Cloud Storage is relatively new, right?
Not exactly. The buzzword “Cloud Storage” is new, but FilesAnywhere.com has been doing it well over a decade.
Web-based file storage is about as new as consumer CD burners – it’s been around since before the dot com crash of 2000. The majority of web users have only been taking advantage of online storage services the past few years. A whole new generation has integrated the web with their lives. The rest have embraced the web as a vital utility.
But if you’ve been on the web for the past 10 years, then you may know that dozens of popular cloud storage companies have already come and gone, even before the term “cloud storage” came about.
What if that promising new storage company you chose suddenly closes? It happens with alarming regularity. More storage services will close their doors this year, and next year, as well-intentioned, often well-funded startups, continue to spend their VC investment dollars dry. Examples…
Yahoo – yes, the monstrous Yahoo! – had a popular online service called Yahoo! Briefcase. As demand grew for their service, bandwidth started increasing, and more users flocked to their free storage, they realized that staying in business was no longer financially viable. Yahoo finally slammed their Briefcase service shut, and a massive number of free users were left out in the cold. Briefcase Shuts
The last time BeInSync posted on their blog was in 2006. These services could have housed your files. Now, I’m sure they gave their users a warning to download their data, as Briefcase did, but who wants to go through that?
EMC, the “experts”, once had a glorified Atmos Online Storage – they pulled the ripcord last year. Now the EMC Atmos online storage service is no more. Will EMC do it again?
Microsoft shut down its popular “Live Mesh” service and quickly became a live mess.
HP had the new jazzy-looking “Upline” online storage service. Bye, bye. All gone now. “HP continually evaluates product lines…”
HP shuts down Upline online storage service
Frankly, at FilesAnywhere we have lost count of how many of our competitors bit the dust due to “funding difficulties”. We are just too busy now delivering a high-quality, sustainable service to spend the time keeping track of the latest heavily-leveraged startup or all of the latest storage service closures this year.
Which brings me to the main point:
FilesAnywhere.com is now the longest-running full-featured Internet storage service. The company, Officeware Corporation, was launched in 1995. FilesAnywhere.com went live and was signing up its first storage subscriptions on July 4, 1999. Since the 1990′s, FilesAnywhere has continued to build a very loyal following, growing steadily and without missing a beat since it opened way back in 1999!
Here are some of the web storage companies that have tried and gone bust, at least the ones we have made a note of. Do you know of others? If available, a link explaining their demise is included:
- HP Upline
- EMC Atmos Storage
- Microsoft Windows Live Mesh beta
Drop.io saw a quick rise to popularity in recent years, but it is also the most recent to shut down. The technology was bought up by Facebook, but not the current consumer-used service. On their still-existent blog, they informed their customers plainly to, “Please download your information before Dec. 15 – we plan to delete it after that time.”
Other well-known cloud sync services offer less in features, but give what they have for free – the model is unsustainable. This is the primary reason why most companies in the above list are no longer in existence. Their founders may have the passion, and they may be great at raising cash to fund their first few years of expansion, but companies need to make sure over all else that they can continue to support their growing user base with a stable, scalable infrastructure and sustainable business model. That’s exactly what FilesAnywhere has done so well since 1999.
Here is a final utterance in the form of a tweet from AllMyData just last year as they were going under: “The company ran into funding difficulties and will be shutting down. We are trying to restore data access so people can download.” Scary, right? There goes all your family pictures, your project folders, special video creations, email backups, and critical legal docs – in other words, say goodbye to All Your Data!
FilesAnywhere.com continues to grow and prosper. By putting the customer first, and anticipating what customers truly need. By operating our business with integrity, sound business practices, minimal debt, with a profitable business model. By providing an excellent service that is worth paying for. That is how we will continue to operate a stable service and continue growing during the next 12 years.
When choosing a cloud storage service, be sure to research the company’s history, its finances, its focus on file storage, and understand the risks that come with any company that bases their future on the latest promotional campaigns, short-term success, and successive rounds of investor funding to stay afloat.
Often imitated, but never equaled. FilesAnywhere is the survivor.
Save yourself the research time, and the risk of using another service. Simply choose the one and only FilesAnywhere.com