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A note to our Tech-Savvy, Forward-Thinking SpiderOak Users. Yes – We’re Talking to You!

An Open Letter to Our Tech-Savvy Forward-Thinking Users:

We wanted to send our utmost admiration and gratitude. Great activity continues as we and our industry grow and push forward. Much of what we have developed and the choices we have made since our 2007 inception has been because of you – our wonderful user base.

We also wanted to make you aware of two big recent announcements to cross our wire (if you haven’t seen them just yet):

  1. We launched our new website &
  2. We entered the Enterprise market with SpiderOak Blue

Breaking through these milestones, we wanted to thank our roots. Thank you for embracing the importance of privacy with us, steering us towards better design, a more comprehensive product experience, and demanding more of us and our strengths. Thanks to those of you who pushed us from your role in your company’s IT department or as CTO toward breaking through into the enterprise space.

We love our relationship with you and want to stay true to that. Keep the feedback coming in the wonderful honest and detailed form it has taken. And thank you – above all – for your continued patronage and support.

We look forward to serving you for many years ahead as we continue to prove that one doesn’t have to sacrifice privacy for the benefits obtained in the cloud…

We remain grateful,

The SpiderOak Team

Announcing: SpiderOak Blue OpenLicense

Yesterday, we announced the world’s first truly private cloud storage system designed for institutional use – SpiderOak Blue OpenLicense (OL). Our enterprise customers are growing and one exciting trend is the increasing number of colleges and universities needing to fully manage the data of their faculty, staff and students. Now, University IT departments can easily deploy a cloud-based backup – sync – share product, centrally manage accounts, and keep ‘Zero-Knowledge’ privacy intact.

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

In addition to the functional benefits SpiderOak Blue OL provides, we can extend learning institutions a significant labor-saving solution. Rather than procuring and allocating additional storage hardware, colleges and universities can seamlessly create and remove storage space on an as-needed basis. This allows for an easy transition for outgoing seniors whereby they graduate into a standalone SpiderOak account and are able to manage their own storage needs.

No matter what phase of learning or degree of pursuit, it’s always satisfying to hear from happy students such as Ross Mounce, PhD Student & Panton Fellow at the University of Bath, United Kingdom. “SpiderOak is great for research data management. The ‘Zero-Knowledge’ privacy client-side data encryption provides far better security than Dropbox, whilst maintaining excellent ease of use and cross-platform syncing.”