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Citrix Acquires Virtual, Accelerates Innovation for Enterprise Mobility

This morning, we asked the question: "Did Citrix just acquire a company called Virtual?"  Well, we didn't have to wait long for an answer.  Citrix confirmed those rumors today, officially announcing the acquisition news. 

The company said it was increasing its commitment and investment in security to meet the growing demands of global customers adopting mobile and cloud technologies.  And as part of that commitment, Citrix acquired the stealth start-up Virtual, calling it the only provider of a cloud-based virtualization platform for iOS and Android.  The technology and team, including founder and CEO Chris Wade, will accelerate innovation across the Citrix mobile workspace apps and delivery infrastructure to help simplify IT security management for applications, data, endpoints and networks, and support the core Citrix vision for providing people with new ways to work. 

Future enhancements to the Citrix mobile workspace delivery platform with the Virtual technology will make it even easier for enterprise customers to gain instant, secure access to apps, desktops, data and services from any device over any network. This innovation will allow mobile app developers and ISVs to build more sophisticated and secure apps by letting them spin up the devices they need on-demand in the cloud, reducing the need to physically maintain a variety of test devices and making the dev/test process more affordable, scalable and manageable. As a result, more sophisticated security testing will be enabled across a wider array of devices.

“For 25 years, Citrix has been removing the barriers for business mobility with secure virtualization, mobility, networking and cloud solutions that allow people to choose when, where and how work gets done,” said Sudhakar Ramakrishna, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise and Service Provider Division, Citrix. “By advancing mobile app development, we can continue our tradition of advancing the way comprehensive, secure and personalized mobile workspaces are delivered.”

“Citrix pioneered remote access, so it was only logical for us to join them as they continue to lead innovation in mobile workspaces,” said Chris Wade, founder and CEO, Virtual. “In creating the Virtual platform, we looked at how things could be done differently. This philosophy fits into the Citrix culture of always improving ways for people to work better, from anywhere.”

Published Wednesday, September 17, 2014 6:04 PM by David Marshall
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