ZumoDrive is one of several services available for “cloud storage” where a user’s files are stored online so that they can be accessed from multiple devices. The company just announced that it’s teaming up with HP, which will use ZumoDrive to power an “HP CloudDrive” service installed on the computer-maker’s new line of netbooks.
This is ZumoDrive’s first venture into offering a “white label” solution, allowing companies to customize ZumoDrive technology with their own branding. This means the Burlingame, Calif. startup can make money off both regular consumers (through its existing service) and other businesses. Teaming with a big-name like HP should bring the service to a larger audience, even if it’s not under the ZumoDrive name.
And for HP, this means new customers can access files from their other computers with minimal hassle, and also reduce the disk space they need. (When I use my HP netbook, it’s pretty much impossible to access files that aren’t stored online.) Cloud storage-netbook partnerships make a lot of sense, which is why ZumoDrive competitor Box.net, for example, has also made netbook deals.
CloudDrive features include the ability to access photos, videos, and music as if they were stored locally on your computer; to download frequently and recently accessed content for viewing offline; and to bulk import specific file types like all images or all music. Besides computers, you can access CloudDrive files through an application on the iPhone (which is already available) and on Android devices (which ZumoDrive says it’s putting the “finishing touches” on).
Zecter, the company that created ZumoDrive, recently raised $1.5 million. It was incubated by Y Combinator.