EMC acquires Syncplicity for cloud file management

The privately held company offers remote file access and synchronization for a range of devices including tablets

EMC has acquired Syncplicity, an enterprise file-management service provider, for an undisclosed sum.

The privately-held company offers cloud-based file management that lets enterprise users securely access and synchronize files and use applications on a variety of devices. EMC will bring Syncplicity into its Information Intelligence Group portfolio, according to a press release.

EMC plans to combine Syncplicity's file synchronization and sharing features with the governance capabilities of its own Documentum software. The acquisition will aid EMC's strategy of helping what it calls the "New User," who chooses a non-PC device, to work easily and securely with colleagues, the company said.

Syncplicity offers business and personal editions of its service, both of which are available in free and paid versions. Last year, the company announced file-sharing capabilities for smartphones and tablets based on the Android OS. The service for Android allows administrators to manage users from a central location and remotely wipe all the files from a device, among other capabilities.

Syncplicity is privately held and based in Mountain View, California. EMC is in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. The acquisition was announced at the EMC World event in Las Vegas, where the company also announced several product upgrades on Monday.

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