With more than 330,000 organizations serviced around the world, Citrix Systems, Inc. is one of the most successful American multinational software companies there are. The business is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and has offices and development centers across the globe. As a software business, Citrix offers software-as-a-service (SaaS), cloud computing technologies, networking, server, application and desktop virtualization.
The company is also known for leading the Xen open-source hypervisor project after the business acquired XenSource, Inc. in October 2007. With the products and services offered by the business, companies can easily access the same source of information, anytime, anywhere. Not only is Citrix offering mobility to businesses, they also offer secure channel applications that allow businesses to provide access to users with utmost security.
With $3 million funding, Ed Iacobucci founded the business in 1989. Iacobucci was one of the founders of IBM and he created Citrix in Richardson, Texas and later on moved it to Coral Springs, Florida before settling in Fort Lauderdale. Before the company became Citrix, the business was initially named Citrus but was compelled to make a name change after trademark rights to another business. The word Citrix is a portmanteau of the words Citrus and UNIX. Their first product was the Citrix MULTIUSER which was based on OS/2. This offering, however, didn’t flourish in the market after Microsoft declared that they are going to halt their support of this system.
Citrix is known as a good alliance of Microsoft. The majority of the systems created by Citrix is made compatible with the programs of Microsoft. This partnership has been running for more than 20 years now since 1989. Both companies have forged a strong relationship over desktop virtualization. Since 1997, the company has acquired more than 20 businesses, the most recent of which was the Scalextreme which they purchased in May 2014 for an undisclosed amount.