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Monday, 17 September 2012 12:25

Acronis dips a toe into acquisition pool

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Data protection specialist Acronis has made its first acquisition: a company that offers file sharing and syncing technology.

Acronis has acquired GroupLogic, a company that provides secure enterprise file access, sharing and syncing software.

The move is in response to the growing need for enterprise mobility solutions.

"Our customers are facing a new IT environment. The growth of big data, the drive for greater collaboration and the rise in mobile working have introduced new devices and unsecure file sharing practices into the enterprise," said Acronis President and CEO Alex Pinchev.

"Confidential corporate content is regularly leaving the network on iPads, smartphones or via a public cloud.

"With the acquisition of GroupLogic we are positioned to help organisations of all sizes realise the benefits of enterprise mobility and secure collaboration, while keeping corporate content and systems available and accessible at all times."

GroupLogic's products include activEcho for secure enterprise file sharing and syncing, mobilEcho for secure mobile file management, ExtremeZ-IP for integrating Macs with Windows-based networks, and ArchiveConnect to allow Mac users to browse file system archives (created with products such as Symantec Enterprise Vault or CommVault Simpana) without unnecessarily bringing archived files back online.

Former GroupLogic CEO Chris Broderick has joined Acronis as SVP, mobility solutions, along with other GroupLogic employees.

"GroupLogic and Acronis share a common vision that software for the modern IT organisation has to be easy to use, support a diversity of platforms and most importantly, reduce operating costs while mitigating risk," he said.

"Together, we can give CIO’s the tools that address secure collaboration and data accessibility from creation at the edge of the network, to making sure that data is easily recoverable from storage."


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Stephen Withers

Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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