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shakeThe Attachmate Group a privately-held software holding company owned by an investment group led by Francisco Partners, Golden Gate Capital, Elliott Management and Thoma Bravo, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to merge with Micro Focus. The transaction is expected to close on November 3, 2014. It is subject to customary closing conditions, including Micro Focus shareholder approvals and regulatory approvals under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act.

The Attachmate Group and Micro Focus are two well-established enterprise software companies with distinguished track records in helping organizations maximize the value of their IT infrastructure software. The resulting global entity will operate in all significant international markets, have $1.4B in annual revenue and deliver market-leading products in many technology segments and capabilities across the full end-to-end software stack of infrastructure software.

“This merger between the Attachmate Group and Micro Focus will result in a greater breadth of solutions, extensive global presence and significant financial strength,” said Jeff Hawn, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Attachmate Group. “The combined company will be even better able to help customers address their business and IT challenges in light of increasing complexity, change and risk.”

The Attachmate Group brands – Attachmate, NetIQ, Novell and SUSE – offer a broad range of complementary solutions spanning IT operations management; Linux and open source solutions; file and networking services, collaboration and endpoint management; host connectivity and legacy modernization; identity and access management and security; workload management and cloud computing; and more.

“This is an exciting time for the Attachmate Group and Micro Focus organizations, our customer bases, shareholders and employees,” said Kevin Loosemore, Executive Chairman, Micro Focus. “We have tremendous respect for the Attachmate Group and its portfolio of software brands. The scale and depth of these businesses will further our mission of helping customers both preserve business logic and data while exploiting cloud, mobility and other IT trends on a global basis.”

About Micro Focus
Micro Focus, a member of the FTSE 250, provides innovative software that allows companies to dramatically improve the business value of their enterprise applications. Micro Focus Enterprise Application Modernization, Testing and Management software enables customers’ business applications to respond rapidly to market changes and embrace modern architectures with reduced cost and risk. For additional information please visit www.microfocus.com.

About The Attachmate Group
Headquartered in Houston, Texas, The Attachmate Group is a privately-held software holding company, comprising distinct IT brands dedicated to the long-term success of our customers. We deliver enterprise solutions to extend, manage and secure increasingly complex IT environments. Principal holdings includeAttachmateNetIQNovell and SUSE.

Copyright© 2014 The Attachmate Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Attachmate and the Attachmate logo are registered trademarks of the Attachmate Corporation. NetIQ and the NetIQ logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of NetIQ Corporation. Novell, the Novell logo, SUSE and the SUSE logo are registered trademarks of Novell, Inc. All other trademarks, trade names, or company names referenced herein are used for identification only and are the property of their respective owners.

See the full press release here: https://www.attachmate.com/company/news/press/2014/the-attachmate-group-enters-into-agreement-to-merge-with-micro-focus.html

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profile Applications like Google Drive, Box, and Dropbox combine an intuitive look and feel with convenient, cross-platform compatibility. Users can access files from any device, 24/7, which makes the apps great for small business and personal use.

But for large organizations with a need for top-notch data security, the same applications present a dilemma. With growing frequency, employees are using them to share files with or without company authorization. At the same time, the platforms don’t offer sufficient protection for sensitive company intelligence or client data.

For enterprises, this situation raises a critical question: how can you provide your users an interface that helps them stay productive, but also keeps your data out of the public cloud?

We’re about to show you a way to achieve both. But first, let’s examine some of the business drivers behind end user reliance on file sync-and-share applications in the public cloud.

Why users turn to the public cloud

It’s a reality of business in 2014: management faces enormous pressure from customers and partners to perform with increasing speed and agility. For end users, that translates into “get more done with fewer tools and less support.”

What’s a marketing associate to do when it’s 7:00 PM on Monday and her latest project, which remains unfinished, is due at 8:00 AM the following morning? It’s well past time to leave the office, so she decides to complete the work at home. How does she do it? She uploads the production file to Google Drive so she can pull it up on her personal device later.

For this user, Google Drive offers a simple fix to a difficult business challenge. She’s not deliberately trying to jeopardize company data – and, in this case, her project probably isn’t all that sensitive – but she might still be violating company policy, whether unwittingly or not. And what if she was working with sensitive data, like client financials or unreleased product sheets? The consequences of a data breach could affect the company’s bottom line.

As this example illustrates, users turn to the public cloud because it helps them get their work done. If an employer’s tools don’t give them the same convenience and flexibility, they’ll take matters into their own hands.

Same time-saving tools, lower risk exposure

For IT managers looking to reduce the likelihood of the above scenario, the most promising solution involves three critical steps:

  1. Establish procedures for syncing and sharing of company files; these procedures would, of course, disallow file transfers that use the public cloud.
  2. Provide users with the same convenient, easy-to-use functionality they enjoy with apps like Dropbox and Google Drive.
  3. Deliver that functionality on servers the company controls – in other words, an on premise solution with no exposure to the public cloud.

With applications like Novell Filr, enterprises can deliver a file sync-and-share experience that’s identical, if not better, than what users enjoy with consumer-grade cloud services. They’ll get shared network folders they can access from any device. The difference – and it’s a big one – is that the files reside on company servers, not in the public cloud where they’re subject to unauthorized access.

The way users see it, free cloud apps offer a convenient workaround when they’re faced with outdated or limited support from enterprise software systems. However, for IT and management, those “free” tools present a potentially devastating security risk. Exploring new ways to align user needs, modern productivity tools, and your organization’s security imperatives is a compelling business challenge.

Thankfully, it’s an eminently solvable one, too.

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