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This will be the first in a series of aggregated news and information about the rapidly evolving cloud storage market. Got cloud storage news? Tweet it to @cloudblog!
Microsoft Launches Windows Azure Drive – previously (and suspiciously) code-named “Xdrive,” Microsoft has pushed an NTFS-formatted virtual hard drive service into a wider CTP. According to Windows Azure Storage Architect Brad Calder, users will be able to run applications in the cloud…
Carbonite Reaches Out to Small Business – The consumer online backup tool finally unwraps a long awaited business program, Carbonite Pro, offering backup storage at $0.50 per GB per month. The storage pricing matches the MozyPro offer, but the Boston-based firm has upped the ante by removing per device licensing fees.
Zumodrive and HP Link Up for CloudDrive – Following the Upline debacle, HP has dipped its toe back in the cloud storage water by offering the CloudDrive service on netbooks, powered by tiny Zumodrive. The aforementioned platform has been lauded for their unique approach to desktop integration, and the ease of use in accessing the cloud via native applications, such as iTunes. Expect the other OEMs to quickly follow suit. iPadDrive, anyone?
Box.net Offers Cloud-based Content Management – Along with the exposure of an online document viewer, Box.net now claims an edge over Microsoft Sharepoint.
Today we’re examining two new cloud storage players, each with their own take on what features users really want from the cloud.
The first is ZumoDrive. ZumoDrive is using a combination of the cloud and a drive on your device to give you a more transparent experience for your netbook and iPhone. It’s not synching so your files feel and act local.
Its lets you put any amount of media from your Mac or PC onto your iPhone. It’s in the App Store now. Here’s a link to yesterday’s press announcement.
The second is a company called Attassa, and they are focused on managing email via Outlook. Attassa claims to makes it easy. If you lose the data on your computer or just need to move your email to a new one, they promote one-click “Restore” to get you back up and running. The company plans to continue improving the email experience overall will soon release a service making your entire email archive easier to access and navigate from your mobile device.
We will review both services and ultimately add them to the directory.
As happens once every few months, the Gdrive rumor mill began to churn again today. This time a blogger at Search Engine Land (SEL) declared “It’s Alive”, based largely on a pretty vague comment made by Gmail Product Manager Todd Jackson in an interview with CNET.
Our take? This is a pretty big leap. The comment Jackson made could simply mean tighter integration with Google Docs and a larger file size limit. Either way, Google is scaling back its new product development so it is unclear how these goals fit into their product road map. Based partly on the research that suggests that users aren’t fully comfortable with the ad-supported services for their personal files, we think this could produce a very interesting delineation.
Two mainstays of the cloud storage space have recently made disturbing announcements. First, TheLinkup (formerly known as Streamload and then MediaMax, and often confused for sister company Nirvanix) is now gone. They suffered a catastrophic data loss when transitioning to the Nirvanix backend and apparently were not able to recover.
On the heels of this disaster, it was leaked that AOL will be shuttering or selling Xdrive. This is not nearly as alarming, as there is still every incentive for AOL to find a good home for the Xdrive users and there are a number of potential buyers.
What do you think these stories mean for cloud storage?