MGI METRO Group Information Technology Selects Accellion - Virtual Edition as FTP Replacement

Europe's Largest Commercial IT Group Reduces IT Administration with Accellion

Palo Alto, California – October 27, 2008 –


Accellion, Inc. ( a leading provider of managed file transfer solutions for enterprise users, today announced that MGI METRO Group Information Technology, has selected the Accellion Secure File Transfer solution — Virtual Edition to enable easy-to-use secure file transfer with greatly reduced IT support compared with FTP. The Accellion Secure File Transfer Solution was chosen as an FTP alternative for its security, reliability, ease of use, and VMWare-certified design to support large file transfer between company sites in 32 countries.

The Accellion secure file transfer solution — Virtual Edition is delivered in a VMware-certified virtual appliance format which enables rapid installation and deployment and takes advantage of virtual infrastructure benefits including reducing the cost and complexity of MGI's IT infrastructure. The Accellion Virtual Appliance has been easily integrated into the MGI virtualization initiative to increase business agility.

"Previously we used FTP for file transfer, because of our 5MB email size limitations, but this method for large file transfers was increasing IT administration and support," said MGI METRO Group Information Technology IT manager. "Until Accellion, we were bogged down dealing with file management issues. The Accellion solution has not only eliminated our FTP support issues but also significantly reduced the practice and expense of shipping large files on CDs via overnight courier. With Accellion, our users easily send files around the world with absolutely no trouble."

"We are delighted to have METRO Group as a customer and to easily integrate with their virtual infrastructure through the Accellion Virtual Appliance. We are committed to helping corporations streamline business operations by providing end users the file transfer functionality they need, and the simplicity they want, without creating additional work for IT departments," said Yorgen Edholm, Accellion president and CEO. "Accellion enables global business processes, with the required record-keeping to document conformance with security and compliance requirements."

About MGI


MGI METRO Group Information Technology with subsidiaries in Poland, Romania, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine is the national and international IT service provider for the companies of METRO Group. Its tasks include systems development and consulting (merchandise management, logistics, SAP, data warehousing, store automation, management information and archiving systems), the operation of computer centers, the provision of network services, optimization of IT purchases and the group-wide coordination of IT strategy.

MGI provides all companies of METRO Group with corporate infrastructures as a basis for communication and data transfer. For this purpose, MGI operates one of the largest European in-company networks that 80,000 mail users connect to in more than 2,000 corporate locations.


About Accellion
Accellion, Inc. is a profitable, well-funded, private company that provides enterprise-class mobile file sharing solutions to enable secure, anytime, anywhere access to information while ensuring enterprise security and compliance. More than 9 million users and 1,600 of the world’s leading corporations and government agencies including Procter & Gamble; Activision; Indiana University Health; Kaiser Permanente; Foley & Mansfield; Lovells; Bridgestone; Ogilvy & Mather; Harvard University; Guinness World Records; US Securities and Exchange Commission; and NASA use Accellion to protect intellectual property, ensure compliance, improve business productivity and reduce IT costs. Accellion file sharing solutions can be deployed on public, private and hybrid cloud environments and provide the ease-of-use business users need while giving the enterprise organization the flexibility, scalability and protection it needs. For more information please visit or call (650)-485-4300. Follow Accellion’s Blog, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.