The 10 Biggest Storage Stories Of 2013


4. File Sync/Share Grows Up

The developers of file sync and share applications, which started out as consumer apps, this year took significant steps to add the kind of security and management control required by enterprise customers.

-- Dropbox unveiled a new developer platform that lets iOS or Android apps treat the Dropbox service as if it were a local file system on a device.

-- Box acquired dLoop's data analytics technology for discovering content and capturing that content's insights.

-- EMC enhanced its Syncplicity enterprise file sync and share application with new group-level policy assignment and rights management control when sharing files.

-- Mozy (pictured) enhanced its business-focused offerings with new file sync capabilities.

-- Cloud backup and disaster recovery provider eFolder acquired file sync and share developer Anchor Box.

-- Egnyte added enterprise document collaboration and sharing for Google Drive.