Cloud Store Wars For SMBs-The Young Turks

in Cloud Computing, Mobile Computing

Earlier this week I looked at the more established cloud based share, sync n store services that are available to SMBs. Today I want to explore some of the newer services that have crept out of the primeval swamp that is cloud computing. Some services have security displayed in their shop window while others are selling their goods on the back of fairly large amounts of free storage space.


spideroak In the wake of Edward Snowden’s NSA disclosers a lot of people have shown an interest in SpiderOak which promotes its Zero Knowledge philosophy as a USP (unique selling point). ‘Zero-Knowledge’ privacy means the server never knows the plaintext contents of the data being stored. Your data is never at risk of being compromised or abused by internal threats or external hackers.

Most online storage systems only encrypt data in transit – meaning the data on the server is visible and potentially at risk. With SpiderOak, your data is fully encrypted end-to-end, and only you are able to unlock it using your password. Storing encrypted data only solves half the problem. If your password is stored alongside your data, then anyone with access to those servers can view your data. SpiderOak, boasts it never stores your password, which means your data is always private.

A quick look at SpiderOak’s structure too complicated and it’s 2gb free space isn’t overly generous compared to other services.  But if it is security you are wanting you can buy 100gb of space for $10 a month



If it is security and a generous chuck of free storage you are looking for then you need to check out Copy. Developed by Barracuda, already established as a backup and network security company, Copy gives you a healthy 15gb of free space which sits on Barracuda’s own servers, not farmed out to something like AWS, for example. For increased security, your data is protected by multiple layers of encryption, including top-secret grade AES 256, both during transfer and while at rest on Barracuda’s enterprise-class cloud storage.

Like most cloud storage services Copy requires a desktop app that you can drop data files into but other than the security aspects there isn’t a great deal here that stands out as a USP and marks it as different from other companies  but Guido Jansen really likes it so feel free to see his review here.

My own test drive showed it to be a simple to set up and robust service.

The original article did include Bitcasa but as a request to their tech support team has gone unanswered for more than a week, I feel they cannot be included as a trusty provider.


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