YuuWaa

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YuuWaa
Brand logo style
Developer(s)Gemalto SA
Initial releaseMay 2009
Development statusActive
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 statusActive
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 is a cloud storage and backup service that actively syncs files stored and shared via the internet and handheld devices. The service is operated by Gemalto which is based in La Ciotat, France, and is 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 is compatible with Microsoft Windows XP, Vista or 7, Mac OS as well as applications for mobile and tablet devices such as iPhone, iPad and Android.

Founded in 2009 by Gemalto; the world’s leader in digital security and smart card technology[2] YuuWaa operates on a Freemium financial model and its unique web interface, allows users to create their own digital data universe.[3]

Their services are similar to that of Dropbox, Box.net, Mozy and Carbonite.

History[edit]

On the 14 May 2009, Gemalto, announced the launch of YuuWaa®, which acted as a secure flash drive to online storage and hardware solution for all multimedia data.[4] It was introduced with a USB flash drive[5] with automatic backup control,[6] and there were two different offers ‘YuuWaa Go’ and ‘YuuWaa Plus’.[4][7]

In 2011 however YuuWaa decided to concentrate on its core business, the Cloud Storage. As a consequence, the distribution strategy changed from a direct (selling hardware & software bundle solution in the stores) to a direct and indirect distribution via OEM partners. Throughout 2011 YuuWaa became partners with several different OEM’s, such as SanDisk[8] and Memup.[9] who offer “Powered by YuuWaa” Cloud Storage solutions to their users as a key differentiator 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."[10]

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.

Products and services[edit]

YuuWaa was designed as service to store, back-up and share. The free service provides 2GB of free online storage and paid accounts range from 10GB to 200GB.[11] Both accounts are identical in all aspects apart from the amount of storage space offered; in addition the web interface was designed for all types of users,[12] 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."[13]

With an added Desktop application where a Drag-and-Drop option is provided documents can be directly moved to an online space which is automatically backed up.

In 2011 YuuWaa also launched the YuuWaa app for iPhone and iPad, shortly followed by Android in January 2012.

Store and access all data which is backed up and protected through file synchronization. "[14]

Share all data with both registered and unregistered users. "[15]

References[edit]

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

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