire Silicon Valley-based Wanova, adding a significant piece of technology to its end-user computing (EUC) portfolio. From a competitive standpoint, this acquisition will give VMware features and capabilities that begin to level the playing field with Citrix.

Wanova, a maker of desktop management and layering software, was founded back in 2007 by Dr. Issy Ben-Shaul and Ilan Kessler. The two previously worked together to build WAN services firm Actona (later acquired by Cisco), which developed a WAN optimization product that later became the foundation of the Cisco Application Delivery business unit. It was this expertise in wide area networking and the ability to optimize the movement of data over a WAN that gave the company the credibility to start Wanova.

The company exited stealth mode in August 2009 after raising $13 million in a Series A round of funding from Greylock Partners, Carmel Ventures, and Opus Capital. It then raised another $10 million in a Series B round last August from the same three venture capitalist firms.

Neither VMware nor Wanova representatives have divulged the financial terms of the acquisition deal, but a spokesperson for VMware said the deal is expected to close sometime in the second quarter. They added that all 50 employees at Wanova, including the company's founders, are expected to move to VMware once the acquisition closes.


Read the entire article on InfoWorld Virtualization Report.


Published Tuesday, May 29, 2012 7:08 AM by David Marshall
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