This may not surprise you, but we Citrix folks are a bunch of overachievers. Seriously. We refuse to rest on any laurels, and are constantly pushing ourselves to reach new heights.  In my opinion, that collective passion to excel is one of the secrets to our continued growth and success. In line with that tradition, we have a few new achievements I’m excited to share with you: a best-place-to-work award, an expanded Silicon Valley campus, and additions to the team – both via acquisition and new startups we’re incubating.

First, I am proud to say that Citrix was named a top place to work in the San Francisco Bay Area, nominated by employees in the Top Workplaces 2011 Survey. In fact, we snagged the number two spot in the large business category, and our CMO Wes Wasson was named a Top Leader. Check out this San Jose Mercury News write-up!

I find this award particularly gratifying because our own employees took the time to contribute their perspectives on why they feel Citrix is a great place to work. They specifically cited our community outreach programs, which include our Global Day of Impact, where employees all around the world are encouraged to go out and volunteer at local organizations that mean something special to them (and they get paid to do it!). In Silicon Valley, our people have volunteered at organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and Second Harvest Food Bank. You can really sense the pride people take in being able to contribute to our local communities.

Another major enhancement to life here at Citrix involves our physical environment. Today we will open the second building on our Silicon Valley campus in Santa Clara, which includes the new Citrix Conference Center. A large part of this LEED-certified 35,000 square-foot facility is a dedicated conference center, where Citrix and our partners can host events. This includes a dedicated executive briefing center, where customers and prospects can come and experience all the latest Citrix products and technologies in a best-in-class environment. There’s a glass-enclosed data center running the facility, an interactive video area, and much more. The conference center is truly a world-class destination, and should be on the itinerary of any executive visiting the technology leaders in Silicon Valley. Furthermore, this is a global operation! We opened a similar facility in Bangalore last year, and we’re planning significant investments in Ft. Lauderdale, Tokyo and other locations. Stay tuned!

But we’re not just investing in the Citrix internal infrastructure. We’re making tremendous headway with our seed investment initiative, the Citrix Startup Accelerator, which seeks new technologies that will impact innovation in areas such as virtualization, cloud, mobility, networking, security, storage, collaboration and SaaS. In the last seven months since the program launched, we have made funding commitments to four startups, and we recently revealed the 12 Global Challenge finalists that are competing for a $100K-$400K investment. The selected companies also gain access to Citrix technology, customers and channel partners, business mentoring and subsidized office space, from which you can literally hear the rollercoaster at the neighboring Great America amusement park. Is there a better metaphor for the startup life? This is really exciting, for the startups and for all of us at Citrix.

We also just announced the acquisition of Cloud.com and our new team members (including Christian Reilly, a true cloud thought leader!) will be joining the celebration at our Santa Clara campus today, and moving to the campus in August.  This acquisition really helps Citrix change the game and continue its push from the PC era in to the cloud era.  Some of you know that I’m a techie product-type at heart, and I’m excited that we’re taking an approach that is FAR different from others who are adding a cloud management layer on top of a traditional enterprise server virtualization platform – but that’s what we do at Citrix!  The Cloud.com product line helps providers of all types deploy and manage simple, cost-effective cloud services that are scalable, secure, and open by design. The solution is designed to help providers build clouds the way the world’s largest and most successful public clouds are built and the approach has helped Cloud.com customers around the world roll out new cloud services up to 50 times faster, at one fifth the cost of alternative solutions.  That’s certainly a game changing approach.

I’m extremely proud of these milestones and the individual talent and collective effort it took to attain them. Please join me in celebrating these achievements, and look for many more to come!