YuuWaa

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YuuWaa
Brand logo style
Developer(s)Gemalto SA
Initial releaseMay 2009
Development statusDefunct
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows:
XP, Vista or 7,
Mac OS,
Android
Available inEnglish, German, French,
Desktop application available in 19 languages
TypeOnline file storage
Websitewww.yuuwaa.com
 
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YuuWaa
Brand logo style
Developer(s)Gemalto SA
Initial releaseMay 2009
Development statusDefunct
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows:
XP, Vista or 7,
Mac OS,
Android
Available inEnglish, German, French,
Desktop application available in 19 languages
TypeOnline file storage
Websitewww.yuuwaa.com

YuuWaa was a cloud storage and backup service that actively synced files stored and shared via the internet and handheld devices. The service was operated by Gemalto, which was based in La Ciotat, France, and was known for offering a secure solution to users permitting access and sharing of many different types of files and documents.[1] Suitable for both Windows and Mac users, it was compatible with Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, 7, or Mac OS, as well as applications for mobile and tablet devices such as iPhone, iPad and Android.

Founded in 2009 by Gemalto, YuuWaa operated on a Freemium financial model and its unique web interface allowed users to create their own digital data universe.[2]

Their services were similar to those of Dropbox, Box.net, Mozy and Carbonite.

History[edit]

On May 14, 2009, Gemalto announced the launch of YuuWaa®, which acted as a secure flash drive to online storage and hardware solution for all multimedia data.[3] It was introduced with a USB flash drive[4] with automatic backup control,[5] and there were two different options, ‘YuuWaa Go’ and ‘YuuWaa Plus’.[4][6]

In 2011, YuuWaa decided to concentrate on its core business, Cloud Storage. As a consequence, the distribution strategy changed from a direct (selling hardware & software bundle solution in the stores) to direct and indirect distribution via OEM partners. Throughout 2011, YuuWaa became partners with several different OEMs, such as SanDisk[7] and Memup.[8] who offer “Powered by YuuWaa” Cloud Storage solutions to their users as a key contrast on a highly competitive storage market. SanDisk director Kent Perry provided this:

"Gemalto’s YuuWaa service complements our existing USB drive product line and provides added benefit to our customers working together with Gemalto allows us to provide our customers with an offer that directly addresses the increasing use of cloud storage."[9]

The YuuWaa app was launched in 2011 for the iPhone and iPad platforms, shortly followed by Android in January 2012.

On January 11, 2013, Gemalto's YuuWaa service went offline, with a message indicating "Service temporarily unavailable. We are sorry. YuuWaa website is currently unavailable for maintenance purpose." The service was offline for three days, until January 14, 2013. Gemalto provided no details on the reasons for the interruption of the service.

As of January 3, 2014, the YuuWaa service has ended, with the website displaying the message "Service Definitely Unavailable! We are sorry, YuuWaa as come to an end. We hope you enjoyed the service!"

Products and services[edit]

YuuWaa was designed as service to store, back-up and share. The free service provided 2GB of free online storage and paid accounts ranged from 10GB to 200GB.[10] Both accounts were identical in all aspects apart from the amount of storage space offered; in addition the web interface was designed for all types of users,[11] and Juana-Catalina Rodriguez, YuuWaa sales and marketing director at Gemalto provided this:

"By bundling local and online storage; portability and security, YuuWaa provides an innovative and cost-effective way for people to keep and share their Digital Data safely"
"We’ve ensured that the YuuWaa interface is intuitive enough for experienced and inexperienced users alike."[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "YuuWaa, service de sauvegarde et partage en ligne". Retrieved 07/02/2012. 
  2. ^ "SMB storage device due in September". Retrieved 07/02/2012. 
  3. ^ "Yuuwaa, service de stockage et de partage en ligne". Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  4. ^ "YuuWaa : La clé USB qui vous offre du stockage en ligne (+ 5 clés à gagner)". Retrieved 07/02/2012. 
  5. ^ "YuuWaa USB backup drive". Retrieved 2012-02-15. 
  6. ^ "YuuWaa's hardware flash drives combine serious online storage with a silly name". Retrieved 07/02/2012. 
  7. ^ "New Sandisk Cruzer". Retrieved 07/02/2012. 
  8. ^ "Memup lance son service de stockage en ligne avec YuuWaa". Retrieved 07/02/2012. 
  9. ^ "Gemalto’s YuuWaa Cloud Storage Service Incorporated on SanDisk USB Flash Drives". Retrieved 07/02/2012. 
  10. ^ "YuuWaa Plans". Retrieved 07/02/2012. 
  11. ^ "YuuWhat? USB-based file back-up". Retrieved 07/02/2012. 
  12. ^ "YuuWaa - Digital Data Universe". Avantoure. Retrieved 07/02/2012. 

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