Citrix Acquires Maker of GoToMyPC in $225M Deal

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Citrix Systems is acquiring Expertcity in a $225 million deal designed to provide an end-to-end access infrastructure offering.

Citrix Systems on Thursday announced its acquisition of Expertcity, Inc., the Santa Barbara company that makes GoToMyPC and GoToAssist, in a cash-stock transaction valued at approximately $225 million.

The deal expands Citrix portfolio of offerings to the desktop in what Citrix officials are touting as a move that will allow the company to offer end-to-end access infrastructure solutions. Citrix currently provides server-based solutions, supporting more than 120,000 customers in a market it expects to grow to $8 to 10 billion within the next five years.

GoToMyPC is a popular tool among integrators and IT consultants providing remote support services. It allows trouble-shooters, administrators, and end-users to access remote desktop PCs via an Internet connection. Similarly, GoToAssist allows support technicians to provide online help-desk and call-center assistance, training and customer collaboration remotely via the Web.

"This acquisition extends our on-demand access value to include the applications and information that live on individual desktop PCs," said Mark Templeton, president and chief executive officer for Citrix. "Our customers will get scalable, secure and managed access solutions for even greater information security, employee productivity, and enterprise agility."

GoToMyPC is preconfigured with advanced encryption standards (AES) security, dual password requirements and end-to-end user authentication to securely access remote applications, even in the absence of a firewall.

GoToAssist, a Web-based software service uses a secure, permission-based scheme to allow trouble-shooters to share users' desktop PC screens.

Carol Ellison is editor of eWEEK.com's Mobile & Wireless Topic Center. She has authored whitepapers on wireless computing (two on network security–,Securing Wi-Fi Wireless Networks with Today's Technologies, Wi-Fi Protected Access: Strong, Standards-based Interoperable Security for Today's Wi-Fi Networks, and Wi-Fi Public Access: Enabling the future with public wireless networks.

Ms. Ellison served in senior and executive editorial positions for Ziff Davis Media and CMP Media. As an executive editor at Ziff Davis Media, she launched the networking track of The IT Insider Series, a newsletter/conference/Web site offering targeted to chief information officers and corporate directors of information technology. As senior editor at CMP Media's VARBusiness, she launched the Web site, VARBusiness University, an online professional resource center for value-added resellers of information technology.

Ms. Ellison has chaired numerous industry panels and has been quoted as a networking and educational technology expert in The New York Times, Newsday, The Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio's All Things Considered, CNN Headline News, WNBC and CNN/FN, as well as local and regional Comcast and Cablevision reports. Her articles have appeared in most major hi-tech publications and numerous newspapers and magazines, including The Washington Post and The Christian Science Monitor.

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