CloudMe

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CloudMe
Developer(s) CloudMe AB
Initial release April 2011
Stable release 1.7.1
Development status Active
Operating system Microsoft Windows
Mac OS 10.4 and later
Linux
iOS
Android
GoogleTV
Samsung Smart TV
Available in English, German, Spanish, Swedish
Type Online backup service
Web application
License Proprietary software (Windows, Mac and Linux clients)
Alexa rank negative increase 155,115 (February 2013)[1]
Website www.cloudme.com
CloudMe AB
Type Private
Founded 2012
Headquarters Linköping, Sweden
Key people Daniel Arthursson, Founder & CEO
Website [1]

CloudMe (formerly icloud) is a file storage service operated by CloudMe that offers cloud storage, file synchronization and client software. It features a blue folder that appears on all devices with the same content, all files are synchronized between devices. The CloudMe service is offered with a freemium business model and provides encrypted SSL connection with SSL Extended Validation Certificate. CloudMe provides client software for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Android, iOS, Google TV, Samsung Smart TV and web browsers.

As a cloud sync storage provider, CloudMe has a strong focus on the European market and differentiates itself from other storage providers with mobility and media features like Samsung SmartTV support.[2]

Recently Novell announced support for the CloudMe service in their Dynamic File Services Suite.[3] Novosoft Handy Backup version 7.3 also announced support for CloudMe.[4] There are many third party mobile apps and software available for CloudMe, many using the WebDAV support of CloudMe.[5]

History[edit]

CloudMe was founded by Daniel Arthursson in 2012 and is mainly owned by Xcerion. The company runs its own servers and operates from Sweden, European Union. In 2012 CloudMe received the Red Herring Top 100 Global[6][7][8] company, AlwaysON Global 250 award,[9][10][11] White Bull 2012 Yearling Award.[12]

Previously CloudMe.com was called iCloud.com, but the service changed name after Apple acquired the domain and trademark for a rumoured 4.5 million dollars.[13][14] For a while visitors to icloud.com were directed to cloudme.com.[15] After the name change, the former iCloud.com service was split into two companies and services, CloudMe for file sync and storage, and CloudTop as the virtual cloud desktop that previously was the main attraction of the iCloud.com service and included file storage.[16][17][18] Xcerion, the major owner of CloudMe and CloudTop initially gained an investment of $12 million to build the iCloud service.[19]

Using a SaaS model, the CloudMe service is provided in a free version (3 GB storage), a model often called freemium, and premium versions with either 25, 100 and 500 GB storage.[20] The closest competitor to CloudMe is Dropbox.[21]

Features[edit]

CloudMe features a Cloud storage and sync solution that allows the users to store, access and share their content, both with each other and with people outside the service. Sharing can be done by email, text messaging, Facebook and Google. Files can be stored in a blue folder, which is synchronized to all connected computers and devices.[22] A web desktop and cloud OS service called CloudTop.com is available that uses CloudMe as its internet file system.

Notable competitors[edit]

Headquarters[edit]

CloudMe AB is located on Drottninggatan 23 in Linköping, Sweden, European Union.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cloudme.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2013-02-03. 
  2. ^ "Is there room for another cloud storage company? CloudMe says 'yes.'". GigaOM. 
  3. ^ "Novell offers Dropbox and S3 cloud archiving". CloudPro. 
  4. ^ "Novosoft Handy Backup New Version, 7.3, with Support of WebDAV Software Features". CSO. 
  5. ^ "Enhance CloudMe with Apps". CloudMe. 
  6. ^ "27 Nordic startups on Red Herring's 2012 Top 100 Global Finalists". Silicon Vikings. 
  7. ^ "Red Herring Top 100 Global List". Red Herring. 
  8. ^ "Tio svenska företag på Red Herrings list". IDG. 
  9. ^ "CloudMe vinner utmärkelsen AlwaysOn Global 250 Private Company". Affärsliv, Corren. 
  10. ^ "CloudMe Selected as an AlwaysOn Global 250 Top Private Company Winner". Backup Review. 
  11. ^ "CloudMe Selected as an AlwaysOn Global 250 Top Private Company Winner". Globe News Wire. 
  12. ^ "Prisregn över svenska entreprenörer i Barcelona". IDG Computer Sweden. 
  13. ^ "Did Apple Buy iCloud.com For $4.5 Million?". TechCrunch. 
  14. ^ "Apple May Have Snapped Up iCloud.com". GigaOM. 
  15. ^ "Apple gains control of iCloud domain". CNet. 
  16. ^ "iCloud Adds Collaborative Features, But Browser Support Lacking". GigaOM. 
  17. ^ "Could a startup beat Microsoft and Google to market with a 'cloud OS'?". ZDNet. 
  18. ^ "CloudTop - The worlds leading WebOS". CloudTop. 
  19. ^ "Web-based OS could herald threat to Microsoft's dominance". VentureBeat. 
  20. ^ "CloudMe Pricing". CloudMe. 
  21. ^ "CloudMe Goes Head to Head with Dropbox as the European Alternative for Data Storage, Access, Sync and Share". Backup Review. 
  22. ^ "What is CloudMe?". CloudMe. 

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