Citrix to axe VDI-in-a-Box as company restructures

In addition to letting 900 employees go, some Citrix products will be eliminated as part of a re-organization, with VDI-in-a-Box the first to go.

VDI-in-a-Box will be a casualty of a Citrix company-wide restructuring plan as it turns its focus to other products.

As part of Citrix’s Q4 2014 earnings call this week, the company said it would either move on from or reconfigure some products, and eliminate 900 total employee positions; 700 full-time and 200 contractors.

Products that have small revenue or aren’t necessary to the company’s strategic goals will either be discontinued or transitioned from being “products” to “features,” said Mark Templeton, Citrix CEO and president.

Citrix will stop selling VDI-in-a-Box and it will be replaced by “a simpler and more price-competitive version of VDI,” Templeton said.

In addition, AppDNA, which allows conversion of physical-to-virtual Windows apps, will go from a standalone product to a feature in the platinum versions of XenApp and XenDesktop.*

There is no timeline for the end of VDI-in-a-Box and the product will continue to be fully supported as part of its normal lifecycle, a Citrix spokesperson said. Citrix will have alternative options available for customers when VDI-in-a-Box ends, the spokesperson said.

An indication of Citrix’s plans to scale back investment in some products was apparent last year in a interview with Gunnar Berger, Citrix’s desktop and apps CTO. Berger didn’t name specific products but said Citrix would be investing “in strategies that we see as the future — and de-investing in strategies that don’t.”

Read more at: TechTarget-Citrix to axe VDI-in-a-Box as company restructures by Jake O’Donnell


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