Data protection company, Datto, is expanding its services with a new file syncing and sharing product named Datto Drive.
The service is aimed specifically at the small and medium sized businesses (SMB) market, a group that struggles to pay the pricing options of bigger providers. To encourage businesses to sign up, the company is giving away a free year of Data Drive service instances (worth 1TB) — to the first one million customers.
Data Drive: Pricing and Features
While most companies charge a fee per user a month, Datto Drive will be priced at $10 per terabyte a month, giving access to an unlimited number of users in an organization.
In its press release on the launch of Data Drive, Datto founder and CEO Austin McChord, was quoted saying:
“Current file sync and share services are overpriced solutions for small businesses. Anyone who’s paying hundreds or thousands of dollars every month for FSS will immediately see Datto Drive as a welcome alternative”
Premium accounts are available and include extra storage and additional benefits — such as 24/7 support.
Features of the new service include:
- Availability from multiple devices (managed by IT) to minimize business risk
- File sharing with people outside of the company without recipient registration
- File sharing activity audit features for access management and control
- Datto Drive Sync is available for Windows, Apple OSX and Linux hardware and services
- Rollback and recovery options on Datto cloud for safeguarding data
- Ability to view and organize digital assets within the Datto cloud via common utilities
Datto Drive Built on ownCloud
Datto Drive is built on the ownCloud FSS open source platform.
Datto is an ownCloud partner, as news of the partnership was posted on the company’s blog, with the note that Datto uses feedback from the ownCloud community to adjust and strengthen its product.
Configuration options include:
- Selective Folder Synchronization
- Synchronization Thresholds
- Bandwidth Throttling
- Multiple User account support
In his post announcing Datto Drive, McChord, noted the need for open FSS tools that aren’t part of a package, complimenting ownCloud :
OwnCloud FSS (the powerful platform we’ve used for Datto Drive) offers enterprise-class functionality that can be configured to meet the needs of any business.
A webinar is scheduled fon May 5th, for SMB and Managed Service Providers, wishing to learn more.
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