VMware buys PC virtualization software firm

|By:, SA News Editor

VMware (VMW -1.5%) has acquired Desktone, developer of a PC virtualization platform (allows a PC virtual machine and relates apps/files to be hosted on a server, and provisioned to a desktop on demand) that can be delivered as a cloud service (DaaS). Terms are undisclosed.

VMware, which already offers its Horizon View PC virtualization platform, announced in August it would offer DaaS services through its new vCloud Hybrid platform. In a blog post, VMware talks up the value of Desktone's multi-tenant architecture (allows multiple cloud client to securely use the same hardware), and says it will push Desktone's offerings to its 11K service provider partners.

Citrix (CTXS -1%), VMware's top rival in the PC virtualization space, already offers a DaaS solution. The acquisition comes a week after Citrix issued a Q3 warning that stoked concerns VMware is taking share.

VMware and Citrix are joining other enterprise IT names in ticking lower following Teradata's warning.