Barracuda announced Monday that all Copy and CudaDrive accounts will become inaccessible and all files will be deleted from its servers automatically after May 1, 2016. It is urging customers to move their data to another provider or save a local copy before that date. Monthly plan subscribers have been stopped being charged as of Feb. 1.
Similarly to the Ubuntu One cloud storage service, which Canonical decided to close in 2014, cloud storage didn’t fit closely enough within its parent company’s core focus. This also illustrates the fierce competition among cloud storage providers like Box, Dropbox, Microsoft’s OneDrive, and Google’s Drive, which offer increasingly large amounts of free storage at a loss to grow their user numbers. For companies for whom cloud storage is not their core business, it’s often an impossible space in which to compete.
Barracuda partnered with Edmonton, Alberta-based data migration company Mover to provide a step-by-step guide for moving data to a local hard drive or another cloud storage solution like Microsoft OneDrive.
The CudaDrive engineering team will transition to the Barracuda Backup team which will focus on cloud backup, data protection and business continuity opportunities.
Barracuda Storage Business VP and GM Rod Mathews stated, “At Barracuda we have always strived to make great products that deliver ease of use and affordability. We are constantly evaluating our product portfolio in the context of our overall strategic goals. With that in mind, we have begun a process to focus our resources on our most strategic initiatives and to drive more innovation and faster growth within those products.
“As such, we have made the difficult decision to discontinue our Copy and CudaDrive services.”