Feeds

Online storage start-up pitches 'USB stick on the internet'

Lets small biz try out its big idea for free

The essential guide to IT transformation

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. ®

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy
Press conference: ME ME ME ME ME ME ME (cont'd pg 94)
Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media
Not paying Murdoch? You're gonna get a right LEGALLING - thanks to automated software
Caught red-handed: UK cops, PCSOs, specials behaving badly… on social media
No Mr Fuzz, don't ask a crime victim to be your pal on Facebook
Ballmer quits Microsoft board to spend more time with his b-balls
From Clippy to Clippers: Hi, I see you're running an NBA team now ...
Online tat bazaar eBay coughs to YET ANOTHER outage
Web-based flea market struck dumb by size and scale of fail
Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE
Can't face sea of wobbling fondle implements. What happened to lighters, eh?
Amazon takes swipe at PayPal, Square with card reader for mobes
Etailer plans to undercut rivals with low transaction fee offer
Call of Duty daddy considers launching own movie studio
Activision Blizzard might like quality control of a CoD film
prev story

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.