File Streaming Fun
Zecter is the brains behind Web 2.0 technologies ZumoDrive and ZumoCast, a technology we covered back in September. The idea of streaming your own files to mobile devices is certainly a gripping one -- so much so, that just a few months later, along comes Motorola with a hefty (but unspecified) amount of cash to snap the California-based company.
Zecter had already seen over US$ 2 million invested in it and had signed a deal with HP to provide storage for its netbook users. With a bright future, it will now become part of Motorola's reinvention as the company looks to split in two next year with Motorola Mobility Solutions becoming a new company handling all the former company's mobile technology and software.
Store and Stream
ZumoCast and ZumoDrive work in a useful combination of both storing your files in the cloud, for easy access from a range of devices and also allowing you to play them as if they were local files. The Zecter services could provides a unique selling point on any hardware that the new Motorola would sell and also makes a great licensing opportunity if other providers want a similar service.
ZumoDrive currently comes with 2GB of free storage and can be downloaded for Windows, Mac, Linux with iPhone, iPad, Android and Palm. Other plans stretch from 10GB (US$ 2.99 a month) all the way up to 500GB (US$ 79.99 a month) for enterprises or the most media-hungry users.
The desktop client is a quick download and shows up as a virtual drive on the desktop that can be accessed from anywhere, making a good place to keep images, movies, music and the like. Or, it can be a useful backup resource for distributed offices, small companies and other organizations.