Data depositories: These 12 cloud storage companies can handle quintillions of bytes (that's a lot)

February 26, 2019
Updated: May 1, 2019
Written by Sam Daley

These days, data is the lifeblood of any organization. And there's a ton of it — too much, in many cases, to rely on hard drives for secure or even sufficient storage. No worries, though. The cloud has it covered. Compared to no less than democracy and water (you know, the thing without which human life would cease to exist), cloud computing has become integral to everyday existence and a boon to businesses. In fact, nearly 75% of CIOs believe cloud computing had the most measurable impact in 2017.

“There was a time when every household, town, farm or village had its own water well," Vivek Kundra, the United States's first chief information officer, has said. "Today, shared public utilities give us access to clean water by simply turning on the tap; cloud computing works in a similar fashion. Just like water from the tap in your kitchen, cloud computing services can be turned on or off quickly as needed. Like at the water company, there is a team of dedicated professionals making sure the service provided is safe, secure and available on a 24/7 basis. When the tap isn’t on, not only are you saving water, but you aren’t paying for resources you don’t currently need.”

Which is to say the cloud offers flexibility and efficiency that's missing in other means of storage. Instead of relying on massive physical databases with rigid storage limits, companies now have the option to store petabytes (over one quadrillion bytes) of information on flexible third-party systems. This technology operates as an on-demand, pay-as-you-go service that lets businesses pay (in real time) for only the storage they need rather than inheriting expensive physical databases that could easily overflow or languish half-full.    

Take Netflix, for example. The streaming giant has become one of the largest cloud users on the planet. With over 118 million subscribers, the company needs to up its bandwidth every time a binge-worthy show debuts or drops another season. Thanks to the cloud, it can increase storage capabilities in real-time so users can watch "Stranger Things" sans loading errors. The company saves millions of dollars in the process. Pretty sweet.

Check out these 12 innovators in cloud information storage.

 

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Onehub

Onehub

Location: Seattle, Washington

How it’s using the cloud in data storage: Onehub provides cloud-based data storage and file sharing solutions. The company’s “data rooms” help businesses store information securely and let credentialed users anonymously share files. In addition, the Onehub data storage platform features tools like full-text search and archive downloads for enhanced cybersecurity.      

Industry Impact: Over one million business users trust Onehub with their cloud-based file storage, including the Seattle Seahawks, Aflac, CVS, LG and the University of Washington.

 

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Wasabi Technologies

Wasabi Technologies

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

How it’s using the cloud in data storage: Wasabi is a "hot cloud" storage company that deals in cloud-based, business-critical information that needs to be accessed right away. For a flat rate, the company provides big data hot storage for web, social media, apps, IoT devices and scientific research institutions.    

Industry Impact: Wasabi Technologies claims its cloud is six times faster than AWS S3, making data retrieval almost instantaneous.

 

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Infinidat

Infinidat

Location: Waltham, Massachusetts

How it’s using the cloud in data storage: Infinidat manufactures cloud storage devices with enhanced security features like data backup and archival services. Its InfiniBox enterprise data storage is built to have a maximum of 3 seconds of downtime per year and can be scaled to store up to 8 petabytes of data.       

Industry Impact: Infinidat recently announced upgrades to their Infinibox software that includes the ability to consolidate more enterprise workloads with enhanced security features and data protection protocols.

 

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NetApp

NetApp

Location: Sunnyvale, California

How it’s using the cloud in data storage: A hybrid cloud company focusing on the storage of data in public and private clouds, NetApp offers cloud platforms that integrate enhanced cybersecurity protocols and analytics so businesses can get a holistic look at their data. The company also helps businesses scale their private cloud storage or blend storage with one of the larger public platforms like AWS or Azure.

Industry Impact: NetApp has crafted customized data storage solutions for some of the most prominent organizations in the world, including DreamWorks, Coca Cola, and Mercedes-Benz.

 

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Seagate

Seagate

Location: Cupertino, California

How it’s using the cloud in data storage: Seagate offers cloud-based storage solutions for digital content. The company offers a wide range of products that helps individuals and businesses back up their information, scale their data needs and even boost their gameplay speeds. Seagate also offers flash storage for real-time business data availability.       

Industry Impact: Seagate created the new Seagate Game Drive, a cloud-based data storage system that installs directly into a PS4 and can hold up to 2 terabytes of data.

 

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Nasuni

Nasuni

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

How it’s using the cloud in data storage: Nasuni enables enterprises to store and access files across all locations at scale. The company offers several cloud-related services, including multi-site file sharing, long-term file retention and rapid retrieval, all of which allow enterprises to scale their storage on an as-needed basis while maintaining access to their files directories from anywhere.        

Industry Impact: Nasuni is trusted by The Field Museum, Ecolab, Electronic Arts and Caterpillar to store, share and access massive amounts of data in real-time.  
 

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SwiftStack

SwiftStack

Location: San Francisco, California

How it’s using the cloud in data storage: SwiftStack powers enterprise cloud storage by offering the power of public cloud computing, but on servers that an enterprise IT teams can fully manage. The SwiftStack platform is integrated with Amazon and Google Cloud, which extends private storage environments into the public cloud by including enterprise custody on infrastructure.         

Industry Impact: The NFL, PayPal, eBay, Verizon and Cisco use SwiftStack to manage their cloud data storage.

 

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Box

Box

Location: San Francisco, California

How it’s using the cloud in data storage: Box is an online file sharing and cloud data management solution for digital content. The company’s Cloud Content Management artificial intelligence tool automates tasks and manages digital content across many different teams, from sales to HR.         

Industry Impact: Box’s cloud content storage is used by 69% of the Fortune 500, including Coca-Cola, Walmart and G.E.  

 

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Nimbus Data

Nimbus Data

Location: Irvine, California

How it’s using the cloud in data storage: Nimbus Data develops flash memory solutions for data storage and cloud management. Need quick extra storage? The Nimbus Data Scalable SSDs plug into cloud-based servers for up to 100 terabytes of instant storage capacity.         

Industry Impact: With the launch of its 3.5 inch SSD Drive in 2018, Nimbus Data now has a higher capacity drive than Samsung’s SSD.

 

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Actifile

Actifile

Location: New York, New York

How it’s using the cloud in data storage: Actifile is an information backup tool to secure cloud-based intellectual property data. The company provides employees, contractors and vetted third parties with solutions that help build trust when sharing cloud-based data. Actifile requires no configuration and is data and application agnostic.

Industry Impact: Based in Israel, with an office in New York, Actifile is aiming to help secure cloud-based data for the freelance and gig economy.

 

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OpenDrive

OpenDrive

Location: Palo Alto, California

How it’s using the cloud in data storage: OpenDrive is an unlimited cloud storage, backup and content management service for personal, business and enterprise use. The platform also consolidates video, audio, photo, notes and apps in one place so users can easily search through massive amounts of data to find exactly what they need.               

Industry Impact: T-Mobile, Ancestry.com, Re/Max, FC Barcelona and Michigan State University use OpenDrive to manage their files and content on the cloud.

 

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Minio

Minio

Location: Palo Alto, California

How it’s using the cloud in data storage: Minio is a storage server designed for large-scale private cloud infrastructure. The server is compatible with Amazon S3 for object storage and features heightened cybersecurity protocols like data backup and encryption to ensure than all cloud-based information is secure.

Industry Impact: Minio is one of the most downloaded self-hosted object storage servers in the world, with over 193 million Docker pulls.

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