SOURCE: SpiderOak


June 12, 2012 06:00 ET

SpiderOak Announces First Completely Private Cloud Solution for Colleges and Universities

SpiderOak Blue OL Enables Institutions of Higher Learning to Harness the Cloud in a 'Zero Knowledge' Privacy Environment

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Jun 12, 2012) - SpiderOak, the 'zero-knowledge' cloud backup, sync and sharing environment, today announced the launch of SpiderOak Blue OpenLicense (OL), an integrated cloud solution specifically designed for colleges and universities. With SpiderOak Blue OL, institutions of higher learning can enjoy all the benefits of cloud technologies without compromising user privacy.

The world's first truly private cloud storage system designed for institutional use, SpiderOak Blue OL enables colleges and universities to fully manage all user accounts while remaining blind to the content. For the first time ever, university IT departments can easily deploy a cloud-based backup - sync - share product, centrally manage accounts, and keep complete 'zero-knowledge' privacy intact.

Rather than procuring and allocating additional storage hardware for students, faculty and staff, universities can seamlessly create and remove storage space on an as-needed basis. This is a significant labor-saving solution for complex data management periods, such as when freshmen enter the system. Furthermore, SpiderOak offers an easy transition for outgoing seniors whereby they graduate into a standalone SpiderOak account and are able to manage their own storage needs.

For additional flexibility, SpiderOak can be fully deployed behind a university firewall or private-cloud -- utilizing existing on-premise storage solutions already in place.

"For academics who want to take advantage of the cloud, but are concerned about security and keeping student information secure -- SpiderOak is a strong choice," said David Perry, Assistant Professor, Emerging Media, University of Texas at Dallas.

In addition to backup and storage, SpiderOak Blue OL provides a complete suite of cloud-enabled collaboration tools. Faculty, staff, and students can coordinate data between computers, laptops and mobile devices. Classmates and colleagues can easily share files and folders, remotely accessing documents on the move. No other solutions offer the management capabilities, privacy focus, and easy integration of SpiderOak Blue OL.

"Universities are a major adopter of cloud-based technologies because they have an inherent need to store a tremendous amount of data," said Richard Stiennon, Chief Research Analyst at IT-Harvest. "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."

A member of the SpiderOak Blue family of enterprise-class cloud solutions, SpiderOak Blue OL offers the same zero-knowledge privacy guarantees and consumer-friendly online backup, secure syncing, and easy sharing as SpiderOak's existing end-user products.

"With SpiderOak Blue OL, members of colleges and universities across the nation can rest assured knowing their data is safe," said Ethan Oberman, CEO of SpiderOak. "Similar to other industries such as finance and government, education has proven to need a higher level of protection and privacy when it comes to safeguarding information stored in the cloud while still enjoying all of the benefits. Now, institutions of higher learning have a trusted option and an alternative to Dropbox or Box -- both of which expose plaintext user data. SpiderOak eliminates that concern completely."

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SpiderOak provides a cloud backup, sync, and sharing environment that is 100-percent private. Our Zero-Knowledge Privacy Standard ensures absolute confidentiality between you and your data, everywhere, every time and from every device. With SpiderOak, you maintain full and complete control of your data in a centralized, managed and fully protected environment. SpiderOak: we've got your back(up).

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