Cloud Software Group Inc., the parent company Citrix, NetScaler and TIBC has reportedly laid off thousands of employees in the latest case of tech companies laying off staff.

CRN broke the news and although there has been no official confirmation of the layoffs from Citrix or Cloud Software Group as of the time of writing, Citrix employees are posting on Twitter Inc. about being laid off.

According to CRN, the layoffs are “brutal,” with a source telling the publication that “it’s a sad day for a company that pioneered the VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) market.” Another source told CRN that the layoffs were the “largest Citrix has ever had.”

The layoffs are said to include much of Citrix’s commercial sales organization and some channel-facing employees. Other employees known to be laid off include those in networking, application and delivery.

Among those laid off is now former Senior Solution Engineer James Priest, who was laid off from Citrix after eight years. While the job market in tech is not particularly easy, Priest, fortunately, has gained a job at ServiceNow Inc. Not all former Citrix workers will be as fortunate in a down market where tech companies are slashing jobs across the board.

After years as a publicly listed company, it was announced Citrix was set to go private in January 2022 following sustained pressure from activist investor Elliot Management Corp. Under the deal, Elliott’s private equity firm Evergreen Coast Capital and Vista Equity Partners acquired Citrix for $16.5 billion.

Tech acquisitions take time and the deal did not close until Sept. 30. Upon closing, Citrix was merged with Tibco Software Inc., with services including NetScaler, ShareFile and XenServer coming under the Cloud Software Group umbrella.

Citrix was founded in 1989 and anyone who worked in finance in the 1990s or early 2000s would have stumbled across a system powered by Citrix at one point or another. While today VMware Inc. is arguably the better-known company for providing virtual machines, there was a point in the past when Citrix was synonymous for virtual machines.

As recently as 2015, Citrix held a 40% market share in virtual client computing, but VMware was chipping away at that figure. Notably, 2015 was also the same time that Elliot Management was reportedly taking a “keen interest” in Citrix.

Sadly, layoffs in the tech industry have become a nearly daily occurrence as the global economy goes from bad to worse. San Francisco-based artificial intelligence startup ScaleAI Inc. also announced today that it was laying off 20% of its staff.

Image: Citrix

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