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There's a Niche in the Mobile Cloud

4:00 PM -- It seems to me there might be a niche for a startup -- or larger technology player -- that can offer users online storage and data replication capabilities across multiple devices without tying the user into a particular operating system. Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) has reignited interest in mobile remote storage and replication capabilities with its iCloud announcement on Monday. The company is by no means the first to offer a mobile cloud service based around multimedia storage in the sky; both Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) and Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) beat it to the punch.

The difference in the Apple service is the way it can be set up to locally replicate content across a user's computer, iPhone, iPad or iPod. It's a clever way for the Mac mavens to lock their already loyal users into upgrading to more iDevices in the future.

Seems to me that's there a space for a player that can provide both cloud storage and replicate data across several device platforms. It could be a startup, although I think a startup would have to be swimming in dollars to get all the backend work that would need to be done.

Otherwise, it seems to me that a company like BlackBerry is well placed to take on a cloud mediator role. It has the network and device chops and has recently opened up its PlayBook tablet to support some Android apps.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

aweston 12/5/2012 | 5:02:52 PM
re: There's a Niche in the Mobile Cloud Dropbox seems to be the best solution I've found to share files between devices. It works well across platforms even for media files. No cloud storage, but do you need it if your files are all shared?
yeahright 12/5/2012 | 5:02:51 PM
re: There's a Niche in the Mobile Cloud

There is this startup called airupt.com just doing that. They seem to have a product close to be released soon.

DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 5:02:50 PM
re: There's a Niche in the Mobile Cloud

I think the question, too, is why haven't the carriers made this a "feature" of their broadband services within the home network. Any device sharing with any other device, so long as bits flow through the SP-managed router. That seems like something consumers would appreciate.

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