Consolidation of SaaS Platforms in the Cloud Begins

Michael Vizard

There are a lot of fragmented activities that require workers to invoke a lot of different applications during the course of the day. The problem that creates is that all these applications are from different vendors, which means they typically have different user interfaces and are not particularly well integrated.


The folks at YouSendIt think that the time has come to start unifying all these activities. To that end, the company today is extending its file transfer service to add a number of collaboration tools, including the ability to save and synchronize content across multiple devices that can now access an unlimited amount of storage in the cloud.


As Brian Curry, vice president of products and business strategy for YouSendIt.com notes, different cloud computing services have emerged for transferring files, synchronizing data and allowing multiple users to share and access documents that are stored in the cloud. With this update, YouSendIt is making a case for giving customers access to all these services as part of a unified offering, said Curry.

 


With the rise of cloud computing, there has been a land grab among different vendors to provide different sets of services that all too often are really a subset of an extended set of processes. As the next wave of cloud computing emerges, it's clear that we're on the cusp of a wave of consolidation of various software-as-a-service (SaaS) platforms, which should probably result first in a wave of mergers and acquisitions among various vendors followed by some outright collapses.


It's too early to say what providers will survive this inevitable market consolidation. But as far as IT organizations are concerned, the good news is that some rationalization of these services should make it a whole lot easier to manage, and ultimately orchestrate, how these services are made available across the enterprise.


Pricing for the YouSendIt.com service when fully loaded with all features, which includes support for electronic signatures, is going to be $14.99 per month. The company is also beta testing a desktop application that companies can optionally decide to download to create what amounts to a portal to the YouSendIt.com services.



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Jul 26, 2011 12:54 PM MacKenzie MacKenzie  says:

Instead of actually storing files in a "cloud," you can use a software where you actually just stream through a cloud temporarily. I'm testing out HomePipe right now and so far, so good. Like you said, cloud computing has a long way to go, and it's hard to say what vendors are here to stay, but the accessibility and security of streaming through a cloud seems to have an advantage. Small businesses should jump on this bandwagon!

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