What is Citrix

Citrix Systems Inc is an American cloud software company specialising in developing cloud computing software and applications.

The company, based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was founded by Ed Lacobucci in 1989, and initially began life developing remote access tools for devices running Windows operating systems, before evolving its product – exclusive to Microsoft at the time – into a thin client.

Its thin client was designed for accessing remote servers which, following its acquisition of Sequoia Software in 2001 as well as ExpertCity, allowed Citrix to develop its library of remote access applications even further.

Citrix was able to expand its business into the server and desktop virtualisation markets as it continued to build a healthy core of customers and acquire further companies, using the cloud as a springboard for its products. The company spread into the SaaS and IaaS sectors, and began offering its customers several options to assist with virtualisation, communication and collaboration.

Its GoTo line became very popular with businesses worldwide – including its GoToAssist, GoToMeeting, GoToMyPC, among others – but the company decided to transition these products into a standalone business and shift its attention on building its portfolio of virtualisation products.

LogMeIn announced a merger with Citrix in 2016 in which both companies took a 50% stake in the GoTo family, with the former’s remote access and remote desktop products better integrated with the latter’s.

The company is dual-headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Santa Clara, California. It also has offices in Raleigh, North Carolina, Australia, India, Japan and the UK.