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Apparently I am not the only one who loves Mirra and its back-up drives. The company just got a $8 million cash infusion from venture capitalists including Sequoia Capital. Sequoia Capital Partner Sameer Gandhi has joined Mirra’s board of directors. The investment will be used to […]

Apparently I am not the only one who loves Mirra and its back-up drives. The company just got a $8 million cash infusion from venture capitalists including Sequoia Capital. Sequoia Capital Partner Sameer Gandhi has joined Mirra’s board of directors. The investment will be used to accelerate Mirra’s product development schedules, retail market penetration and marketing efforts. What more, the company snagged Jonathan M. Harris from Roku as Mirra’s vice president of sales. What does that mean? Is Roku in some sort of trouble? After all when the VP of sales leaves, well…. Anyway I think Cisco should buy Mirra. Given that it is trying to go consumer with Linksys, this could be a good addition to its portfolio.

  1. andre salazar Thursday, March 25, 2004

    well, having read several reviews of the mira product, and based on the fact that it is a completely commodotized solution (molex case and power supply, via mb, linux with samba) i don’t understand your admiration for the product.

    their software seems lacking, not allowing basic functionality like NAS and file sharing, and relying completely on their client.

    http://www.tomshardwareguide.com

    review at the link above.

    perhaps cisco should buy the company that creates the NAS devices OEM’d by tritton technologies and IOGEAR…as they both have their faults, but ultimately allow the user to have a cheap, network enabled file storage device that allows NAS and simple file sharing.

    or, urge linksys to create competitive devices, as dlink has done.

    linksys NAS devices today are above the 400 price line, while the tritton NAS or IOGEAR Boss can both be had for less.

    i use my 120 gig tritton NAS with acronis trueimage, a norton ghost like solution that is way easier to use, can run in a live windows partition, and allows users to easily create images of all of their machines on their home network, (with incremental backups) and easily recover and restore those machines.

    this solution costs less than 300 (for 120 gig of storage, drives can be easily swapped up larger), and allows me to also have true NAS, and a dedicated FTP server.

    this is way handier than the Mira, costs significantly less.

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  2. [...] The mergers come thick and fast. Now news that Seagate has bought Mirra, a consumer back-up drive, which has been a critical success in the “PC” market. The company recently introduced a $800-400 GB monster. Given that most of the hard drive makers are struggling to eke out a living, this doesn’t come as a surprise. Mirra was started by Tim Butler, former Apple executive, who is having some issues with Jobs and his company. Everyone is searching for ways to “value add” to their product line, and thus goose-up the profits. Maxtor, for instance, came-up with a similar digital drive. I get a feeling, given Seagate’s retail presence, Mirra back-up drives will get more retail presence. No details on the price-tag! It must have been a big one — because Sequoia Capital pumped in $8 million into the Sunnyvale start-up. Update: According to Venturewire, the Mirra-Seagate deal was between $15 million nd $30 million. In Connected Home Posted Wednesday, September 14, 2005 at 6:53 PM PT [...]

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