Mobile, Consumers Drive New Cloud Offerings: Box, Dropbox and More

Aside from Box offering 50GB free storage for Android users until March 23, 2012, other cloud services are also kicking things up a notch.


The cloud storage Dropbox unveiled a new photo uploading feature for Android smartphones.  In just one click, photos taken using your Android smartphone are wirelessly uploaded into Dropbox, which can then be accessed from any computer or mobile device.  The only downside is, unlike Google’s Picasa, Dorpbox’s new feature doesn’t allow you to edit or manipulate the photo before uploading.

“Facebook tied your friends and your social graph into this ecosystem that offered all these services,” Dropbox CEO Drew Houston said. “We envision similar things with Dropbox.  It’s a major theme for us going forward this year.”

Microsoft SkyDrive

A recent post in Building Windows 8 details how SkyDrive will evolve with Windows 8 from a website today into a true device cloud for Windows customers.  Windows 8 developers focused on these three aspects: The SkyDrive Metro style app on Windows 8, SkyDrive files integrated into Windows Explorer on the desktop, and The ability to fetch remote files through

But the most interesting part of the post is found in the comments section when Mike Torres, SkyDrive Group Program Manager for devices and roaming, stated that SkyDrive won’t support PC-to-PC syncing without using the cloud.

We won’t be offering a way to sync between PCs without using the cloud as we’ve found that it adds complexity, said Torres.  Both technical complexity as well as, more importantly, complexity in the overall user model.  The SkyDrive model is really quite simple in that it’s “cloud-first” and not “cloud-optional” which means you no longer have to worry about the timing of various PCs being online to sync, or having files that are only available on PCs but not through or mobile devices.  Conflicts are far less likely as well since the cloud is always “online”.  The fetch feature addresses the need to “get back” to stuff that you haven’t put in SkyDrive yet.  There are tradeoffs either way, we realize that, but we decided to focus on a simple model and really work to get that right.

Dell Acquires AppAssure

Dell announced that it has acquired AppAssure, a global leader in complete application protection for virtual, physical and cloud infrastructures.  The acquisition is a key software buy for Dell and will enhance their storage and software portfolios, enabling them to offer backup and recovery software that protects a company’s entire application infrastructure.

“AppAssure’s unique architecture delivers innovative cloud-enabled backup and replication solutions that meet the challenges of protecting the explosive growth of data in both virtual and physical environments,” said Brad Anderson, president, Enterprise Solutions Group, Dell.

“At a practical level, AppAssure enables Dell customers to seamlessly move and replicate data across our existing platforms — from an EqualLogic array in a remote office to a Compellent array at a data recovery site.”

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Mellisa Tolentino

Staff Writer at SiliconANGLE
Mellisa Tolentino started at SiliconANGLE covering the mobile and social scene. Over the years, her scope expanded to Bitcoin as well as the Internet of Things. SiliconANGLE gave Mellisa her break in writing and it has been an adventure ever since. She’s from the sunny country of Philippines where people always greet you with the warmest smile. If she’s not busy writing, she loves reading, watching TV series and movies, but what she enjoys the most is playing or just chilling on the couch with with her three dogs Ceecee, Ginger, and Rocky.


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  1. Depending on whether you want to use DropBox for consumer or businesses purposes, it may or may not be right for you. For businesses in many regulated industries, DropBox is not compliant. Their website clearly states this:
    Dropbox Enterprise File Transfer from Thru is the secure solution for businesses and enterprises. Their solutions have been working for large businesses for ten years without a single security breach.

  2. Consumer dropbox solutions are convenient but lack necessary security for businesses and enterprises. Michael Osterman, President of Osterman Research, discusses this topic.
    Dropbox Enterprise File Transfer from Thru is the secure solution for businesses and enterprises. Their solutions have been working for large businesses for ten years without a single security breach.

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