Memory Box provides an innovative solution to online backup by using a community of users on which parts of the backups are stored. It is the first system to use a community of networked computers to store backups rather than a single server in a data centre.
"The Microsoft BizSpark Start-Up Company iAward is a heavily contested, major award open to all eligible finalists in the 2009 competition. Memory Box Backup's win in this category - particularly as a pre-market company - speaks volumes for the quality of their innovation and the development of their product," said Australian Information Industry Association CEO Ian Birks. "Memory Box reflects extremely highly on the health of technology innovation in Australia."
Memory Box, also a finalist in the National ‘tools and infrastructure category, has also recently become part of the Microsoft BizSpark programme; BizSpark is a global program designed to help accelerate the success of early stage startups by providing key resources when they need it the most.
Being a finalist in two categories and winning the Microsoft award is a massive ‘tick of approval’ for Memory Box from the wider ICT industry.
“Memory Box is a marvellous example of Australian ingenuity and innovation, and is very deserving of the honour bestowed upon them at the iAwards” said Mr Gianpaolo Carraro, Director of Developer & Platform Evangelism, Microsoft Australia.
“Memory Box is an important example of what results when you combine entrepreneurialism with a passion for innovation and a lot of hard work. Microsoft believes it’s important that Memory Box and companies like it are provided with the tools and support that enable them to realise their full potential,” he said.
Every year, one in 10 hard drives fail and 40% of computer users lose precious memories or hard work…yet many users still do not backup their files. Memory Box research showed this was often due to apathy and users seeing it as a time consuming hassle. The Memory Box solution is specifically designed to solve this as it is automated and runs in the background of a user’s computer after a simple set up. Memory Box is currently in market testing phase and in discussions with several ISP’s regarding joint initiatives.
Directors, Trevor Glen and Michael Terrington were present to collect the award.
“We are delighted to have won a national iAward” Trevor Glen said. “It is a tough competition, judged by industry leaders and to have their confidence in our product and innovation is fantastic. The best innovations are the simplest. While Memory Box has significant complexity in its technical development, the end user experience is just what home and business users want from their backup solution: Simple, easy to use, automated and off site.”
Memory Box Pty Ltd was born out of Sarugo, a software engineering company specialising in software development services to local and international customers. While developing applications that make life easier for everyone; business and home users; Sarugo could see that protecting treasured memories and hard work needn't be such a bind, so they developed Memory Box.
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