Collaboration software provider Zimbra announced on Tuesday that it has acquired a Houston-based software company, Mezeo, that provides secure file sharing and cloud storage services. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Founded in 2008, Mezeo’s clients include service providers, governments and enterprises. Its products include MezeoCloud, a cloud storage middleware solution, and MezeoFile, which enables users to add a private file sync-and-share service to their MezeoCloud.
While consumer-led cloud storage providers like Box and Dropbox have come out with versions for business users, Mezeo offers solutions exclusively for enterprise and service provider customers. This expertise ensures that its customers’ compliance concerns are addressed.
Zimbra said that Mezeo’s strong technology portfolio will expand its unified collaboration suite with file-sync-and-share. Mezeo also has a portfolio of patents that cover aspects of storage efficiency and file security.
“Secure file-sync-and-share is critical for today’s users, and it’s one of the capabilities Zimbra customers request most often,” Patrick Brandt, CEO of Zimbra said. “With the acquisition of Mezeo, we are expanding our product offering to now include user-friendly file-sync-and-share, while also enabling complete control over data, which provides tremendous value to our customers and partners worldwide.”
The acquisition of Mezeo comes a year after Zimbra itself was acquired by Telligent from VMware.
According to the announcement, Mezeo’s employees will join the Zimbra team. Mezeo software will continue to be made available on-premise and in the cloud through its network of service provider partners.
“Today’s service providers demand capabilities that are secure and private, but which also integrate into existing systems, applications and processes,” John Eastman, CTO of Mezeo, said. “That’s why we built our solutions to fight loss of control and business data leaks. Our features and benefits complement Zimbra’s approach to security and privacy, and together we will enable Zimbra’s customers and partners to launch new file-sync-and-share functionality quickly and securely.”
Earlier this week, Amazon Web Services launched a business collaboration service, called Zocalo. The service allows individuals in a company to easily share documents in the cloud while offering more control for IT administrators.