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Latest Online Backup News and Links

Latest Online Backup News and Links

I am currently on holidays with my family but wanted to quickly highlight a few note worthy items that have taken place in online backup over the last week or so.


Backblaze Announces Funding
Backblaze recently announced that is has secured 5 million in funding. They made the announcement on their blog. I have admired Backblaze for being bootstrapped this whole time while still being profitable. Considering some of the bigger companies they are competing against like EMC’s Mozy or even Carbonite. Mozy who decided unlimited storage was not profitable and Carbonite who I don’t think has turned a profit yet.

For users of Backblaze this is good news since the funding will help Backblaze grow faster. Perhaps more staff to help program a new Linux version, mobile apps and additional support are all possibilities. It will be great to see how they grow in the next 6 months.

If Backblaze ever went for an IPO I would be tempted to buy some of their stock.

IDriveSync is Back
IDrive has re-imagined IDriveSync, their online syncing and sharing service. I have not had a chance to try the new service out but it looks promising with the addition of encryption, even support for private keys. That feature alone could make it worth checking out over Dropbox. Unfortunately it looks like you need a separate account from your IDrive or IBackup account. It would be nice if IDrive rolled all of the features into one product instead of breaking them all apart. It just starts to get confusing. They do offer a 5GB free plan so you can try them out with out costing anything. Check out for a free account.

Google Drive Taking Off
I read a great article on PandoDaily about how startups are getting a huge boost by intergrating Google Drive into their services. One of those posts I wish I have written. Take a few minutes and check out the post “In Battle For Your Files, Google Drive Gets a Jump on Dropbox” by Hamish McKenzie.

InSync for Linux and Gmail
Google Drive has still not offered a Linux client, but my favorite Google Drive syncing software, InSync has! I will be giving it a try as soon as I get back from my holidays. Not only do they have a new Linux client they have also launched a way for you to automatically have attachments from your GMail to be synced to your Google Drive or even Dropbox.

Below are some videos of the new InSync features. Perhaps Google should buy them, what am I saying that would just ruin a company that is actually innovating.

SpiderOak Celebrates System Administrator Appreciation Day!
There is a day for everything I guess. System administrators desired some extra attention though and SpiderOak has a game just for SysAdmins to help them earn an extra 5GB of free storage space with SpiderOak. Check out all the details on the SpiderOak blog post and if you are up to the challenge try it out.

I am off to enjoy the rest of my day with my family and my holiday. If I hear of any interesting news and I have time I will post.






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