Citrix snaps up ShareFile to bolster cloud capabilities

Citrix has extended its cloud capabilities with the acquisition of ShareFile, which provides hosted storage services, as it gears up mto exploit the predicted growth in the market. The terms of the deal were undisclosed but the vendor was happy to talk about the reasons for the purchase pointing ou


Citrix has extended its cloud capabilities with the acquisition of ShareFile, which provides hosted storage services, as it gears up mto exploit the predicted growth in the market.

The terms of the deal were undisclosed but the vendor was happy to talk about the reasons for the purchase pointing out that all the expectations are that the cloud market will have expanded significantly by 2015 and the idea of "follow-me-data", which ShareFile can deliver, will be a big part of that demand.

"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. Our follow-me-data strategy means data will be shared across people, across apps and across devices," said Mark Templeton, president and CEO, Citrix Systems.

"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," he added.

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