Citrix to acquire mobile device management player Zenprise

6 Dec 2012103 Views

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Citrix, a provider of server and desktop virtualisation, networking, SaaS and cloud computing technologies, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire mobile device management (MDM) provider Zenprise for an undisclosed sum.

The deal will enable Citrix to offer a comprehensive product line for managing mobile apps, mobile data and mobile devices, and it plans to integrate the Zenprise solution for mobile device management with its Citrix CloudGateway and Me@Work solutions for managing mobile apps and data.

“Consumerisation and BYOD have given rise to very difficult challenges for businesses in enabling a productive, mobile workforce while still maintaining tight controls over company information,” said  Sumit Dhawan, vice-president and general manager, Mobile Solutions at Citrix.

“Zenprise was a clear choice for Citrix, with its leading MDM product, an experienced team, a history of innovation, and a footprint on more than 1m devices. With a complete Citrix enterprise mobility solution, customers have all the necessary pieces to manage and secure mobile apps, content and devices.”

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Amit Pandey, president and CEO of Zenprise, said his company is focused on next-generation MDM.

“This means making mobile apps ‘business-ready’ and keeping mobile content secure, while harmonising IT needs and the user experience. Zenprise has made it easy for businesses to put mobile to work and our software is a great complement to the Citrix mobility solutions.”

The acquisition is expected to close during the first quarter of 2013.

Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic

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