HP knows the power of partnership.  It’s built on a very successful one — partners Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard helped transform enterprises. Over the years, HP and Citrix have collaborated to redefine the app and desktop virtualization space with XenApp and XenDesktop. And now our partnership is set to lead enterprise IT into a new frontier: Today HP announced its Enterprise Cloud Services–Mobility solution, which integrates the HP cloud infrastructure with Citrix mobility solutions to help IT jump start their mobility initiatives.

HP’s cloud-based solution provides IT with a powerful infrastructure that empowers users to access IT-managed applications and securely share, sync and store data — from any device, anytime, anywhere. The solution integrates with Citrix mobility offerings including industry-leading products like XenMobile for mobile application and device management and ShareFile for enterprise file sync and sharing.

This is great news for organizations that want to deliver a secure service with a beautiful user experience, while enjoying the effortless management of a cloud-based solution.

Without a doubt, IT needs to manage and control the range of devices, apps and services that employees are bringing into the workplace. We know people are using their personal tablets and smartphones to get work done and we know they’re uploading company data to unsecured file-sharing services. According to an August 2012 Enterprise Strategy Group report¹, a vast majority (70 percent) of organizations know or suspect their employees are using personal online file-sharing accounts without formal IT approval.

Why? Because users are frustrated with the existing standardized services that don’t work with their mobile workstyles and hurt productivity. I call it Cowboy Consumerization — a wild west of device and software proliferation that is wreaking havoc for organizations that must keep data secure and intellectual property protected.

That’s why this partnership between HP and Citrix is so exciting. Together, we are bringing order to the mobility chaos— without killing the devices and services that are propelling productivity.

This is the best-of-both-worlds approach that ShareFile is built on. ShareFile combines control with usability, security with mobility. We’ve designed the product keeping core enterprise requirements in mind, like a customized blend of cloud-based and on-premises storage; ability to leverage existing investments like network shares, apps with content editing capabilities; and data management policies like remote wipe.

Last month Citrix received the highest possible rating of “strong positive” in Gartner Inc.’s MarketScope for Enterprise File Synchronization & Sharing (EFSS)².  HP’s announcement today is one more indication that Citrix is leading the charge for mobility in enterprise.

¹ Source: ESG Research Report, Online File Sharing and Collaboration: Security Challenges and Requirements, August 2012.

² Gartner “MarketScope for Enterprise File Synchronization and Sharing” by Monica Basso, Jeffrey Mann, February 12, 2013.

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