IDrive Offers Universal Cloud Backup For Unlimited Number Of DevicesBy: Drew Bowling - January 16, 2012
IDrive announced today that they will be offering a single plan with which subscribers can back up an unlimited number of PCs, Macs, Smartphones and Tablets. The plans are branched into two categories: home/personal users and business users. For the personal users, available plans ar $4.95/month for 150 GBs and $14.95/month for 500 GBs. Additionally, personal users may subscribe and receive their first 5GB for free. Under the business plan, subscribers can get anywhere from 50 GBs of storage for $9.95/month to 1 TB for $79.95/month.
“We’re excited about the latest updates to IDrive,” said Raghu Kulkarni, founder and CEO of Pro Softnet Corp. “With a single account new customers can back up as many computers and mobile devices as they want and then view their files from any of those connected devices or on our website. Plus, the mobile app can now back up contacts, photos and videos and make them available online as well.”
“Many backup services offer ‘unlimited’ storage space for a single computer at a flat rate, like $50 per year per computer – it sounds like a good deal at first, but back up 100 GBs from that one computer and you pay $50/year, back up just 50 GBs and you still have to pay $50/year: that’s where they get you,” said Stephen Gold, Business Development Manager. “Not only that, ‘unlimited’ storage plans almost always have very limited file retention, meaning they automatically remove data from your backup after you delete the files from your computer, usually just 30 days later. The question is, ‘What use is a backup that doesn’t contain files you accidentally deleted, say, six months ago?’ On the other hand, IDrive allows people to actually use all of the online storage they are paying for.”
For those unfamiliar with IDrive’s stats, a quick run-down of their features:
IDrive also has a mobile app available so users can access their account and share files when they’re away from their computers. Users can back up contact information, photos and videos over a Wi-Fi or 3G connection to the IDrive cloud from iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices running iOS 4.0 or later as well as Google Android devices running 1.6 or later. The information is then made available via other connected computers and mobile devices as well as on the IDrive website.