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HP unveils unlimited online storage for SOHO market



Posted by: Beth Pariseau
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HP has taken the wraps off a new online storage service for consumers and small offices, called HP Upline. The service has three levels: Home and Home Office, Family Account and Professional Account. Home accounts include one license, unlimited storage, online backup and basic support for $59 per year; a family account adds 3 licenses and a management dashboard for $149 per year; and a professional account gets 3 licenses, expandable to 100, as well as priority support.

The product is limited to PCs and doesn’t include some of the more advanced features being offered by online storage services such as file versioning. However, it does offer users the ability to tag content for later search and share, and to publish files online using the service through a feature called the Upline Library.

Like most online storage offerings to date, this offering is small in scale and limited in its features when compared with on-premise products. Most analysts and vendors say online storage will be limited by bandwidth constraints and security concerns to the low end of the market, with most services on the market looking a lot like HP Upline. Symantec has focused its backup software as a service (SaaS) within its Windows-centric Backup Exec product, traditionally sold into smaller shops; EMC’s Mozy Enterprise service, despite the name, is at this point recommended only for workstation-level backup. However, a “hybrid” approach for larger shops is now being proposed by EMC.

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  • JEnNy
    On the subject of online backup and storage ... Online backup is becoming common these days. It is estimated that 70-75% of all PC's will be connected to online backup services with in the next decade. Thousands of online backup companies exist, from one guy operating in his apartment to fortune 500 companies. Choosing the best online backup company will be very confusing and difficult. One website I find very helpful in making a decision to pick an online backup company is: http://www.BackupReview.info Have a look here, too: http://www.backupreview.info/index.php?pid=read_article&article_id=9 This site lists more than 400 online backup companies in its directory and ranks the top 25 on a monthly basis.
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  • Beth Pariseau
    [...] Recently, Beth Pariseau wrote in her blog post HP unveils unlimited online storage for SOHO market that bandwidth is one of the hurdles in adoption of online backup services. Like most online storage offerings to date, this offering is small in scale and limited in its features when compared with on-premise products. Most analysts and vendors say online storage will be limited by bandwidth constraints and security concerns to the low end of the market, with most services on the market looking a lot like HP Upline. [...]
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