Citrix Moves Into Storage Control With ShareFile Acquisition

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-10-13

Virtualization software provider Citrix Systems moved into the storage-control realm Oct. 13 with the  acquisition of ShareFile, a  provider of secure, cloud-based data storage, sharing and collaboration software.

Citrix, which is integrating its product line into a new data center product entitled the "Follow-Me Data" platform, did not disclose terms of the deal.

ShareFile software, which uses a centralized control panel, is designed to simplify the secure storage, synchronization and sharing of business documents and files, both inside and outside the company. It also allows users to share files across multiple devices and access them from any location.

Experienced Crew Coming Aboard

ShareFile, based in Raleigh, N.C., fills what was a major gap in Citrix's cloud data strategy and brings to the company a development team with much experience in data services and cloud computing.

ShareFile CEO Jesse Lipson will become vice president and general manager of the newly formed Data Sharing product group at Citrix. This group will be responsible for the ShareFile product line in addition to enabling the Citrix "Follow-Me-Data" strategy.

"This is a highly strategic acquisition that enables Citrix to deliver all three of the critical components for the personal cloud -- collaboration, apps and data -- with amazing accessibility and productivity on any device," Citrix President and CEO Mark Templeton said.

"Our 'Follow-Me-Data' strategy means data will be shared (1) across people, (2) across apps, and (3) across devices. As customers and partners build on this platform, they will be able to easily add follow-me-data services to their software, leverage the data that other apps store there, and instantly inherit all the management, mobility and scalability that's in the ShareFile infrastructure."

Utilizing ShareFile's storage and data-movement control package as the front end for its new platform, Citrix now will be able to:

  • Make common data services like search, share, sync, secure, authenticate, open and preview available to a wide range of applications, services and use cases through a set of open APIs;
  • Extend secure data sharing services to new and existing apps, stored in public and private clouds, and accessed from millions of different business and consumer devices;
  • Connect data seamlessly into the way people collaborate today, ensuring that the right documents and files are always accessible when needed, and always up to date.

Citrix, based in Santa Clara, Calif., said it will reveal more of its plans for ShareFile and the "Follow-Me-Data" platform strategy at Citrix Synergy in Barcelona on Oct. 26-28.

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