Citrix has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire mobile device management (MDM) vendor Zenprise.
Expected to close in early 2013, Citrix said that it intends to integrate the MDM with its CloudGateway and Me@Work solutions for management of mobile apps and data. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
According to Citrix, no current solutions offer a combination of application management as well as device management to allow 'bring your own' policies, leading users to deploy a mix of products from multiple vendors, often resulting in complicated deployments and a poor user experience.
It said that what is needed is a single, integrated enterprise mobility product line that combines all the power of MDM, with the ability to manage mobile apps and data across any mix of user devices. Combined with its CloudGateway and Me@Work solutions, Citrix said that when MDM is combined with these mobile app and data solutions, Citrix will become the first company to offer a mobile device, app and data management in a single, integrated enterprise mobility product line.
Sumit Dhawan, vice president and general manager of mobile solutions at Citrix, said: “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 one million devices. With a complete Citrix enterprise mobility solution, customers have all the necessary pieces to manage and secure mobile apps, content and devices.”
Dr. Waheed Qureshi, chairman and CTO of Zenprise, said: “This combination not only brings together incredibly complementary products, but a shared culture of innovation. Citrix and Zenprise have each proven their ability to deliver leading offerings in a fast-paced market. Together, we will accelerate our ability to anticipate and exceed our customers' expectations for world-class enterprise mobility solutions.”