Cloud Backup and Remote Access - The Official IDrive Blog

  • Backup your iPhone Photos with IDrive Photo Backup App

    We have just launched an iPhone App called IDrive Photo Backup that does wireless backup of your pictures on your iPhones, in addition to your contacts.

    The backed up pictures are accessible via web as well, and best of all, the app is FREE!

    IDrive Photo Backup along with IDrive Lite are possibly the most popular contacts and photo online backup applications for the iPhones today.

  • IDrive introduces Web based Backup Management

    IDrive Online Backup today has launched Web Based Backup Management.

    This means one can configure the data for backup, and the schedules remotely, without being in-front of your PC.  This even supports multiple PCs.

    This is a fantastic tool for managing multiple PCs backup for a Family, Business or a single PC or Server, from anywhere.

    Enabling this is simple. Right click the ‘Tray Icon’ for IDrive on your PC and check the ‘Web Management’ option. For details, see Web Management.

    IDrive is possibly the only service of its kind that supports online backup for PCs, Macs, smart-phones like iphones, blackberries and Android based.

  • RemotePC now works on iPhones!


    RemotePC , a sister service of our company has just announced the availability of an iPhone App called RemotePC Remote Desktop for the iPhones. The App essentially allows full remote access to a PC or Mac from anywhere. And it is free.

    As a company, our focus is on building the world’s best Online Backup, Storage and Remote Access solutions for all major platforms, and this is an exciting step in this direction.

  • 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!


    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


    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!


    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.