Panzura’s Global File System and SkyBridge awarded as finalists, proving seamless hybrid cloud technology is essential to Cloud VDI

CAMPBELL, CA. – May 18, 2015 — / — Panzura, leading the charge in removing the barrier to the cloud, was named a finalist in two categories for the 10th annual Best of Citrix Synergy 2015 awards. The company received recognition for its Global File System in Cloud Computing and SkyBridge in New Technology. The awards cover five categories within the virtualization market, including application and desktop virtualization, cloud infrastructure, enterprise mobility management, new technology and best of show.

The 2015 awards received more than 50 product nominations and recognized the most outstanding products on display at Citrix Synergy’s Solutions Expo. Vendors were evaluated by a team of independent judges, experts and editors from, a part of the TechTarget network. The products were reviewed based on innovation, value, performance, reliability and ease of use.

Panzura’s Global File System (GFS) connects users in different offices around the world and lets them collaborate like they’re in the same room on the same files and applications at the same time. It eliminates the “file open” problem for CAD or similar applications, giving users NAS-like performance at every office. It’s as fast as a local file server in every office, but users are all accessing the same files – no matter where they’re based. The Panzura GFS looks just like a global, locking Windows filer to users, but is backed by a central cloud repository and spans hundreds of sites. It’s simpler, faster and less expensive than putting traditional storage at each site and running WAN optimization over private networks.

Panzura SkyBridge transforms the cloud into an extension of your corporate datacenter. SkyBridge does this by co-locating a consistent, locking file system in the cloud that is identical to the file system in the corporate datacenter and eliminates networking challenges between the cloud and your corporate network. With SkyBridge, you don’t need to be a cloud expert. It automatically configures and launches storage, compute, applications and networking with one click. With SkyBridge, IT can quickly provision Citrix XenDesktop or XenApp in the cloud. Because all the file and application data are in available in the cloud (or in each office), there’s no need to tunnel back to the datacenter to access data.

“Our vision is to let customers use the cloud as an extension of their datacenter, but connecting your corporate infrastructure requires a PhD in cloud. Our technology makes it simple. Companies can configure and run virtual desktops or other applications in the cloud with a single click without any changes. It looks just like a part of their datacenter, but they get the economic and flexibility benefits of the cloud,” said Randy Chou, cofounder and CEO of Panzura. “We are honored that two of our products have been selected and recognized as finalists for the prestigious Best of Citrix Synergy 2015 awards.”

To learn more about how Panzura solved the challenges of connecting corporate infrastructure to the cloud, read our blog post on “Climbing All the Mountains.”

Products considered for the Best of Citrix Synergy 2015 awards are currently available, with the exception of the New Technology category, which includes products that are currently in demonstration. The list, along with information about each vendor is available online at

About Panzura
Panzura makes the cloud seamless by solving the last mile of hybrid cloud. By making the file system transparent across the cloud and corporate datacenters as well as eliminating the barriers of connectivity and authentication with the cloud, Panzura enables applications to run without a single change in the cloud, on-premises, or both.

Panzura transforms the cloud into another corporate datacenter, transparently blending the scale and economics of the cloud with the performance and flexibility of the corporate datacenter.

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Director of Product Marketing, Panzura
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