8 thoughts on “PC Makers Give Storage Startups a Boost”

  1. Completely agree David’s comment on where we’re headed, i.e.; PCs to be sold with online backup that’s seamless. I actually smell an opportunity here for Microsoft’s Live Mesh project in that regard. I think this topic also points out that whether people are ready for it or not, there’s a fundamental paradigm shift taking place right now with netbooks and cloud computing in general.

    Instead of looking at netbooks as full-featured notebook replacements, I see them more as companions to use on the run with web apps and limited client installs. The benefit to netbooks isn’t to have yet another XP system to carry around; it’s to have a browser with a usable display, keyboard and connectivity. With that kind of package, seamless online storage is a perfect complement.

  2. The bigger opportunity would be to crack the Business market -both Enterprise and SMB. I doubt it plain vanilla online backup/restore would suffice for that space. We would need QoS/SLA at premise as well as Cloud..

    Also, it will be interesting how VAR/SP fit into this mix.

  3. PC companies sees these deals as a revenue opportunity because software companies pay to be listed on the PC. Over time however they become part of the standard offer, like AV. Software companies still pay for the privilege. The questions is the upgrade conversion.

    Certainly the biggest opportunity is small business.

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