Citrix introduces ShareFile as 'iCloud for business'

Citrix has introduced its new file sharing service, ShareFile, as the "iCloud for business".

Citrix has introduced its new file sharing service, ShareFile, as the "iCloud for business".

At the company's annual Synergy conference in Barcelona, Citrix said its software-as-a-service (SaaS) ShareFile data cloud will create a platform for sharing business data across a range of applications and devices. A series of open APIs will also allow IT departments to incorporate search, share, sync and remote wipe functions using Citrix's "Follow-me" data service.

Mark Templeton, Citrix CEO, said in a keynote presentation at Synergy that sharing content is a "royal pain" for businesses.

"ShareFile is a new product for Citrix to do secure mobile data sharing designed for business," said Templeton.

"Rather than like Dropbox for enterprise, it's like iCloud for business; secured across people, apps and devices," he added.

A Microsoft Outlook plugin for ShareFile allows IT administrators to configure ShareFile to automatically handle files over certain size.

Citrix also announced its Receiver and GoToMeeting products will provide integration with data sharing via its "Follow me" data strategy.

Citrix acquired ShareFile in October 2011. Mark Bowker, senior analyst at Citrix's enterprise strategy group, said the acquisition will provide IT departments will access to data across applications and devices as well as a management model.

"A user's workspace, applications, and collaboration tools deliver minimal productivity without the associated data. The easier users can access and share data while IT effectively manages and secures it in the background, the more productive a businesses can be," he said.

Citrix also announced its 'HDX ready system-on-a-chip (SoC)' to provide high-definition virtual apps and desktops. Citrix's new VDI-in-a-box is aimed at small businesses or departments within large enterprises.

Templeton also outlined Citrix's efforts to significantly reduce the first year costs of virtualising desktops. Currently, Citrix says the first year costs of virtual desktops are 15% less than a physical desktop using its XenDesktop Flexcast technology.

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