Iron Mountain exits part of the cloud

Going on two years in the cloud storage business, Iron Mountain will shutter its Virtual File Store and Archive Service platform without giving a reason. After weeks of rumors that Iron Mountain would close these services to customers, the company will continue to support some cloud storage services as it seeks to migrate them to another cloud service provider. 

Virtual File Store customers have the option to migrate, get their data back or be shifted to the more expensive Iron Mountain File System Archiving service. For Archive Service Platform customers there is no option and their data will be returned and their contracts terminated or they will be migrated to another provider.

Enterprise Cloud Services: The agenda

This move on Iron Mountain's part is the third in the evolving cloud storage space. VaultScape folded in 2010 and EMC shifted its attention from providing cloud storage services to a model whereby its partners - AT&T Synaptive SaaS among them - would offer the service themselves, thereby cutting EMC's competition with its channel and allowing it to focus on its Atmos cloud infrastructure platform.

Already, companies such as Nirvanix have jumped on opportunities in Iron Mountains' exit from cloud storage. Nirvanix has offered to migrate Iron Mountain customers for free and offer them 30 days of unlimited free storage.

Further complicating Iron Mountains' woes is action from hedge fund Elliott Management Company who has nominated four new board members and wants Iron Mountain to convert to a Real Estate Investment Trust and dump its Iron Mountain Digital Business.

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