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  • IDrive Cloud Backup Rebrands Sync to Cloud Drive – Giving Users Access to all their Files in one Place from any Device

    IDrive Backup has announced the re-branding of their IDrive Sync feature to Cloud Drive, a service that enables users to sync files in real time across all their linked devices, access the files from anywhere, and share them with anybody.

    Cloud Drive syncs all the devices linked to an IDrive account so when a file is updated, it is available on all of the linked devices. The moment a file is modified, the update syncs to the local drive of the computers on which Cloud Drive is active as well as to the cloud, letting users access the latest version of their files locally via a web browser, and download them using the IDrive mobile apps.

    This is done by Cloud Drive creating a unique local folder on the computer where users add files to sync across devices in real time. Whenever a file is modified within this folder, the updates will reflect on all devices.

    With data centers around the globe, including newly opened ones in Oregon and Ireland, users can be sure that no matter where they are the Cloud Drive functionality will work smoothly.

    Users can sync files from the desktop app or mobile devices and access the files from Mac, PC, or via the web. They can also sync files directly from a web browser by signing into IDrive and simply dragging-and-dropping files to the sync folder. Users can also easily share the files with anybody via email.

    Along with Cloud Drive, IDrive offers many other helpful features to make protecting files simple, affordable, and convenient, including:

    • Multiple Device Backup – Backup unlimited PCs, Macs, iPhones, iPads and Android devices into a single account.
    • Snapshots and Versioning – Snapshots provide historical view of data for point-in-time recovery and help protect against ransomware. IDrive retains upto 30 previous versions of all files backed up to your account.
    • Security and Privacy – Transfer and store files with 256-bit AES encryption using a user-defined key that is not stored anywhere on the servers.
    • Continuous Data Protection – IDrive automatically recognizes the modified parts of files and backs them up.
    • Go Mobile – Access files backed up from PCs and Macs or synced from connected devices; protect mobile data with apps for iOS and Android.
    • True Archiving – No data is deleted from the IDrive online account until you manually delete or run ‘Archive Cleanup’ to match your computer data to your account.

    The Cloud Drive storage does not impact your backup storage, and matches your backup storage limit.

  • IDrive® e2 Accelerates Global Expansion with New Storage Regions in Canada, England, France, and Germany

    LOS ANGELES – August 24 , 2022 – IDrive Backup has added new edge locations for IDrive® e2 in Montreal, London, Paris, and Frankfurt, continuing to expand and offer customers all over the world an opportunity to utilize one of the fastest and most affordable S3 compatible cloud object storage solutions.

    Since the inception of IDrive® e2, there has been plenty of international demand for the service, prompting IDrive to continue to add data centers across the globe. These new data centers are the first IDrive® e2 has launched in these countries, drastically improving speeds for Canadian and European users when uploading their data.

    This enables users to point their data to the edge center closest to them for a faster network and ease of access, as well as retrieve their data based on their convenience. Data can be accessed via the IDrive® e2 web console or any S3 Compatible client such as MSP360, Veeam, Cyberduck, Rclone, Fastly, iconik, Arq, QNAP, Synology, Arcserve, Duplicati, WinSCP, NovaBackup or S3 Browser.

    With the addition of the new international locations, IDrive® e2 now has a total of 13 locations worldwide including 8 locations in the United States, giving users around the world access to a high-performance cloud object storage service.

    “We are proud to be expanding e2 across new international locations,” said Raghu Kulkarni, CEO of IDrive Inc. “As customers are looking for better performance and more cost effective alternatives, e2 meets those requirements and much more. Now any customer, partner or reseller within the EU can leverage IDrive e2, which is important for sensitive industries as e2 provides features that help organizations meet GDPR requirements.” 

    IDrive® e2 offers true affordability with the first 10GB free and pricing starting at $0.004/GB/month. IDrive® e2 costs 80% less than AWS S3 offering no fees for ingress or egress.

    About IDrive IDrive Inc. is a privately held company specializing in cloud storage, online backup, file sharing, remote access, compliance and related technologies. Core services include IDrive®, RemotePC™ and IBackup. The company’s services help over 4 million customers back up over 500 Petabytes of data.

  • RemotePC Earns PCMag Editors’ Choice for Remote Access with an Excellent 4-star review

    Having the ability to access one computer from another, also known as remote access, is pivotal in today’s day and age, providing people with the flexibility to work from anywhere based on their convenience, connect to a co-worker’s or relative’s computer to provide support, check on things when they’re on the road, and much more. 

    With so many remote access services available, it’s important to make sure that you’re choosing the right one for your needs. At the top of most users’ list is pricing, but just as important are the feature-set, plan options, performance, ease of use, and security, so doing your research and finding the right service can save you the trouble of having to switch to a more suitable service in the future.

    Fortunately, PCMag helped do some of that research for you with their latest RemotePC review, going into detail about everything you need to know to make an informed decision on why RemotePC could be the perfect solution for you.

    RemotePC is one of the most affordable options out there for consumers and businesses, with consumer plans starting at just $19.50/year. For smaller businesses, pricing starts at $79.50 for the SOHO plan, which offers unlimited licenses for access to 10 computers. The RemotePC Team plan offers access to 50 computers for $299.50/year, and the Enterprise plan allows access to 100 computers for $599.50/year. Add-on purchases are offered for all business accounts if extra computers are needed. 

    As PCMag puts it “RemotePC is the most affordable app we’ve reviewed in this category for business use.”

    RemotePC is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux on desktop, and the viewer application is available to iOS and Android mobile devices as well. The RemotePC performance viewer, which PCMag points out works every bit as well as TeamViewer at a fraction of the cost, operates at speeds up to 60fps, minimizing latency and allowing remote workers of all types to work efficiently from wherever they are.

    The web viewer for RemotePC is a unique feature for PCMag, letting users access their remote computer through the web from anywhere by just logging into the RemotePC website. Along with being able to access your remote desktop from mobile, this ensures that if a business emergency pops up, you can log in and resolve it no matter the circumstances.

    More features that led to RemotePC being at the top of PCMag’s list include:

    • File transfer – allows you to transfer files directly from a folder on one device to a folder on another
    • Whiteboarding – opens a window with pen and eraser so users can mark up the screen with notes
    • Text chat & Sticky Notes – lets you leave notes in case you make changes to a system while the user is away
    • RemotePC Meeting – connect and collaborate with your team from anywhere via online meeting and video conferencing

    PCMag makes sure to mention multiple times that if you are in need of remote access for business purposes, you need to check out RemotePC, offering great performance at the lowest price. Particularly for small businesses, RemotePC is an Editors’ Choice winner, with a year of RemotePC costing roughly the same as one month of TeamViewer.

    The final verdict from PCMag:

    “RemotePC is affordable but doesn’t skimp on quality. It performs well, especially between Windows computers, and its business plans cost much less than the competition.”

  • RemotePC earns PCWorld’s Editor’s Choice for Remote Desktop Software

    The need for a reliable remote desktop access solution is widespread these days, especially as businesses of all sizes continue to have their employees work from home. This requires a service that is affordable, feature-packed, and reliable, and according to PCWorld, RemotePC is one of the best choices available for all your remote access needs.

    When it comes to the basics of remote access, RemotePC more than has you covered, as PCWorld points out by referring to RemotePC as “the big dog of remote desktop and backup.” With the ability to easily connect to your host computer or server from the RemotePC desktop application or even a web browser, it really is a simple process to connect and complete your tasks from anywhere. RemotePC supports Windows, macOS, Linux, and Android, making it a truly versatile and helpful solution for anybody.

    Another thing that stood out to PCWorld is that as a backup company, IDrive is able to offer something extremely helpful with RemotePC that other remote access companies can’t, which is a cloud backup subscription with a generous 3TB of storage space for just $6 for your first year. So not only can you access your remote devices from anywhere, you can also backup all the critical data on these devices using IDrive’s award-winning cloud backup service.

    When it comes to features, RemotePC is clearly among the best, including features that PCWorld found to be extremely helpful such as:

    • Multi-monitor support with mapping to local displays
    • Drag-and-drop file transfer between the local and remote computers
    • Screen recording
    • Remote sound and printing
    • Whiteboard (drawing on display)
    • Chat
    • Screen capture of remote sessions
    • RemotePC Meeting – online meeting service (Skype, Zoom, etc.)

    The performance aspect of RemotePC is something that really stood out to PCWorld, pointing out that the speed with which RemotePC connected and transferred files is top notch, and navigating menus and windows on the remote device is smooth. In fact, the review points out that RemotePC is on par performance-wise with some of the bigger name and more expensive services available.

    The final verdict from PCWorld:

    “There are of course free remote solutions, but RemotePC offers so much additional functionality (free and pay), and performs so well, that I’d recommend it for even the average user if the free stuff has proven frustrating. It should of course be on the short list for any IT department.”

    Thank you to PCWorld for the great review!

  • PCWorld and Tom’s Guide shout out IDrive as one of the best free Local Backup tools

    When it comes to protecting your data, whether you’re an individual or a business, having an external hard drive or NAS device for local backups is a great way to ensure that if data is lost on your primary device, it can quickly be recovered in case of a data loss disaster. 

    Of course, as a cloud backup company, we highly recommend backing up your data to the cloud along with your local backups so you have multiple layers of protection, making IDrive the perfect solution to give you peace of mind that your important personal or business data is safe in multiple locations.

    According to PCWorld, IDrive’s local backup tool is a straightforward and effective way to make copies of your most important data to a hard drive that you control, allowing for quick restores as needed, and it’s free for 10GB of storage space.

    PCWorld points out that it’s very easy to use, with users simply having to create an account and select the option to “Backup file to local, Wi-Fi, or Express” devices, then choose your desired backup location from the dropdown menu. 

    Obviously, backup is only effective if it’s happening regularly, which is why IDrive’s scheduling feature is hugely beneficial, letting you schedule regular backups that will run automatically so you don’t have to worry about remembering to do it manually. Email notifications will let you know when your backups run or if they fail for any reason.

    In fact, regularly backing up your data in multiple locations is so important that Tom’s Guide equates it to regularly changing your passwords to keep you safe from cyber attacks. It’s simply a measure that must be taken if you want complete security for your digital life.

    Tom’s Guide mentions that being able to automate this process is something that makes backing up with IDrive a no-brainer, and just like PCWorld, Tom’s Guide recommends using IDrive to backup your local drives including external hard drives, network attached storage (NAS) devices, and even USB drives.

    Apart from local backups, PCWorld highlighted that IDrive is one of the best options available for cloud backups with a great deal available for IDrive Photos, which comes with 1TB of cloud storage for your computer along with unlimited photo backups from iPhone and Android devices for just $10/year.

    Sign up for IDrive today and have peace of mind that your data is protected, both locally and in the cloud!

  • IDrive® Compute Expands Internationally, adds more Edge Computing Locations throughout Europe

    IDrive® Compute, a high-performance VPS hosting solution from IDrive Backup with an international network of edge computing locations, has expanded even more by adding a number of data centers throughout Europe. This enables developers and businesses based all over Europe to host multiple virtual instances on an infrastructure loaded with powerful physical servers and robust hardware resources, all managed off-premise at the edge location closest to them for optimal performance.

    As IDrive® Compute continues to grow and become more popular among users all over the world, the company made it a priority to add these data centers to ensure that these users receive a faster response when collecting, analyzing and passing through data, instead of directing it to a centralized cloud or server.

    The new edge locations which are spread throughout Europe are London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, and Madrid, solidifying efficient business operations for users across the EU, and promoting a high-performance business ecosystem to maximize productivity. 

    Following the addition of the Dublin edge center, one of the reasons IDrive chose to expand more throughout Europe other than providing all users with the fastest possible performance, is due to the increasing procurement of renewable energy for data centers, which is currently driving the data center power market in Europe according to the Europe Data Center Power Market – Industry Outlook & Forecast 2022-2027.

    With IDrive® Compute, businesses and developers can create and manage multiple virtual machines, run projects with little to no latency, schedule backups for the instances, take real-time snapshots, and add more space to them with block-storage. The VPS infrastructure lets users accommodate computing projects of any scale and size.

    IDrive® Compute offers pay-as-you-use pricing with on-demand scalability, which offers businesses the ability to scale their computing infrastructure as needed. Pricing remains consistent across all regions, with no hidden charges for specific regions.

  • IDrive® e2 adds Edge Location in Dublin, offering EU users the Fastest S3 Compatible Cloud Object Storage Solution

    IDrive Backup has added a new edge location for IDrive® e2 in Dublin, Ireland, allowing EU users to take advantage of the most affordable and possibly the fastest S3 compatible cloud object storage solution.

    Since IDrive launched IDrive® e2 in April, 2022, there have been plenty of requests internationally for the service, so IDrive expanded the solution to Ireland to give EU users access to the same exceptional performance that users in the US receive.

    This enables EU users to point their data to the edge center closest to them for a faster network and ease of access, and retrieve their data based on their convenience using associated access and a secret key. Data can be accessed via the IDrive® e2 web console or a third-party tool such as MSP360, Veeam, Cyberduck, Cloudflare, Fastly, iconik, Arq, QNAP, Synology, Arcserve, Duplicati, WinSCP, and S3 Browser.

    Dublin was an ideal choice due to low-cost cooling options and availability, as well as their renewable energy supply. According to a recent report from SEAI, renewable energy accounts for over 40% of Ireland’s energy mix, with that figure predicted to rise to 70% by 2030, making Ireland a very desirable location for expansion.

    IDrive® e2 is a scalable and durable cloud-object storage platform that stores petabytes of data on pay-per-use pricing. It is suitable for hosting applications, media workflow, gaming assets, e-commerce resources, and other large volumes of data.

    The service is the most affordable S3 compatible object storage solution on the market, with the first 10GB free and pricing starting at $0.004/GB/month. IDrive® e2 costs 80% less than AWS S3 offering no fees for ingress or egress.

  • IDrive Wins Best Overall Online Backup from PCWorld, Awarded 4.5/5 Stars from Tom’s Guide

    Signing up for a reliable cloud backup service like IDrive is the most effective way to protect your personal or business data from disasters that could cause you to lose everything on your computer or mobile device. Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye, and as PCWorld points out, most people stand to lose a tremendous amount of data if any of their devices are rendered inoperable and data unrecoverable. 

    In PCWorld’s latest annual breakdown of the best online backup services, which includes many exceptional products that all have their own unique selling points, IDrive once again was chosen as the best overall online cloud backup solution.

    PCWorld points out that IDrive is one of the only providers that still offers a free plan. IDrive also offers 5TB and 10TB plan sizes for personal users, as well as Enterprise and Team plans which include more business-oriented features, allowing admins to manage users and more.

    Along with competitive pricing, IDrive has many features that help to make it the perfect overall backup solution for any type of user, including:

    • Continuous Data Protection (CDP) – automatically backs up changes made to files
    • Support for Windows, OS X, Android, iOS, and various NAS devices 
    • Snapshots – restore data to a specific point in time
    • IDrive Express – a two-way physical shipment service for faster backups and restores
    • Sync – IDrive links all of your devices so whenever a file is updated, it is available on all linked devices
    • Share files with anyone
    • Ability to back up to local drives

    The final verdict from PCWorld:

    IDrive has you covered six ways to Sunday when it comes to backup. Online, local, sync, snapshots, shipping hard drives to you for quicker recovery… You name it, the company does it. Not the cheapest service, but easily the most comprehensive.

    Keeping up with the theme of great reviews, IDrive is proud to have received an exceptional 4.5/5 star review from Tom’s Guide, who consistently include IDrive among the best cloud backup solutions.

    Some key features of IDrive that made us stand out from the rest:

    • Backup files from an unlimited number of computers, mobile devices, and connected hard drives or NAS drives. For businesses, IDrive can also back up SQL, SharePoint, Exchange, and Linux servers.
    • IDrive makes it easy to schedule backups from your devices. You can schedule backups daily or on specific days of the week, and set starting times for your backups.
    • IDrive supports file sharing through links. Each share link can be customized with an expiration date (up to 30 days), or maximum number of downloads (up to 25 times). You can also add a password to protect share links.
    • IDrive Express is a service included with all IDrive plans. With IDrive Express, you can request that the company sends you a physical hard drive, transfer your data to the drive, then send it back to IDrive for faster uploads to the cloud
    • Includes 2FA and end-to-end encryption to keep your files secure.

    The final word from Tom’s Guide:

    IDrive is one of the best cloud storage and best cloud backup services we’ve seen for individual use, with support for up to 10TB at prices that few competitors can match. You can use IDrive across all of your devices, including mobile devices and external storage drives. The platform supports simple file sharing and scheduled backups, and offers end-to-end encryption to keep all of your data secure.

  • IDrive® e2 – World’s fastest S3 compatible storage, at an amazing price point, at more locations than anyone

    At IDrive, we always strive to create solutions that meet or exceed expectations. We routinely win most cloud backup comparative tests, in performance, price, functionality, and our users agree too. This is what excites us the most.

    Today IDrive is one of the leading cloud backup services in the world, thanks to the support of our users. So, we decided to take this idea to the plumbing of storage, and explore to see if we can replicate our success here.

    Why now? you may ask. S3 came into being nearly 15 years ago, and some recent ones like Wasabi and B2 happened at least 6-7 years ago.

    Here is why. We now host and manage over 500 Petabytes of Storage for our cloud backup services, with 1000s of servers. We know how to do this efficiently, profitably, securely while providing great performance at a great price. Sure there are discounted S3 compatible storage options, but you are compromising on performance and features, substantially.

    We believe that users don’t have to compromise on performance and features for a discounted S3 compatible storage.

    What is IDrive®  e2?

    IDrive® e2 is an S3 compatible, scalable cloud-object storage platform that supports storing data in the cloud, off-site disaster recovery, an active and accessible data archive, and long term storage. It is a suitable and affordable solution for hosting applications, media workflow, gaming assets, e-commerce resources, and other large volumes of data.

    IDrive® e2 is an extremely versatile solution, making it easy for any type of user to store their data. For example, developers can use it to have access to large amounts of storage space that’s needed for their applications. IT admins can use it to store corporate data and backup servers, having the data ready if it needs to be restored. Even individuals who require large amounts of storage space for their files will find e2 beneficial, as they can store and share all their files while only paying for the space they need.

    It supports object locking, bringing immutability for protection from cybersecurity threats.

    How much does it cost?

    With a straightforward, tierless pricing approach, IDrive® e2 is the most affordable object storage solution available, with the first 10GB free and pricing starting at $0.004/GB/month. The service costs 80% less than AWS S3 with no ingress/egress fees, as well as being one of the few solutions available that does not charge an extra fee for downloading data. There are yearly plans as well with even more discounts.

    Fastest performance – we can prove it!

    With 8 edge locations across the US, IDrive® e2 is able to offer the fastest performance available, letting users point their data to the edge center closest to them for fast access.

    You’re probably wondering, how can we be the fastest AND most affordable service available? Go ahead and run a speed test and see for yourself!

    Applications

    Users can use their favorite S3 based Apps for backup, data migration, restores, streaming and more. A shortlist of such tools include MSP360, Veeam, Cyberduck, Cloudflare, Fastly, Iconik, Arq, QNAP, Synology, Reclone.org, Arcserve, Duplicati, WinSCP, and S3 Browser.

    Security

    IDrive® e2 transmits all files using an encrypted TLS connection. If you’re a developer, we highly encourage you to add your own encryption to your files before transmitting them to e2. Developers can also set Server-Side Encryption on e2 buckets.

    Data is stored in enterprise-class data centers equipped with state-of-the-art facilities — custom-designed elevated floors, HVAC temperature control systems with designated cooling zones, seismically-braced racks — and physical security features. The data centers are periodically checked for vulnerabilities in the network infrastructure with third-party audits. 

  • IDrive Photos now Including 1TB of Cloud Backup for Computers with Unlimited Mobile Photo/Video Backup for just $9.95/year

    IDrive Backup has made a valuable addition to their IDrive Photos plan, now letting users backup and secure 1TB of PC/Mac data along with the unlimited mobile photo/video plan that was already being offered.

    IDrive Photos was already the most affordable photo and video backup solution on the market, offering unlimited, full-resolution storage space so users can back up their entire mobile library for just $9.95/year, users can sign up directly from the IDrive website and receive a 90% off first year discount for just 99 cents. Compared with competing services such as iCloud and Google Photos which don’t offer unlimited storage, IDrive Photos is by far the most cost-effective service available today as Google Photos who offer 100GB of storage for $1.99 per month or even iCloud with their 50GB of storage space for $2.99 per month.

    With the addition of 1TB of PC/Mac data backup space for no extra charge, IDrive is ensuring that users can secure their most critical files from their computers as well, making it the perfect solution to have peace of mind that all of their data is protected, from mobile devices to laptops and desktops.

    Along with being the most affordable, IDrive Photos offers plenty of features that make protecting and organizing your mobile photos and videos simple and convenient, including:

    • Unlimited, full resolution photo and video backup 
    • Restore from anywhere – download photos and videos from IDrive Photos account to any device
    • Share Photos/Videos online – effortlessly share photos/videos with friends and family through the IDrive Photos app
    • Timeline View – photos are organized by date, making it easy to view photos from a specific period
    • Auto-upload – ensures all new photos/videos are automatically uploaded from the device to the IDrive Photos account
    • Favorites – create a “favorites” album for faster access to favorite photos/videos

    To get started with IDrive Photos, new users simply have to download the application on their iOS or Android device, create an account and sign-in, and allow access to all the photos and videos on the device to enable automatic backup.