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The Zetta Founders’ Story: From Netscape to Cloud Storage

Zetta Efficiently Transfers Large Amounts of Data Over the Internet

It was at Netscape, in the early days of the internet, when co-founders Lou Montulli and Jeff Whitehead first worked together and began to notice how the amount of their data was constantly growing, but the process for adding storage and protecting that data wasn't improving over time.

"Zetta is a company that's trying to revolutionize storage," is what Lou says at the beginning of the video above - but what does a revolution in storage look like?

The three things that make Zetta unique:

1. Recovery Optimized Backup
Data that's backed up to Zetta is ready to be restored at a moment's notice because it's identical to the data on your company's network and individual endpoints. Your data is never converted to a proprietary backup format (like with appliance-based solutions) or just dumped into buckets (like with that South American river storage).

2. Bandwidth Conserving File Change Detection
Included in Zetta's cloud storage service is the lightweight software agent we call ZettaMirror. It detects byte-level changes to your individual files and then sends just those changes up to Zetta's data centers. This feature is very important when buying more bandwidth is cost prohibitive, or just not available.

3. File Transfer Using WebDAV
Your company's files are efficiently transferred over the internet thanks to WebDAV, a data transfer protocol that works on HTTP, just like the internet itself. When potential customers first start a free trial, one of the most common reactions is being shocked at how quickly their data gets to Zetta. WebDAV is a big part of that speed advantage.

Zetta is made from the ground up to be a better kind of cloud storage for SMBs - not extra features bolted on a consumer-grade service and not part of the old enterprise appliance paradigm.

When Lou and Jeff started Zetta they said to themselves, "Let's come up with something better, let's come up with something easy, let's come up with something that never fails." Go ahead and take a look at the service they built, and let us know what you think.

Nick is Zetta's Corporate Reporter, and has been writing and telling stories about technology with blogs, social media, and content marketing since the days when the BBS reigned.

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Derek Kol is a technology specialist focused on SMB and enterprise IT innovations.

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