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Citrix Buys Zenprise

Citrix means to integrate Zenprise’s solution with its CloudGateway and Me@Work widgetry

Citrix is buying mobile device management (MDM) house Zenprise.

Terms weren't disclosed but Fortune says it's paying $355 million.

The company, founded in 2003, raised $64.5 million from Bay Partners, Greylock Partners, Ignition Partners, Mayfield Fund, Rembrandt Venture Partners and Shasta Ventures.

When the deal closes in Q1, Citrix means to integrate Zenprise's solution with its CloudGateway and Me@Work widgetry.

CloudGateway offers a single control point to manage and securely deliver native mobile apps, as well as Windows, web and SaaS apps to any corporate or personal device.

Me@Work, announced in October, is a mobile app family built for business that includes Citrix ShareFile for secure mobile data access, GoToMeeting for integrated mobile collaboration, Podio for social team collaboration, as well as new @WorkMail and @WorkWeb apps for secure mobile e-mail and web access.

When MDM is combined with these mobile app and data solutions, Citrix figures it will be the first company to offer a mobile device, app and data management in a single integrated enterprise mobility product line.

TechCrunch expects VMware to go shopping for an MDM acquisition to compete.

The MDM market is valued at upwards of $7 billion.

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Maureen O'Gara the most read technology reporter for the past 20 years, is the Cloud Computing and Virtualization News Desk editor of SYS-CON Media. She is the publisher of famous "Billygrams" and the editor-in-chief of "Client/Server News" for more than a decade. One of the most respected technology reporters in the business, Maureen can be reached by email at maureen(at)sys-con.com or paperboy(at)g2news.com, and by phone at 516 759-7025. Twitter: @MaureenOGara

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