Citrix has confirmed the purchase of privately held German software-as-a-service (SaaS) vendor Netviewer for an undisclosed sum.
Netviewer specialises in desktop sharing and remote access to PCs, and has around 18,000 customers in Europe with a strong UK presence.
The acquisition will give Citrix an import inroad into the European markets, and Netviewer's product will be absorbed into Citrix Online.
"Our customers will benefit from our combined resources through greater innovation and faster time to market," said Robert Gratzl, general manager for Citrix Online in EMEA.
The deal will be completed in the new year, and Netviewer's offices will act a local hub for Citrix Online. The company has not said how many of the 500 Netviewer staff will be retained.
Citrix announced a major push into the cloud computing and web conferencing arenas in October and, while integrating Netviewer's technology may be an issue for Citrix, the customer base and sales network will be an important asset.
"SaaS-based collaboration and IT services have been key to our growth. We believe there is even more opportunity ahead as the global market matures and customers look for a strong, experienced partner," said Brett Caine, senior vice president of online services at Citrix.
"With the acquisition of a company that shares our vision, we will continue to execute on our strategy for global expansion and accelerated growth by delivering products that offer a simpler, better experience to enable customers to succeed."
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