Jungle Disk

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Jungle Disk
Developer(s) Jungle Disk, LLC
Initial release 2007
Operating system Windows / macOS / Linux
Available in English
Type Remote backup service
License Proprietary
Website www.jungledisk.com

Jungle Disk is both the name of an online backup software service and a privately held data security company with a suite of products that also includes a network protection service and email archiving. It was one of the first backup services to use cloud storage and Amazon S3.[1] In 2009 after being acquired by Rackspace the service added Rackspace Cloud Files. The name is a word association as the Amazon rainforest is a Jungle and Disk is a common shorthand for a hard disk drive.

Backup service overview[edit]

Jungle Disk backup is a monthly subscription software service that supports laptops, desktops, and servers for Microsoft Windows, macOS, and Linux operating systems. Data is backed up to an online disk using either a continuous backup (aka. sync) or scheduled to back up of selected files, folders, or a everything on a system. Data can be accessed from the software client, a web browser, or mobile devices running Android or iOS. It also provides a WebDAV server for integration with other applications. Customers can protect their data using AES-256 encryption with their own key so even Jungle Disk employees cannot access any records. Each subscription includes 10 gigabytes of storage with pay-as-you-go for additional data.[2]

History[edit]

Jungle Disk was founded in Atlanta by Dave Wright in 2006. On October 22, 2008, Jungle Disk entered into an agreement to be acquired by Rackspace Hosting, Inc. Rackspace purchased Jungle Disk in order to expand their cloud hosting services.[3] After the acquisition integration Dave left Rackspace to found SolidFire[4] and then Jungle Disk was relocated to San Antonio in 2010. The pace of development slowed down as Rackspace focused on its Cloud infrastructure software platform which became OpenStack.[5] In 2013, Rackspace revived Jungle Disk customer support going from ticket only service to include phone, chat and ticketing. On January 5, 2016, Jungle Disk spun out of Rackspace US, Inc. and is now a privately held company headquartered in San Antonio, TX.[6]

On December 5, 2017, Jungle Disk announced it acquired SafetyNet, the first backup for QuickBooks Online, from Jobber. [7]

On March 6, 2018, Jungle Disk announced it acquired TeamPassword[8], the password manager for connected teams, to simplify password management security. The addition of TeamPassword to the Jungle Disk product portfolio gives small businesses a data security tool to help generate secure unique passwords and share access to applications and services enabling users to be more productive during work collaboration.[9]

Funding[edit]

Jungle Disk raised $11 million in equity[10] in 2016 as part of the spin-off from Rackspace. Investors include a number of San Antonio family offices.[11]

On January 18th, 2017 Jungle Disk announced it tripled its growth capital through additional funding from existing investors.[12]

Awards and honors[edit]

On December 7, 2016 Jungle Disk won the Tech-onomic Impact Award in the 2016 Tech Titans Awards presented by the San Antonio Business Journal.[13]

On January 31, 2017, Jungle Disk was named one of ten finalists in 'The Best Cloud Storage and File Sharing Providers for Businesses in 2017' by PC Magazine.[14]

In March 2017, Jungle Disk was named a 'Top 10 Cloud Storage Solution Provider' by Cloud Technology Insights.[15]

On May 23, 2017, Jungle Disk was named one of five finalists in the 'Best Cloud Backup Services for Businesses' by PC Magazine and tied for second on scoring while having the most affordable price by a large margin.[16]

On May 11, 2018, Jungle Disk was named one of Lifewire's list of 21 Online Backup Services.[17]

Criticism[edit]

The Jungle Disk client software did not receive an update from 2012-2014 and then while part of the Cloud Office [18] portfolio a new version was released in December 2015.[19]

On June 3, 2011, Colin Percival, owner of Tarsnap[20] (a competitor of Jungle Disk), identified two potential weaknesses in Jungle Disk's security:[21]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kirkpatrick, Marshall. "Amazon releases early info on S3 storage use". TechCrunch. 
  2. ^ Daniel Brame. "Jungle Disk Review". PCMag. Ziff Davis. 
  3. ^ Kincaid, Jason (2008-10-22). "Rackspace Acquires JungleDisk, Slicehost To Take On Amazon Web Services". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2016-02-25. 
  4. ^ Ludwig, Sean (2011-10-31). "SolidFire raises $25M to boost cloud provider agility and performance". VentureBeat. Retrieved 2016-12-29. 
  5. ^ Hickey, Andrew (2010-07-19). "Rackspace, NASA Open Up Cloud Computing With OpenStack Project". CRN. Retrieved 2016-12-29. 
  6. ^ Mosbrucker, Kristen (2016-01-15). "Cloud startup JungleDisk CEO Bret Piatt makes company independent of Rackspace Hosting Inc. in 2016 - San Antonio Business Journal". San Antonio Business Journal. Retrieved 2016-02-25. 
  7. ^ "Jungle Disk Acquires SafetyNet Backup for QuickBooks Online". BusinessWire. 2017-12-05. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  8. ^ TeamPassword. 2018-05-24 https://www.teampassword.com/. Retrieved 2018-05-24.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ "Jungle Disk Acquires TeamPassword to Expand Data Security Suite". BusinessWire. 2018-03-06. Retrieved 2018-05-24. 
  10. ^ "SEC FORM D". Securities and Exchange Commission. Retrieved 2016-12-29. 
  11. ^ Mosbrucker, Kristen (2016-01-21). "The cost of freedom for one SA tech company had a multimillion-dollar price tag". San Antonio Business Journal. Retrieved 2016-12-29. 
  12. ^ "Jungle Disk Triples Growth Capital with Investor Funding". BusinessWire. 2017-01-18. Retrieved 2017-05-30. 
  13. ^ "2016 Tech Titans Awards - Finalists and Winners". San Antonio Business Journal. 2016-12-07. Retrieved 2016-12-29. 
  14. ^ Brame, Daniel (2017-01-31). "The Best Cloud Storage and File Sharing Providers for Businesses in 2017". PCMag. Retrieved 2017-05-30. 
  15. ^ "2016 Tech Titans Awards - Finalists and Winners". San Antonio Business Journal. 2017-03-01. Retrieved 2017-05-30. 
  16. ^ Brame, Daniel (2017-05-23). "Best Cloud Backup Services for Businesses". PCMag. Retrieved 2017-05-30. 
  17. ^ Fisher, Tim (2018-05-11). "21 Online Backup Services Reviewed, Reviews of the Best Online Backup Services". Lifewire. Retrieved 2018-05-24. 
  18. ^ "Rackspace Cloud Office". 
  19. ^ Dunn, Wes (2015-12-03). "Introducing Jungle Disk Server Edition version 3.18 for Windows | The Jungle Disk Blog". www.jungledisk.com. Retrieved 2016-02-25. 
  20. ^ "Tarsnap - About". www.tarsnap.com. Retrieved 2016-02-25. 
  21. ^ Colin Percival. "Insecurity in the Jungle (disk)". 
  22. ^ "If the people running the underlying storage service (Amazon S3 or Rackspace Cloud Files) know the contents of a file stored via Jungle Disk, they could transform it into anything they want — planting files which are dangerous (e.g., viruses) or even illegal (e.g., child pornography). " Percival 2011

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