June 13, 2012

Announcing: SpiderOak Blue OpenLicense

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Yesterday, we announced the world’s first truly private cloud storage system designed for institutional use – SpiderOak Blue OpenLicense (OL). Our enterprise customers are growing and one exciting trend is the increasing number of colleges and universities needing to fully manage the data of their faculty, staff and students. Now, University IT departments can easily deploy a cloud-based backup – sync – share product, centrally manage accounts, and keep ‘Zero-Knowledge’ privacy intact.

Validating this need is Richard Stiennon, Chief Research Analyst at IT-Harvest. “Universities are a major adopter of cloud-based technologies because they have an inherent need to store a tremendous amount of data,” said Stiennon. “Because of the high value of the intellectual property being stored on their private clouds — as well as the potential for this data to be subpoenaed under federal law — universities need to consider a cloud provider which can off-set that responsibility and assure their students complete privacy and transparency. This can only be assured within a ‘Zero-Knowledge’ environment.”

In addition to the functional benefits SpiderOak Blue OL provides, we can extend learning institutions a significant labor-saving solution. Rather than procuring and allocating additional storage hardware, colleges and universities can seamlessly create and remove storage space on an as-needed basis. This allows for an easy transition for outgoing seniors whereby they graduate into a standalone SpiderOak account and are able to manage their own storage needs.

No matter what phase of learning or degree of pursuit, it’s always satisfying to hear from happy students such as Ross Mounce, PhD Student & Panton Fellow at the University of Bath, United Kingdom. “SpiderOak is great for research data management. The ‘Zero-Knowledge’ privacy client-side data encryption provides far better security than Dropbox, whilst maintaining excellent ease of use and cross-platform syncing.”