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The 10 Biggest Virtualization Stories Of 2012

From software-defined networking's rise, to big deals and major executive shuffles, this was a year with few dull moments in the virtualization marketplace.

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6. Citrix Acquires Desktop Virtualization, Management, BYOD Tech

Citrix, as it has done in previous years at the outset of its annual Synergy conference, acquired Virtual Computer and positioned the startup's desktop virtualization and management software as an enterprise extension of Citrix XenClient. Buying Virtual Computer allowed Citrix to eliminate a competitor, but Citrix was also an investor, taking part in the startup's $15 million series B round of funding.

As part of Citrix's push into mobility, it acquired mobile device management vendor Zenprise in December. The deal fits with Citrix's goal of building a complete stack of mobile apps -- it already offers secure email, Web browsing and file synchronization and sharing apps -- and Zenprise fills in the all-important device management piece.

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