Cleo Communications Partners with Thru to Offer Best-in-Breed Solutions for Advanced Managed File Transfer with Full-Featured Ad Hoc Capabilities

Together, Cleo and Thru Support A2A, B2B, SOA, Cloud and Ad Hoc

LOVES PARK, IL and IRVING, TX, June 14, 2011 – Cleo Communications, leading provider of secure enterprise managed file transfer (MFT) solutions and, Thru™, Inc., the leading provider of globally networked enterprise cloud-based managed file transfer platform as a service (MFT PaaS), today announced their newly-formed partnership. With both parties driven to find market-leading feature sets to enhance their current file transfer offerings, the pairing of two best-in-breed solutions was an ideal way to offer their respective customers more.  This joint effort is further supported by Gartner in a  report entitled Predicts 2011: Application integration: A Nimble Veteran of IT, Nov. 23, 2010, which states that “by 2015, 40% of integration projects involving application-to-application (A2A), B2B, MFT and cloud services will be implementing with one IT solution.”

The Cleo-Thru partnership brings with it the most flexible options on the market for enterprises of all sizes looking to secure and manage their file transfers. Thru will offer Cleo’s best-in-breed managed file transfer solution, VLTrader as a hosted solution alongside their existing cloud-based offerings. In turn, Cleo will offer Thru’s best-in-breed ad hoc capabilities as an add-on to both existing and new VLTrader customers with on-premise installations. This joint effort supports A2A and SOA, and gives enterprise customers the flexibility to choose the best infrastructure to support their changing business needs by leveraging the strengths of both partners’ experience.

What Gartner Says

“Organizations who are consolidating file transfer solutions are looking for solutions that support a wide range of use scenarios, including A2A, SOA, B2B, cloud and ad hoc Managed File Transfer while also providing the same level of security, compliance, and functionality across all use scenarios,” said Thomas Skybakmoen, Sr. Research Analyst Gartner.

What Cleo Says

“This partnership gives us the opportunity to offer our customers more flexibility in VLTrader. And not just more from anyone, but more from a tried and trusted, best-in-breed solution that is a natural addition to our current offering. As an AS2 Leader with a dominant history in secure EDI and B2B communications, Cleo brings to the table more than 30 years of expertise that is apparent in the power of the Cleo solutions. We pride ourselves on offering our customers the best secure and managed file transfer solutions on the market. Thru’s ad hoc capabilities combined with those in VLTrader put us in an advantageous position to offer the most advanced, easy to use and full-featured enterprise MFT solution available.” – Todd Enneking, Vice President of Business Development, Cleo

For Cleo, this is another testament to the truly flexible, advanced managed file transfer capabilities of VLTrader and commitment to demand-driven enhancements. For Thru, this solidifies the position of a comprehensive, secure file transfer hosted solution. These combined market-leading solutions will make a powerful impact on the MFT market.

What Thru Says

“Cleo’s steady-handed approach is without rival and we have long admired them as the unquestioned leader in premised-based B2B solutions,” said Lee Harrison, CEO of Thru. “As Thru proudly marks our 10 years of building what the analysts dub a ‘best-of-breed’ platform as a service, this agreement gives us the ability to continue to offer our customers unequaled service offerings of both Cleo and Thru.  Customers who require unobstructed visibility to all file transfers, A2A, B2B, ad hoc, cloud or premised- based will benefit from combined current and future joint offerings. Thru’s accelerated global network is now available to Cleo’s VLTrader community for faster large load global communications projects. Thru and Cleo are truly a dynamic duo!”

Best-in-breed solutions. Flexible offerings. Dedication to securing enterprise file transfers. Cleo and Thru allow enterprises to take control of various methods of file transfer, gain visibility to all sensitive, mission-critical and ad hoc files transfers and bring peace of mind to those responsible for information security and compliance.

About Cleo

Cleo Communications provides proven, secure, advanced software solutions to companies that have enterprise-wide managed file transfer needs.  Powerful, easy-to-use software helps clients secure, manage and consolidate data while meeting the most comprehensive requirements of multiprotocol communications. VLTrader, Cleo’s flagship managed file transfer solution, helps businesses across numerous vertical industries save money, optimize IT resources, consolidate communications, streamline workflows, control ad hoc communications and meet both SLAs and regulatory compliance mandates. Comprehensive reporting keeps customers in the know. With over 30 years of EDI experience and the leader in AS2 communications, Cleo solutions are customer and partner-ready to help move businesses forward today. Find out more at

About Thru

Thru, Inc., the leading cloud-based enterprise Managed File Transfer Platform as a Service (MFTPaaS), moves extremely large files with no downtime. Files go rapidly and efficiently, whether across the street or around the globe and without the tremendous IT overhead of deploying and managing global server farms and high-bandwidth internet connections. Thru was named a ‘Cool Vendor’ by Gartner, Inc., in the Cool Vendors in Platforms as a Service 2011 report, April 7, 2011.

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