Online storage start-up pitches 'USB stick on the internet'
Lets small biz try out its big idea for free
Livedrive.com is offering small businesses a simpler way to create online back-ups of their files and data.
Although there are several similar services from companies like BT, Microsoft and HP, Livedrive reckons it offers an easier way for users to create secure copies of files which they can access from anywhere.
Andrew Michael, CEO at Livedrive, said: "It's taken us a while to get the software right and we'll have a Mac version soon.It gives you a drive letter on your desktop - anything on that drive is then intelligently synched - it saves changes to documents. BT and other services are just web-based - you must upload the files yourself. This is like a USB stick but it is online."
Michael, who founded FastHosts, said the start-up was well funded - he sold his previous firm for £61m in 2006.
He said: "The service is aimed at prosumers and the small business market - the biggest benefit is access anywhere - you can install the software on several machines and access the data and you can send links so other people can access specific files."
The data is encrypted before being sent and Livedrive cannot decrypt the files without the customer's password. Reg readers can get a free trial of the beta trial here. ®
@Fab De Marco
Why is this service only being targeted at Widows (see 'Widows Live SkyDrive')? That seems very short sighted to me, but then again, maybe Black widows have an advantage on the Web.
"Integrity check running... and running... and running...
Ok, I gave it a try today and transferred a few gigs over, then back onto my hd. Suddenly the connection hung. I went into the admin panel and discovered the "integrity check" button (kinda makes you nervous to see an "integrity check" button for a remote walled-garden storage that stores your precious data donit?) - and bingo, the pop up informs me "Your Livedrive did not shutdown correctly, please wait while we perform an integrity check..." hmmm, I never shut anything down, it just suddenly hung up on me... well, that was 45 minutes ago, and still integrity checking away here - halfway through... 500megs of data is still sitting on the Livedrive, yikes..
Not interested until...
... the ISPs make my upload speed the same as my 10Mb download speed....