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Oct 26 2011   9:11AM GMT

Citrix to offer cloud storage, collaboration services

Colin Steele Colin Steele Profile: Colin Steele

By Bridget Botelho, Senior Site Editor

Citrix Systems has shed some light on its plans for ShareFile, a cloud storage provider the company acquired earlier this month.

At Citrix Synergy in Barcelona this morning, the company said it will use the ShareFile platform to build services that allow users to share files across multiple devices and access them from any location. These services, called Follow-Me-Data Fabric, will provide features such as data sync, send and collaboration capabilities, user authentication and more.

Citrix acquired ShareFile after Box.net rejected its $600 million acquisition offer earlier this year. Although ShareFile is not as popular as Box.net or Dropbox, it does give Citrix a product in the cloud storage and collaboration market, where competitor VMware is actively acquiring similar technologies that detach customers from PC dependency.

Citrix’s Follow-Me-Data Fabric will integrate with a variety of Citrix products, starting with Citrix GoToMeeting and Citrix Receiver. It is an open service, so third-party product providers are free to tap into it as well.

Citrix’s online meetings service, GoToMeeting, will have a new Workspaces capability that uses Follow-Me-Data Fabric. GoToMeeting Workspaces will be available in 2012.

The Follow-Me-Data Fabric technology will also be built into Citrix Receiver, the universal software client that lets users connect to applications. A tech preview will be available this quarter.

“As part of Citrix, ShareFile wants to be a sort of DropBox for enterprise,” said Rachel Chalmers, an analyst with the 451 Group. “It’s a lovely fit with the consumerization of IT and the positioning of Citrix Receiver as an app store precisely analogous to Apple’s or to the Android Marketplace.”

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