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  • IDriveSync now offers 5GB free!

    Hot on the heels of IDrive‘s free offer for 5GB, IDriveSync now offers 5GB of free storage.

    To provide a true feel for the functionality of sync and sync across multiple PCs and Macs, it was important to up the limit to 5GB. You can now store more pictures and data and sync across multiple computers for free.

    IDriveSync is possibly the fastest sync and share application, and Downloadsquad recently called it to be ‘more powerful and cheaper than dropbox’, a leading player in this segment.

    IDriveSync also offers unlimited sync storage at $4.95/month.

    Other recent improvements include better web based view of pictures and data, and fast search.

  • IDrive Online Backup now offers 5GB for free!

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    We have just upped the limit for the free option to 5GB from 2GB.

    We believe that to offer a better flavor of what IDrive Online Backup can do, it was necessary to up the limit. 2GB was too limiting.

    It is not just a numbers play. We believe in offering the best of class service and support, for our paid users as well as free.  This is why our email/chat/phone support is not just limited to paid users, but for our free users as well.

    We believe that when we achieve certain optimization in our operations, it is our responsibility to pass the benefit to our customers.

    We thank our users for all their support, and we wish you the best holidays this year.

    IDrive Team

  • Cloud storage and backup and the future

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    These days, unless you are living in a cave, almost everyone has heard of and is using cloud in some capacity. While the initial uses of the cloud, even before the term cloud became popular were for the basic purposes like email, it has now evolved and serves many functions.

    The usage of cloud, with broadband adoption moved to higher capacity and utilization for videos, documents, pictures and other types of data. Now even movies and TV shows are living essentially in the cloud as seen with the popularity of Netflix streaming, Apple TV/iTunes, Hulu among others.

    Pretty soon, there would be dedicated news publications that live only in the cloud (‘Daily‘ publication for the iPad by News Corp).

    Social Networks and the social graphs live in the cloud.

    Online Storage and Backup, an almost hobby service through the early part of this decade is now a main-stay service with large corporations including Symantec, EMC and others are now key players in this cloud segment.  Amazon S3 with its API based approach is another large player in this segment. While they certainly enjoy scale benefits that come naturally with being a large player, pure-play  online backup services like our own IDrive and IBackup are holding their own with our best in the class customer service, breadth of features and reasonable pricing; then there is Carbonite with its huge pile of cash raised from VCs, and possibly the easiest online backup service that is out there is a high growth player. EMC’s Mozy has a huge footprint in the industry as well with its EMC backing and innovative service.

    There is also the talk of online backup being directly integrated into Windows platform, starting with Windows 8. But this may be another 1-2 years away.

    It will be interested to see how the cloud storage shapes up in this decade, and especially the backup segment. Could Microsoft be the dark horse with its integrated backup with its Azure cloud platform? Or will it be the vision of David Friend of Carbonite  of making backup as ubiquitous as anti-virus services who will win the show, or would it be a fragmented play with everyone having a piece of a larger pie ?

    As Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook said recently, Web is mostly an unchartered territory if you look at the next decade.  We are just excited to be a player in one of the hottest segments of the web.

  • Special IDrive /IDrive Lite promotion!

    For a limited time, any new IDrive Lite account will automatically enable a  free 5GB account on IDrive Online Backup for Windows!

    In addition, if you run your first backup into your IDrive for Windows account, you will get a free $10 iTunes card!

    This is a limited time promotion.

    For details, please see Promo Offer.

  • RemotePC Host Application now for Mac!

    Hot on the heels of our iPad release for RemotePC Viewer, today we have released the RemotePC Host application for the Mac.

    This completes the broad platform capabilities of RemotePC product line. With hosts available for PC and Mac, and native viewers available for the PC, Mac and the iPad, RemotePC now provides a very compelling remote access solution for consumers and businesses. Added to this is the free RemotePC Lite app for the iPad that remotes to any PC and Mac on your Wifi/LAN for free.

    Way to go RemotePC Team!

  • IDriveSync for Mac released!

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    The fastest online sync application in the world, IDriveSync is now even better with its Mac release. The Windows and Macs versions are inter-operable and can sync to each other.

    The Mac version has the same features as its windows counter-part.

    – Fastest Sync performance compared to any other provider

    – Private Key encryption option for enhanced security

    – Option to sync data automatically on change from outside the ‘sync’ area ( For ex: your camera uploads can be configured to sync automatically every time without lifting a finger )

    – Offer the best Price in the segment – 2 GB free and $4.95/month for Unlimited, yes true unlimited with no bandwidth throttling

  • RemotePC remote access iPad App released

    And it is free!

    RemotePC‘s new iPad App is called RemotePC Remote Access and is now available via the iTunes store. You can connect to your PCs from anywhere on the internet via an iPad, and the app is free.

    This is hot on the heels of an earlier release of RemotePC Lite , an iPad App for accessing PCs and Macs on the LAN/WiFi network.

  • IDrive Lite for Android is now Location enabled

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    Hot on the heels of the iPhone IDrive Lite update to add Location tracking for opted in contacts, we have now updated the Android version of IDrive Lite to enable Location viewing for opted in contacts.

    Just as the iPhone, the functionality is very simple. You register for location tracking, and add the contacts who can see your location. That is it. You can see yourself and your contacts who have enabled to be seen by you on a map which is updated as and when there is a location change. We have optimized resource utilization, so enabling this will not be a big drain on your phone batteries.

    The web access at IDriveLite.com has been enhanced to provide the map view of contacts location as well.

  • IDrive Lite – now Location Enabled

    IDrive Lite has been a popular choice, and possibly the most popular contact backup application for the iPhones, Blackberries and Android phones.

    We have just released an update to the iPhone App that enables it to do Location.  It is not a Facebook  or a FourSquare type of  location where one checks-in. What it does is this:  With a strict permission based process, it allows one to view the location of their contacts. It is really easy to use. Give it a spin.

    Now why is Location added to a backup application?

    We backup digital data. We offer a safety-net for digital data. Providing opt-in location information of loved ones and friends is sort of a way of safety-net in the real world. We don’t think it is too far fetched.

    For details, view the demo on the IDrive Lite page.

  • Calling all Developers – IDrive EVS – Encrypted and Versioned Cloud Storage

    IDrive EVS is a new Cloud Storage System with Encryption on Storage, Versioning and Block level incremental transfers built-in for a highly efficient, secure and comes with easy to use APIs/Utilities.

    While it competes with S3, EVS is more of a specialized cloud storage as outlined above that S3 can not provide.

    Who can use this?

    Anyone who wants to develop a custom online backup, sync, sharing or transfer application for almost any platform including mobile devices can use IDrive EVS.

    For example, let us say you have a Scanner or a Medical Imaging device, and you want to push these highly confidential scanned documents immediately to the cloud for backup, you could write a custom app using IDrive EVS.

    We already have some demo applications listed on the site, for multiple platforms. Some of these include real time Quickbooks backup application for Macs , Pcs and a photo backup application for the iPhone.

    Initial 5GB of storage is free. We will shortly announce pricing plans for tiered storage and bandwidth.

    So developers, join, embrace and develop!