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Acronis Adds File Sync with Acquisition of GroupLogic

Acronis, a provider of backup and recovery software, said it has acquired GroupLogic for an undisclosed amount. GroupLogic is a 22-year old company currently known for its file synchronization software that provides the enterprise equivalent of cloud-based storage and file-sharing services such as Dropbox, Microsoft SkyDrive or Google Drive without the risk associated with using such services.

Dmitri Joukovski, Acronis VP of product management said the acquisition of GroupLogic file synchronization software fits well with its portfolio of disaster recovery and data protection solutions, which are designed for physical, virtual and cloud environments. Joukovski said Acronis had sought out a software vendor that would let it add file sync software for some time.

"People are telling us they feel confident within the firewall their data is protected but they see more and more people work with corporate data outside the firewall," Joukovski said. "They e-mail documents to each other and they use insecure consumer file sharing solutions. They are looking for solutions that enable very secure access and collaboration with corporate documents."

GroupLogic's latest product, mobilEcho 4.0, lets users access corporate data running on file servers, networked attached storage (NAS) and within SharePoint environments. While giving users access to data from their PCs, Macs, iPhones and Macs, IT administrators also can manage access to data and wipe data from devices as needed, while also encrypting stored data. The software integrates with Microsoft's Active Directory and LDAP-based directory services.

Joukovski said that Acronis will operate GroupLogic as a separate subsidiary, though it's to be determined whether the company's brand will be phased out over time.

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on 09/14/2012 at 1:14 PM


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