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No disaster recovery for free Web storage services

image On the heels of MediaMax/TheLinkUp shuttering its doors, TechCrunch reports that AOL will close down two of the more well-conceived online storage experiences, XDrive and Bluestring. The former gave away five gigabytes of online storage space accessible via the Web as well as a Windows and promising Adobe AIR application. This may actually mark Xdrive’s second death as the original version offering free storage went down during the dotcom bust along with competitors iDrive, Netdrive and others. The latter was another personal media sharing site albeit one that provided automatic uploading of content folders to the Web for free.

What killed them? Storage is cheap but bandwidth is expensive. Microsoft is still offering a little bit of storage space in the cloud via Windows Live SkyDrive and of course there are a number of subscription-based backup plays like Mozy and Carbonite. And Cucku gets around the hosting problem by enabling consumers to back up their hard drives to a friend for free. But none of the online backup plays have very robust media sharing features yet.

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  1. Tom Bassett Tom Bassett July 25, 2008

    Nirvanix is next.

    I am in the process of contacting current Nirvanix corporate customers and warning them about what happened. Mediamax didn’t go under because of their poor business model – they went under because of the gross incompetence of their spin-off/subsidiary company Nirvanix. It was Nirvanix’s terrible mistake that began the process, and I believe, will be repeated. Nirvanix is being run by the same people who deleted entire terabytes of customer data in an “engineering error” – watch out, it WILL happen again, and it won’t be funny when it is your files.

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