On 8 April 2011, Iron Mountain confirmed that it is sunsetting its public cloud storage business. The company said that the official end date for the service would be "no sooner than 1H13," but said it stopped accepting any new customers as of 1 April 2011. Iron Mountain says it will continue to offer services to its current cloud storage customers, help them migrate to another provider or return the data.
Virtual File Store customers that stay with Iron Mountain will be transferred to a higher-value offering, File System Archiving (FSA) in 2012. The new offering will be a hybrid that leverages policy-based archiving on site and in the cloud with indexing and classification capabilities.
Archive Service Platform customers have no migration path and are being terminated or moved to an alternative service provider.
Iron Mountain's announcement that it will end its two-year run as a public cloud storage service makes it the third public cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) provider to abandon the market over the past 12 months. The others are:
To date, public cloud storage IaaS has had a modest level of adoption. Not incidentally, all three service providers’ go-to-market strategies focused purely on cloud storage unaccompanied by any cloud compute services. Now, only Nirvanix and Zetta remain as pure-play public cloud providers of network attached storage. In 2009 Gartner predicted that less than one-third of cloud investments would reach ROI by 2011 (see "Predicts 2009: Cloud Computing Beckons" ). When announcing Iron Mountain's exit from this market segment, Digital Services Executive Vice President David Jones acknowledged that part of the motivation included profitability pressures.
Iron Mountain announced its Virtual File Store cloud-based file service on 22 February 2009, and later augmented it with the Archive Service Platform, which enabled software vendors to integrate the Iron Mountain API to leverage the company's cloud back end. Given the migration path and new offering that Iron Mountain is extending to Virtual File Store customers that choose to stay with Iron Mountain, these customers will derive significant added value from FSA's ability to search and retrieve data.
Current Iron Mountain cloud storage customers:
Cloud-based storage service providers exiting this market:
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