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Ardence, a Citrix Company
Industry Computer software
Founded 1980
Headquarters Waltham, Massachusetts
Key people
Stephen M. Woodard, Vice President, Product Line Executive, OEM/Embedded Group
Number of employees
104 (2006)
Footnotes / references
Formerly: Ardence, Inc., VenturCom

Ardence, a Citrix Company, is a technology company headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts with representatives in Washington, D.C.; Virginia Beach, VA; Chicago, IL; Denton, TX; and Europe, Middle East, Africa and India. It develops a software-streaming product and an embedded OEM development platform.

On December 20, 2006, Citrix Systems Inc. announced an agreement to acquire Ardence.

The enterprise software-streaming product deploys Microsoft Windows, SUSE Linux, Red Hat Linux and Turbolinux operating systems, along with all their applications, on demand from networked storage. It allows any x86-based computer - desktop, server, or device - to be provisioned, or re-provisioned from bare metal.

The core technology behind the software streaming product is a device driver for the selected operating system, which mounts a virtual disk over a custom UDP protocol.[1] Basically, computers are configured to netboot a kernel that contains this device driver.


In 2005, Ardence won the ComputerWorld Horizon Award.[2]

In 2006, Ardence won the CRN Best In Show Award at IBM PartnerWorld.[3]


VenturCom was founded in 1980,[4] by Marc H. Meyer, Doug Mook, Bill Spencer and Myron Zimmerman. The company changed its name to Ardence in 2004.

On December 20, 2006, Citrix Systems Inc. announced an agreement to acquire Ardence.[5]

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