Citrix Systems agreed to buy Ardence, the developer of real-time provisioning technology, for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition will extend Citrix\u2019s application delivery offering to include real-time, on-demand provisioning of desktops, server images and service-oriented architecture objects. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2007. Citrix said it expects the acquisition will add US$15 million to $18 million in revenue for its fiscal 2007. Citrix said its enterprise customers will be able to use Ardence\u2019s technology in a number of ways, offering them more options for how they deliver applications and efficiently apply resources. For example, Ardence\u2019s provisioning capabilities will allow IT administrators to more quickly add new servers to a Citrix Presentation Server Farm and enable dynamic configuration of servers in the data center. The Ardence technology will allow users of the Citrix NetScaler line of Web application delivery products to dynamically change the amount of storage or CPU capacity available to Web applications. Ardence will also enhance Citrix\u2019s Dynamic Desktop Initiative, designed to improve the way IT administrators can centralize computing resources, Citrix said. Ardence will extend that capability by cutting down on the complexity involved with the real-time rollout of software and enabling IT workers to remotely boot desktops, laptops, servers and blades. Ardence has 100 employees and\u00a0more than\u00a03,000 customers. It will continue to be based in Waltham, Mass., and will become part of Citrix\u2019s Management Systems Group, based near Boston.-Nancy Gohring, IDG News Service (Dublin Bureau)Related Link:\n\nCisco, Citrix Expand Click-to-CallCheck out our CIO News Alerts and Tech Informer pages for more updated news coverage.