Iron Mountain Ends Cloud Computing Service

Iron Mountain is planning to shut down its cloud-based storage offerings after only two years in the rapidly growing market, research firm Gartner has revealed.

According to Gartner, the company said that it plans to shut down its public cloud storage division by the first half of 2013 and revealed that it had stopped accepting new customers on April 1, 2011.

Iron Mountain is the third vendor to exit the cloud-based storage market after Vaultscape and EMC, Gartner (http://www.gartner.com/DisplayDocument?id=1626215) said in a blog post.

The company said that it will it continue to offer cloud storage services to its existing customers, and help them migrate to another vendor as a part of its closure plans.

“To date, public cloud storage has had a modest level of adoption. Not incidentally, all three service providers’ go-to-market strategies focused purely on cloud storage unaccompanied by any cloud [computing] services. Now, only Nirvanix and Zetta remain as pure-play public cloud providers of network attached storage,” the research firm noted.

Iron Mountain offers two public cloud storage solutions:Virtual File Store and Archive Service Platform. VFS customers will be upgraded to the File System Archiving service in 2012, but Archive Service Platform customers won't be migrated to another system and will soon have their contracts terminated.