Motorola Buys Cloud Storage Startup

Telecom giant Motorola is getting into the cloud storage game with the purchase of Y Combinator-backed cloud storage and cloud streaming company Zecter.

The three-and-a-half-year-old Zecter is best known for its ZumoDrive and ZumoCast services, which let users store and stream files to and from servers on the Internet, AKA “the cloud” of data.

Motorola did not say how much they paid for Zecter, but they bought the whole shebang; acquiring not only Zecter’s products, but also its founder David Zhao, who developed applications for Amazon.com before taking the startup plunge. It also mentioned that Zecter has around one million customers.

Motorola intends to integrate Zecter’s technology into its MOTOBLUR service, a user interface replacement for Android-based devices with a hefty social networking component. MOTOBLUR pushes notifications from various social networks, including Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace.

“Consumers want seamless access to their content and media from wherever they are, while content providers want to ensure that content remains protected and secure,” said Motorola Mobility VP of software and services Christy Wyatt in a statement.

Motorola seems most interested in Zecter’s streaming technology. As part of the buyout, Motorola will be halting the distribution of ZumoCast software. Current ZumoCast users will be able to use the service as normal, but the company said that it would keep users informed about its “future plans” for the product. And almost as a footnote, Moto added that “The ZumoDrive solution will be unaffected.”