ElephantDrive

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ElephantDrive
ElephantDrive Logo 3d.png
Developer(s) ElephantDrive Inc.
Initial release April 2006
Operating system Windows: Vista, XP, 7, 2000 / Mac: OS X 10.4 and up
Available in English
License Proprietary
Website

www.elephantdrive.com

= www.ukclouddrive.net

ElephantDrive is a storage virtualization service used primarily as an online backup tool,[1][2][3] but also as a remote access service/collaboration tool.[4] The service runs on both Windows and Mac platforms, and allows users to create simple automated rules for protecting data by moving it into an ElephantDrive account.

Architecture[edit]

ElephantDrive makes use of infrastructure-on-demand as part of its architecture, and is one of the first and most popular examples of the applications built on Amazon's S3 (Simple Storage Service).[5] ElephantDrive initially utilized Amazon S3 as a tool for a datacenter migration, but quickly moved it into the production infrastructure.[6]

History[edit]

ElephantDrive's first major breakthrough came in conjunction with the 2008 closing of early cloud storage provider and AOL property Xdrive when the service offered a free tool for migrating files off of the Xdrive platform,[7] simplifying the process of switching providers.[8]

The company then turned its focus to the Network Attached Storage (NAS) space, designing and deploying cloud storage optimized to run natively on NAS devices in a series of partnerships with the hardware makers themselves. The initial partnership was with NETGEAR's storage product line of ReadyNAS systems in the form of a co-branded embedded cloud backup service called the "ReadyNAS Vault."[9][10] Additional cloud storage for NAS integration were launched with hardware makers QNAP[11] and Thecus,[12] both of which opted to use the ElephantDrive brand, as opposed to "Vault" co-branding.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Waring, Becky. "Choose The Right Backup for Your Business". Business Center. PC World. 
  2. ^ Aarons, Asa (2007-11-19). "Online & flash-drive storage backs up disaster 'grab box'". Ask Asa. New York: NY Daily News. 
  3. ^ Puri, Vivek. "Online Storage Innovator". StartUpSquad. 
  4. ^ Iskold, Alex. "Software for Virtual Teams". ReadWriteWeb. 
  5. ^ Kirkpatrick, Marshall. "Amazon releases early info on S3 storage use". TechCrunch. 
  6. ^ "Success Story: ElephantDrive". Amazon Web Services Success Stories. Amazon. 
  7. ^ Kuo, Benjamin. "ElephantDrive Targets Xdrive Users". SoCal Tech. 
  8. ^ Marks, Howard. "Elephant Drive Best Bet For Xdrive Users". Information Week. 
  9. ^ Kuo, Benjamin. "ElephantDrive Scores Win At Netgear". SoCal Tech. 
  10. ^ Komiega, Kevin. "Netgear launches NAS with cloud option". InfoStor. 
  11. ^ "Cloud Storage Backup: ElephantDrive". QNAP Solutions. QNAP. 
  12. ^ "Thecus Releases a New Module: ElephantDrive". Thecus Press Room. Thecus. 

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