Virtual computing solutions provider Citrix has been focused on expanding its cloud portfolio. Earlier this year, it acquired, now it adds ShareFile to the family.

In May 2011, Citrix announced plans for its Follow-Me Data solution, which would integrate access to cloud-based file and data storage into its cross-platform Receiver solution,which allows users to access desktops and apps remotely from anydevice. The newly acquired ShareFile product line adds file sharing andtransferring functionality to the growing Citrix cloud-solutionportfolio.

What Is ShareFile?

The web-based ShareFilesolution lets users share, transfer, collaborate on and sync files upto 10GB in size. A plug-in, which supports Outlook 2003 and 2007, letsusers insert links and transfer files via Microsoft Outlook. In additionto being compatible with most FTP and FTPS clients, ShareFile offers adesktop widget that provides upload, download, drag & drop anddelete functionality. ShareFile's command-line interface provides ascriptable option for accessing and transferring files or synchronizingentire directory structures.

Worried about security?ShareFile uses a third-party security monitoring firm to help protectuser data. According to the company, its data centers featureballistic-proof exteriors, fingerprint scanners and identificationchecking at all entrances and exits, and locked cabinets and cages, inaddition to other security precautions. Servers are protected withfirewalls and security updates and communications between ShareFile andusers are SSL encrypted.

Learning Opportunities

ShareFile pricing levels range from US$ 29.95 a month for a basic plan up to enterprise-level options starting at US$ 499.95 a month. A free trial is also available.

Future of ShareFile

Founded in 2005 by CEO Jesse Lipson, ShareFile was ranked 241 on Inc. magazine's 30th annual Inc. 500 back in August. According to Inc.,ShareFile statistics include a three-year 1322 percent growth rate andUS$ 7.8 million in revenue last year. The past year has been eventfulfor Lipson, who was named on CPA Technology Advisor's "40 Under 40" listlast October. Lipson will now take on the role of Vice President andGeneral Manager at the new Data Sharing product group at Citrix.

Weare absolutely thrilled to be part of Citrix," Lipson tells CMSWire."Citrix's resources, technology and market vision will allow us to bringthe ShareFile product to an even larger audience, which helps usachieve our mission of raising the bar for customer service in the fieldof technology."

Lipson says to expect some exciting announcements atthe Synergy 2011 conference in Barcelona, which will be held October 26-28.