Here at Bitcasa we’ll tout the benefits of cloud storage to whomever will listen. We’re convinced that devices alone won’t be able to handle the explosion of digital content that’s happening around us.
It seems we’re not alone in our love of the cloud. Developer Brian Schwartz is such a strong believer in cloud storage that he created an app to help businesses and individuals use the cloud without the headaches that come with some cloud storage platforms. Brian started working on the new app, Airbox, in late 2014 after working for two years building security and compliance solutions for businesses using Dropbox. During that time, he noticed most businesses were experiencing the same few problems with adopting cloud storage:
- The lack of interoperability among providers. “Your business just adopted Dropbox, but your accountant adopted Box, so you still need to regularly, or permanently, fall back to email for sharing files,” Brian said.
- People using multiple cloud storage accounts. While a business might have officially adopted Box, many of its internal teams might still prefer DropBox, and have Google Docs on Google Drive. This fragmentation is impossible to manage.
- Cloud storage accounts are too large for computers to sync. Often employees find themselves constantly running out of local disk space trying to sync their computers to the company’s 1 terabyte business cloud storage account. And this only gets worse as the company accumulates more and larger files.
Airbox, which Brian developed on Bitcasa’s CloudFS, fixes all of those problems. It enables you to sync and share all of your data with anyone on the cloud – whether they have Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, any other provider, or no provider at all.. From a single folder on your computer, you can access all of your files across all of your cloud accounts. And you can stream that data on demand, which means minimal local disk space is used.
“Most people have yet to adopt cloud storage, and Airbox needed a way to enable your business to share and sync with them,” Brian said. “Bitcasa’s CloudFS APIs enabled Airbox to instantly have the cloud storage functionality needed to achieve this goal. We previously tried giving out Airbox-managed Box, Dropbox, Google Drive accounts. But the lack of flexibility on how these accounts could be managed made it impossible to integrate seamlessly.” Brian said Bitcasa’s CloudFS API solution gave him back the control he wanted to build the app the way he envisioned it. It was the only white-label cloud storage solution out there.
Airbox plans to launch a private beta for the iOS app this summer and will launch a Web app in Fall 2015.