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  • Windows 7 is here. IDrive can back it up.

    Microsoft’s latest and greatest OS -Windows 7- is finally here. Prominent reviewers like CNET have been singing its praises, “Although the look of Windows 7 may seem to be nothing more than some polish applied liberally to the Vista Aero theme, make no mistake: this is a full replacement operating system, and more than just “Vista done right.” From driver support to multitouch groundwork for the future, from better battery management to the most user-friendly interface Microsoft has ever had, Windows 7 is hardly half-baked.” -CNET.

    With all the possibilities and excitement swirling around what this new streamlined and highly polished OS will mean to the world of personal computing, one this is for certain… as adoption of Windows 7 grows, it will lead to unprecedented new opportunities for end-users, software publishers, and in fact the entire PC ecosystem.

    What does that mean for IDrive Online Backup? Lots of new data files to backup. IDrive is fully compatible with Windows 7.

  • SideKick’s lesson – Backup your data using IDrive Lite

    Here is a direct pick from the recent ComputerWorld article.

    After the Sidekick near-disaster, mobile phone users might be wondering if they should ever trust any cloud services to protect their vital data.

     

    On the face of it, there are some obvious lessons to be learned from the Sidekick snafu, even as Microsoft Corp. reported today that most of the data that was missing will be recovered from servers at its Danger Inc. subsidiary.

    The obvious lessons:

    1. Back up your mobile phone’s critical data independently – on a laptop, a desktop or a thumb drive.
    2. Raise questions about cloud computing and related services.
    3. Find out how your mobile device stores data, and make sure you understand it.
    4. When in doubt, refer to number 1.
    Forrester Research analyst James Staten said the Sidekick incident should serve as a reminder to users to back up critical data. “You can’t rely on these [cloud] services to be 100% available all the time,” he said in an interview. “This is not the first time something like this has happened and it won’t be the last time.”

    Not only is a backup of critical data imperative, users need to have a way to retrieve the backed-up data. “You need to think about the value of your data and what happens if the service is not available,” he said. There are many Internet-based services that can be a second backup version to the original backup, such as Plaxo, he said. Having the second one drastically reduces the odds of total loss.

    At larger companies, data backups are commonplace and often include information contained on wireless phones as well as desktop computers, analysts said. The issue becomes more difficult when IT shops trust users who put critical company data on personally-owned wireless phones that aren’t backed up.”

    For BlackBerries and iPhones at least, IDrive Lite offers a great option to backup your critical contacts information wirelessly independent of device maker/service provider options, the very first ‘lesson’ mentioned above.

  • Apple will be BIGGER than Microsoft in 2 years ?

    Apple posted BIG numbers today. A show case of brilliant idea, design and execution in this internet era.

    There are many articles highlighting this including this and this.

    Let us take a quick look at Apple’s Market Cap.  At its current after market price of $202.83, it is valued at some 180 Billion. If you look at its revenue growth rate and valuation growth rate over last few years, it easily outshines Microsoft, and even Google. It shows no sign of slowing down and has another major possible hit, a Tablet in the pipeline due possibly early next year.  It dominates the smartphone market field that is expected to be the epicenter of growth for the next decade.

    It is an easy guess for anyone that Apple will overshadow Microsoft in valuation at least in near future, possibly next 2 years.

    A thought that was unthinkable about a decade ago.

    Wow!

  • Is Android a fair business?

    We all know that the mobile space will be big over the next decade. Phones are becoming smarter, and can almost replace a PC for many tasks. SmartPhones, the likes of iPhones and Blackberries are the hottest trend.

    A lot of folks are predicting that Android, the free mobile OS from Google will be a big winner, in fact will overshadow iPhones and others. Here is a Techcrunch article on this. Many analysts are saying the same thing.

    Google gives this away free, so that it sits on most handsets, and Google in turn, will reap rewards in its core search business. But Is this a fair business?

    Let us evaluate this from a Mobile OS developer perspective. Assume you are a company developing mobile OS, which is still in a relatively nascent stage that will mature over the next decade. You are almost out of luck as you can not compete with something that is being given out free. You don’t have the underlying search business to compete.  This automatically locks you out of this potentially huge opportunity.

    This is no different than Microsoft creating Office software dominance using its Windows monopoly, except that it is done in a more polished way.

    It is great for consumers, no doubt, as this strategy drives the costs down, but the end result, is the same, that is creating a huge dominance of one company in a promising field with little chance of success for others.

    If Google wants to provide Android for free, that is fine. But there should be clear choice for users and handset manufacturers to choose the browser, the search engine, and the default apps they want on the device. This would probably create a more even field.

  • Backup your Cloud to IBackup to prevent a hole in the Cloud

    When T-Mobile/SideKick recently lost all their customer data,  at least based on what is published in leading technology blogs at GigaOm and Techcrunch, there is little chance of getting the data back. This shows the holes in the cloud strategy and proves that not all clouds are created equal, and some are outright incompetent.

    Our sister service, IBackup specializes in highly scalable backup solutions, for almost every platform including Linux, Windows and Mac. An online backup implementation of this critical SideKick data or database(s) to IBackup that can easily scale to multiple terabytes would  have prevented such a disaster.

    In addition, with the Hot Sites solution option available for IBackup, they could have had a replicated data at another site where you could set up an alternate site in the event of primary site failure in a matter of few minutes or hours.

    This T-Mobile/SideKick case showcases how a bad disaster recovery plan can ruin a good running cloud implementation.

  • New IDrive Ad “Bullet”

    We’ve launched a brand new IDrive TV ad today. It can be viewed on the front page of our website: http://www.idrive.com/ or here via Youtube.

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    We’ve also announced our new Twitter contest today. This time, in addition to the 14 daily prizes available, we are awarding 2 brand new MacBook Pro 13″ grand prizes.

  • IDrive & Snow Leopard

    With the advent of Apple’s latest and greatest OS, our team of expert QA engineers has optimized the compatibility of IDrive Online Backup to work beautifully with Snow Leopard. Users can download the latest release of IDrive Online Backup for Mac here.

  • New! IDrive Family Pack

    We have just released a new option for IDrive Online Backup customers – the IDrive Family Pack, which gives you 500GB of space and allows you to backup up to 5 PCs! The IDrive Family Pack option costs just $14.95/month. Sign up for a yearly plan and get two months included free (just $149.50/year). At IDrive, we strive to meet the growing demands of our customers and for those who were nearing or exceeding the 150GB limit of their IDrive Pro for Personal Use plans, this new offering will give those users over 3x the space (500GB) and more flexibility in backing up their home computer networks.

  • Apple buying Yelp makes perfect sense – in 6 months or less?

    Apple has been firing all cylinders, in every business they have been in past few years. In fact, almost a decade. This is unprecedented. Not even Google could do that.

    One thing that stands out for Apple compared to others in its size and magnitude is that it has not acquired any in the web space. Sure they did buy a chip company here and there, but web space? None. They are a big player on the web with its mobileme, in-house apps and third party apps. They also have 30 billion$ waiting in their wings. Steve Jobs himself made a mention that the cash cushion can be of use for good buyouts late last year, especially in this economy.

    Yelp. It is a fantastic story of linking local businesses to people, with location awareness. It absolutely fits Apple’s way of doing its micro-payment style business.  Add Apple’s solid micro-payment scheme, its huge itune user base, Yelp’s phenomenal growth and content of almost every business information with reviews around the block wherever you are, Apple will have another multi-billion$ solid winner. It could make yelp as critical as maps and have it on its prime real estate – the iPhone’s home page.

    Why it fits Apple more than anyone else? Consider other possible suitors. Facebook? They won’t pay as much or won’t be able to monetize it as much as Apple can although Robert Scoble seems to think Facebook is the right one. Google? Same story. The best fit for Yelp is the company with best web reach and device on the mobile platform. It can only be Apple. No one else. Google does not even come close with its Android platform way behind iPhone, nor is Facebook. With Yelp, Apple can add on-demand local businesses to its on-demand suite of music/videos/applications in an integrated way that could be a blockbuster.

    I predict Apple will buy Yelp in 6 months or less.

    Raghu Kulkarni, IDrive.com

  • Twitter MacBook Pro 13” Contest

    ** CONTEST UPDATE: August 10th, 2009 — Our contest has ended. Congrats to @matthewmedina25 (our grand prize winner) and @TheHenry, @emptynestegg, @rwillsey, @charlief (our secondary prize winners)! **

    IDrive Online Backup is having its BIGGEST and BEST Twitter contest yet. Enter to win a MacBook Pro 13” (Grand Prize) or 320GB IDrive Portable USB hard drives (Secondary Prizes). This contest will run Monday 8/3 to Friday 8/7.

    Entry is simple. Just include the #IDrive tag in any tweet on Twitter. Be as creative as you want with your tweet or just retweet our message below. Oh and don’t forget to follow @IDriveBackup to see if you’ve won!

    MSG: “MacBook Pro 13″ Giveaway from IDrive Online Backup! Be Creative! http://bit.ly/ZiMkM #IDrive”

    Click Here to Tweet this!

    Follow @IDriveBackup on Twitter

    There is no limit to how often you can tweet #IDrive so go crazy and have fun with it! Each time you tweet it, you will be entered into our drawing (no automated scripts or bots, this contest is meant to be fun). The winners will be chosen at random each day.

    Rules

    To be eligible, you must be over 16 years of age and have a Twitter account. Employees of IDrive Online Backup or any family members of said employees are not eligible. The contest will run from 12:01am Monday 8/3 to 11:59pm Friday 8/7.

    Winners will be selected at random and notified the following day (i.e. Monday’s winner will be notified Tuesday). Since there are no limits to the number of times you can tweet #IDrive, we’ll count ALL tweets as eligible for each prize. However, tweets that are found to have come from automated scripts or bots will be disqualified.

    The grand prize (1 in total) is a brand new MacBook Pro 13″ which we will purchase on your behalf and have delivered right to your doorstep (anywhere in the world). We will ship out the grand prize within 31 days of the contest closing date.

    The secondary prizes (4 in total) are 320GB IDrive Portable USB hard drives (see http://www.idrive.com/portable/). We will ship these within one week of the contest closing date, delivered right to your doorstep (anywhere in the world).

    IDrive Online Backup shall not be held liable for (a) any technical failures of any kind, (b) technical or human errors which may occur during the administration of the contest; (c) any malfunction of or damage to the prizes; or (d) any restrictions or delays imposed by any customs authorities or any import or other taxes imposed by any taxation authority in respect of the prizes.