After nearly two years of hard work (including one complete rewrite) and two name changes, we’ve finally taken the “Preview” tag off Zudio. If you go to the site now, you’ll see our new landing page, and be able to start a free 30 day trial. If you were already using the Preview, your account has been transitioned to a Trial account, and the 30 days will start from the next time you use the application.
Like all the best projects, Zudio started as a need to scratch an itch. I was at a meeting in Central London, and I had decided to take my shiny new iPad and leave my laptop at home. Then I got a frantic email from a colleague saying that some files in a big data-processing project we had been working on for a public sector customer hadn’t been processed properly, and needed moving back to the “incoming” blob container. But despite the fact that the data was all available over the internet, and I had the very latest thing in internet-connected technology in my bag, there was no way for me to access it. I ended up using LogMeIn to connect to my work desktop so I could use a Windows desktop application to shift some blobs around; let’s just say the experience was sub-optimal. And so the seed for Zudio was sown.
Two years later, and there are even more reasons for Zudio to exist. Windows Azure now has incredible support for open source, non-Microsoft frameworks such as Node.js, PHP, Python, Java and (announced today!) Ruby; many developers on these platforms don’t have Windows machines to run old-style desktop applications. And even for those that do, work these days is done on the move on a wide variety of devices. We hope that Zudio will meet the needs of all developers using Azure Storage, regardless of their chosen framework or workstation environment.
Software is never finished, and this is especially true of web applications. We’ve got a lot of features planned for Zudio, some of which are mentioned on the site, and some a bit further out. We’ll be continuing to add features over the next 30 days, so by the time we start asking you to pay our incredibly reasonable subscription rate, you’ll be getting even more for your money.