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 any device. The newly acquired ShareFile product line adds file sharing and transferring functionality to the growing Citrix cloud-solution portfolio.

What Is ShareFile?

The web-based ShareFile solution lets users share, transfer, collaborate on and sync files up to 10GB in size. A plug-in, which supports Outlook 2003 and 2007, lets users insert links and transfer files via Microsoft Outlook. In addition to being compatible with most FTP and FTPS clients, ShareFile offers a desktop widget that provides upload, download, drag & drop and delete functionality. ShareFile's command-line interface provides a scriptable option for accessing and transferring files or synchronizing entire directory structures.

Worried about security? ShareFile uses a third-party security monitoring firm to help protect user data. According to the company, its data centers feature ballistic-proof exteriors, fingerprint scanners and identification checking at all entrances and exits, and locked cabinets and cages, in addition to other security precautions. Servers are protected with firewalls and security updates and communications between ShareFile and users are SSL encrypted.

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 and US$ 7.8 million in revenue last year. The past year has been eventful for Lipson, who was named on CPA Technology Advisor's "40 Under 40" list last October. Lipson will now take on the role of Vice President and General Manager at the new Data Sharing product group at Citrix.

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

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