Eric Barger sent me a note on Twitter and alerted me that Connected Data, the makers of the Transporter, appear to have been merged with Nexsan. Late last year it was reported that Imation, who also owns Nexsan, bought Connected Data for $7.5m.
Unfortunately there’s not much information about the move coming from Connected Data other than this tweet announcing the change:
Connected Data has responded to some concerned consumers via Twitter stating that although their focus is on enterprise products, the “cone” consumer models are still available through retailers and support is available on the Nexsan Web site.
As you may be aware, ConnectedData was a sponsor of Mac Power Users and I have been a Transporter user since it was a beta product. Despite a few software bugs that have ultimately been addressed, I’ve been very happy with my Transporter, and it’s been instrumental to our podcasting workflow for sharing and syncing large files with multiple people. I will admit that with this buy-out I’ve become concerned about the platform for consumers. While I’m not abandoning my Transporter, I am starting to look at other options.
I’ve had several people recommend BitTorrent Sync. I’m going to be investigating this option. I was pleasantly surprised to see they have an App for my Drobo 5N. Funny, David and I were just talking about updating the Mac Power Users episode on syncing.