Copy Cloud Storage service's life ends on May 1, 2016

Martin Brinkmann
Feb 2, 2016

Barracuda Networks announced plans yesterday to retire its cloud storage services Copy and CudaDrive on May 1, 2016.

The company launched the cloud storage service in 2013, in a period when many company launched or improved their online storage offerings.

Copy had a lot going for it. It was backed by Barracuda Networks, an established company in the storage and technology field, offered clients for all major desktop and mobile systems, and an interesting option to share files directly with other users of the service.

Copy users got 5 Gigabyte of storage initially but could use the built-in referral system to increase the amount of storage by 5 Gigabyte for every user referred to the service.

Copy Discontinuation

The announcement of the retirement of Copy and CudaDrive comes in form of a blog post on the official Barracuda blog.

According to Rod Mathews, VP & GM Storage Business, Barracuda made the decision to concentrate its efforts on its "most strategic initiatives" instead.

We are constantly evaluating our product portfolio in the context of our overall strategic goals. With that in mind, we have begun a process to focus our resources on our most strategic initiatives and to drive more innovation and faster growth within those products.

As such, we have made the difficult decision to discontinue our Copy and CudaDrive services.

Update: The Copy website loads the information as well now if you open it.

A page on the company's Techlib site reveals additional information about the decision. Both services will be discontinued on May 1, 2016 meaning that users of the service have until then to back up their data from the services for safekeeping as all data will be deleted automatically on the servers on that day.

A step by step guide for moving content has been created which provides instructions on creating local copies of data stored on Copy servers, and instructions on moving data to other cloud storage providers using Mover.

Mover is a third-party service that has been designed to move files between cloud storage providers.

Customers who paid for the service may receive a (partial) refund if they have paid for it annually.

Closing Words

Copy may not have been as popular as Dropbox, OneDrive or Google Drive, but its global rank on Alexa showed that it was a top 7000 site of the world.

Still, there is lots of competition in the file synchronization and online hosting niche, and having to go up against heavyweight companies like Microsoft, Google or Amazon is without the shadow of a doubt difficult especially since storage space pricing dropped in recent time.

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  1. Stephan said on February 9, 2016 at 4:29 am

    My best option next to copy is

  2. Jack said on February 4, 2016 at 10:31 am

    The typical procedure of these sluts. First dangling lots of free space. If you then uploaded many gigabytes, end the free access or you pay from now on a monthly basis. copy / cuda are not the first and will not be the last!
    Never trust cloud providers! Your data is in the cloud, and it can evaporate quickly. Buy hard disks and sticks and you’re relatively safe. Never Give important information in these puffs.
    I wish you for your deviousness that you all go bankrupt!

  3. Savio Fernandes said on February 4, 2016 at 8:54 am

    I will be afected by closing the service of copy. How i can solve this question.

  4. JB said on February 2, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    I’m annoyed at having to switch, but I used the free service and figure I don’t have much room to complain. I moved to Copy from Dropbox, then grew in usage to over 10gb of photos on Copy, so moving back isn’t a free option.
    Alternative services from well known and hopefully reliable providers either don’t match the offered storage space, or have policies of not-quite-privacy (Amazon, Google, MS) I don’t want to support.
    I’m currently looking into combining a Raspberry Pi with two n-terabyte external drives to create a self-maintained, low-power DIY NAS where rsync will regularly mirror drive 1 to drive 2 for “sort-of” redundancy. Add samba and I’ll have a local-area network drive for media, backups, torrent storage. Can add mini dlna services, torrents, etc. Add OwnCloud and/or BTSync and I’ll also have a mobile sync/photo upload solution.
    The downsides are non-cloud levels of redundancy and reliability (data in one place, Comcast data cap, not-generator-backed power supply, etc), but no more concern of space limits, data mining, etc. And it’s cheaper than a “real” NAS.
    Not settled on the specifics yet… still researching.

  5. jmjsquared said on February 2, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Comparing the relatively minor differences between storage providers in the context of one’s ending that facility misses the major point, in my view: Copy is tossing out its users like yesterday’s trash. Yes, I read Adam Smith and know “it’s just business” but I really *dislike* the ease with which these companies walk away from their “iron clad” commitments , all the while spouting the tongue-twisting, mind-numbing nonsense that Rod Matthews seems to have perfected.

    Because of their scale and maturity, Microsoft, Amazon and Google, in that order, are the only storage providers on whom I truly rely. Because I still want to believe in the model Copy has blithely abandoned and because I got a deal and had nothing better to do, iDrive gets a tiny bit of my online-storage stuff. And, finally, as my silent protest against what my Government did to its B-I-G, big-mouthed founder, I maintain free accounts with Mega.

  6. Dave said on February 2, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Because of the initial size given alone. I closed all of my other clouds & combined them into Copy. Sad to see them go. They were a far better product than Dropbox

  7. Brandon said on February 2, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    I actually really liked copy because it had file versions and it supported symlinks/junctions to sync external folders, I’ve been migrating to google drive and onedrive since yesterday but I’m really disappointed

    google drive doesn’t support junctions and it’s really slow, after ~12 hours it’s still syncing the folder structure and hasn’t uploaded a single file yet

    onedrive on the other hand works with junctions but doesn’t have file revisions for non office files

    also neither of them has the ability to exclude subfolders that are not top level

  8. RossN said on February 2, 2016 at 5:14 am

    I registered an account there, but never got around to using it, as I had several other cloud providers covering my needs.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on February 2, 2016 at 6:31 am

      I did the same. I liked it when it launched, but I felt that it did not have that many features that distinguished itself from established services at that time.

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