Citrix Logo – Citrix Systems, Inc. is a multinational corporation founded in 1989, which provides technology virtualization of servers, networking, software-as-service (SaaS) and cloud computing , among which are counted products Xen open source. Today, Citrix serves about 230,000 organizations worldwide. It is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in the metropolitan area of southern Florida, and has branches in California and Massachusetts, as well as development centers in Australia, India and the United Kingdom. Following the acquisition of XenSource, Inc. in October 2007, manages the project Citrix hypervisor Xen open source.
Citrix was founded in 1989 in Richardson, Texas, by the former developer of IBM Ed Iacobucci, with a capital of 3 million dollars. Soon, Iacobucci moved the company to Coral Springs, Florida, where he had lived while working at IBM.
The original name of Citrix was Citrus, but had to change when an existing company claimed rights to the trademark. The Citrix name is a voice composed of Citrus and UNIX. Many of the original founders had participated in the project OS / 2 from IBM. Iacobucci’s intention was to incorporate the multi-user support OS / 2. IBM is not interested in the idea, prompting the company to abandon Iacobucci. Iacobucci Microsoft offered the post of technical director of the networking group, but refused to start their own business. The company’s first product was Citrix MultiUser, based on OS / 2. Citrix has licensed the source code of OS / 2 Microsoft, IBM and dodging. Citrix expected to capture market share from UNIX to facilitate the deployment of applications for OS / 2 based on text, but the product failed to find its market. This was due in part to Microsoft stated in 1991 its intention to stop supporting OS / 2. Roger Roberts was appointed CEO of Citrix in 1990. Roberts, a native of Texas, came to Citrix from Texas Instruments.
Between 1989 and 1995, the company had no benefits. In 1989 and 1990 did not yield any income. Between 1991 and 1993, Citrix received funding from Intel and Microsoft, as well as private investors. Without such investments, Citrix would not have survived. In 1993, Citrix acquired the product “NetWare Access Server” to Novell. It was a remote access application that ran on DOS and Quarterdeck Expanded Memory Manager. Providing jobs and server applications to multiple users in a manner similar to that still do the terminal servers. Citrix further developed and marketed the product under the name of WinView , who became the first product of the firm to succeed. The company went public in December 1995.