NetApp buys mobile app management company ionGrid

by David Needle

February 14 2013

ionGrid, founded in 2010 with a focus on making tablets more secure and productive for enterprise users, has been bought by its Silicon Valley neighbor, storage and data management firm NetApp.

ionGrid founder and CEO Nick Triantos said the move fits with the company’s long term strategic financing plan to ramp up operations to meet the growing demand for its products. Terms of the deal were not announced.

NetApp is one of the most successful growth companies in Silicon Valley history and it has proven methodologies for balancing innovation with customer service," Triantos said in a blog post. "We are looking forward to the support structure this multinational organization will provide us, so we can accelerate our product roadmap in order to provide more value to our customers in the coming years."

(The ionGrid CEO will be speaking at next week’s Tablet Strategy West conference in San Francisco (Wednesday, February 20) on how tablets are empowering mobile workers).

Over the past two years Triantos says ionGrid customers have helped the company identify significant shortcomings in the enterprise that needed to be solved to satisfy users and maintain consistent security and compliance standards. These include:

  • User authentication, without replicating user logins to the cloud
  • Secure data transport, to better combat the modern internet and the cyberwarfare that seems to be upon us
  • Provisioning access to enterprise content and applications behind the firewall
  • Policy control flexibility

"As we move forward, I'm confident that being part of the NetApp team will help us build a world-class solution that delights our customers," he said.

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