Mezeo Adapts ISP Cloud Storage Platform for Enterprises

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-04-15 Print this article Print

Startup Mezeo Software launched its cloud software in December 2008 for the IT service provider market. The updated product, Mezeo Cloud Storage Platform for the Enterprise, offers new features and simpler deployment and control options.

Mezeo Software, a relative newcomer on the cloud computing scene, April 15 introduced a new version of its private-cloud storage platform for the enterprise.

The Houston-based startup made the announcement at Storage Networking World in Orlando, Fla.

Mezeo originally launched its cloud software in December 2008 specifically for the IT service provider market. The product now has been updated with new features and for simpler deployment and control with a new user interface.

The UI features drop-down menus and wizards in an effort to complete head-on with services from, Google, Microsoft and others, said Mezeo President and CEO Steve Lesem.

New features in this enterprise-ready version include LDAP integration and a common sign-on apparatus, Lesem said.

The package also features upgrades to its Windows native client, including "automatic file synchronization to the cloud, 'one-click' public URL generation and support for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7," Lesem said.

Mezeo for Enterprise also includes end-to-end encryption, advanced file sharing and collaboration, content tagging and true 'anywhere access from four types of endpoints: an integrated Windows desktop with Sync client, rich Web 2.0 browsers, and iPhone and BlackBerry native client access, the company said.

Familiar tools for developers, admins

"We're from the hosting market, so we know this space," Lesem said. "We use tools that developers are comfortable using and quite frankly that they work with every day. Everything on our platform is Linux-based. We use PostgreSQL for our file catalog and metadata repository. We can use whatever storage you're using in-house, whether it's SAN [storage area network] or NAS [network-attached storage], or a collection of disk drives. We can mix and match that storage behind our server," Lesem said.

Mezeo uses REST-based Web services APIs to enable programmatic access and advanced services, the company said.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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