SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - Feb 27, 2013) - Symform, a revolutionary, distributed cloud backup service, today announced record growth of its Global Cloud Storage Network in 2012, expanding its worldwide customer-base to 160 countries (up from 46 countries in 2011), and increasing the number of files stored by more than 220 percent. This network growth is the result of a momentous year for the company, which included introduction of a new 'Bytes or Bucks' pricing model, expansion of its executive team, numerous product enhancements and industry accolades, and attracting $11 million in Series B financing from Longworth Venture Partners, OVP, and WestRiver Management.
On the heels of these 2012 milestones, Symform has extended its success into the early part of 2013. In January, the company announced a strategic investment from Second Century Ventures, the investment arm of the National Association of Realtors, as well as the appointment of Mark Ashida, a long-standing Symform supporter and former OVP venture capitalist, as the company's new CEO.
"As an original seed investor in Symform, I've seen the company execute on and exceed its growth projections year after year. We've just begun to tap into the tremendous opportunity for bringing cost-effective and secure cloud services to the Prosumer and SMB markets using our distributed approach," said Ashida. "These milestones, including financing and expansion of the executive team, have positioned the company to accelerate our growth into 2013 and beyond."
Company highlights from 2012 include:
- 'Bytes or Bucks' Pricing: Further disrupting the market, Symform announced a new pricing model, enabling customers to pay for unlimited Symform cloud storage and backup entirely with excess local drive space.
- Extended Platform Support: Symform broadened the availability of its cloud storage offering to Mac and Linux users. Fedora, Ubuntu and CentOS distributions are supported. Symform also added new integrations for Synology and NETGEAR NAS devices.
- Strengthened Leadership Team: Symform has attracted top talent and leadership within the industry, with additions to the executive team, board of directors, and the creation of an advisory board. These appointments included CEO Mark Ashida; SVP of global sales, Bob DeSantis; and SVP of product development, Omri Gazitt. Constance Freedman, managing director of Second Century Ventures, also joined the Symform Board of Directors.
- Industry Recognition: Symform advances in 2012 did not go unnoticed. Symform and its team members received nine prestigious awards over the past year, including Cloud Computing World Series Best Cloud Storage Solution, Washington's 100 Best Companies to Work For, and most recently recognition of Bob DeSantis as a UBM CRN 2013 Channel Chief. To see a full list of Symform award wins, visit: http://www.symform.com/about-us/awards-recognition/
The Symform Cloud Storage Network is a better way to store and backup all of your data. As the world's first distributed and crowdsourced free online storage, Symform enables users to pay with bytes instead of bucks. Every business on the network contributes excess local drive space to the grid in exchange for secure, fast and reliable cloud data backup. Before data leaves the source device, it is encrypted and shredded, redundancy added, and then geo-distributed across the global network. With its proprietary and patented technology, Symform is building the world's largest virtual datacenter using existing Internet infrastructure. Go to www.symform.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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