RES Software has been around since 1999 and spent several years in a segment of the market known alternatively as user virtualization or user environment management (UEM). Essentially, this is technology that virtualizes user data so it can be easily moved around between desktops and devices.
RES Software is the No. 2 player in this market segment after AppSense, which landed $70 million in funding from Goldman Sachs in 2011. RES Software has raised $12.4 million from Gimv, a European investment firm, according to Crunchbase.
In recent years, RES Software has branched out and become more focused on IT automation and self-services for end users, including tasks like password resets and on-boarding and off-boarding users. RES has a UEM component in its Workspace Manager product that gives IT departments visibility into users and their data.
Both RES Software and AppSense are seeing growing attention from businesses as a result of the bring-your-own-device and workplace mobility trends. And according to sources familiar with the matter, both vendors have been acquisition targets for both VMware and Citrix in the not-too-distant past.
Sources told CRN that VMware held acquisition talks with RES Software last year but couldn't come to terms on a deal. The sources also said Citrix's top leadership had a formal conversation about buying AppSense or RES Software last fall, but didn't come to a decision.
VMware ended up making two acquisitions to address its needs in this space: CloudVolumes, a startup focused on delivering virtual apps to desktops; and Immidio, a maker of a Windows desktop virtualization management software product.