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Citrix acquires start-up Virtual

Citrix has acquired start-up Virtual, the only provider of a cloud-based virtualisation platform for iOS and Android.

In a statement, Citrix says it made this acquisition as a way of investing in security to meet the growing demands of global customers adopting mobile and cloud technologies.

Virtual claims the platform can emulate any Android or iOS device on any platform with near-native accuracy.

The platform also serves as an environment for bug and app testing − another space Citrix says it plans to address because of the increasing security requirements in enterprise mobility.

The company says the innovation will allow mobile app developers and independent software vendors to build more sophisticated and secure apps by letting them spin up the devices they need on-demand in the cloud.

The entire Virtual team, including founder and CEO Chris Wade, will now be working for Citrix, but the terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"Citrix pioneered remote access, so it was only logical for us to join them as they continue to lead innovation in mobile workspaces. In creating the Virtual platform, we looked at how things could be done differently. This philosophy fits into the Citrix culture of always improving ways for people to work better, from anywhere," says Wade.

Citrix says the Virtual platform will allow mobile app developers and independent software vendors to build more sophisticated and secure apps by letting them spin up the devices they need on-demand and in the cloud.

"For 25 years, Citrix has been removing the barriers for business mobility with secure virtualisation, mobility, networking and cloud solutions that allow people to choose when, where and how work gets done," says Sudhakar Ramakrishna, senior vice-president and general manager, enterprise and service provider division, Citrix.

"By advancing mobile app development, we can continue our tradition of advancing the way comprehensive, secure and personalised mobile workspaces are delivered."

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