October 13, 2011 – Citrix announced it has acquired ShareFile, with intentions to make the cloud storage and sharing provider integral to its data collaboration and personal cloud strategy.

In what Citrix is calling “follow-me-data,” ShareFile’s storage and sharing capabilities will push enhanced document access and collaboration across cloud environments and mobile devices, according to a news release.

Citrix President and CEO Mark Templeton stressed accessibility to documents across enterprise applications as the centerpiece to acquisition.

“As customers and partners build on [the Citrix cloud] 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,” Templeton said in a news release.

ShareFile is based in Raleigh, N.C., with more than 2 million business users and 14,000 paying customers of the cloud storage and sharing service it first launched in 2005, according to its website. Jesse Lipson, ShareFile CEO, will become VP and manager at Citrix’s new Data Sharing product group, and he indicated in a statement on the acquisition that Citrix would continue to support ShareFile’s customer base.

Outside of stating that the deal has been completed, financial details of the deal were not disclosed. Citrix stated that it will reveal more of its plans for ShareFile and its cloud strategy at a conference Oct. 26-28 in Barcelona.

In August, Citrix made another move in the personal cloud space in purchasing RingCube, a provider of personalized technology for desktop virtualization adoption.

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