There is no doubt the worst part of cloud backup is the initial upload of all your data. Once you get your initial backup uploaded it can be a pretty quick process but if you have a large initial upload it can take a long time. One of the ways many companies get around that long, slow, upload process is to seed the initial backup by adding data through a seed drive. The process is pretty simple really, the company sends you a hard drive, you fill it up with your data and ship it back. Your data from the drive is then added to your backup and only the changed files are uploaded after that. A larger version of what could be called sneaker net.
IDrive is one of only a few companies that offer this type of seed drive service. Previously the IDrive Express Program was only available to customers based in the United States, but with this announcement IDrive will be offering their Express program not only in the United States but also Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Australia and the United Kingdom.
This sneaker net upload is a great way to get around the larger problem of slow upload speeds until all of us are on fiber connections with fast uploads. You can order an IDrive Express drive from the IDrive website after you sign up for the service.
For more information the full press release is available below.
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IDrive Expands its Express Program to International Customers
LOS ANGELES,¬†May 15, 2014¬†/PRNewswire/ –¬†IDrive¬†Inc., a leading online backup and cloud storage provider, today announced the¬†expansion of its¬†IDrive Express¬†service to their international customers. This move will enable their customers worldwide to upload large amounts of data to the cloud faster than ever, as IDrive will ship an external hard drive (up to 3TB) with pre-installed software.
“IDrive Express is a critical service for consumers and businesses looking to get their data to the cloud faster,” said¬†Raghu Kulkarni, CEO of IDrive. “With our experience and logistical expertise in cloud seeding, we are one of the only providers offering such a service, we want to meet this demand head-on while offering it as no cost to our users.”
Demand for the IDrive Express service to go international is growing; IDrive is¬†consistently receiving requests from new and current international customers who are frustrated with their slow Internet upload speeds.
The IDrive Express service is available for free, once a year for Pro Personal customers, three times a year for Pro Business customers in the following countries:¬†USA,¬†Canada,¬†Germany,¬†France,¬†Italy,¬†Australia¬†and the U.K. Other features of IDrive Express include:¬†cross-platform compatibility with Windows, Mac, and Linux,¬†data encrypted with 256-bit AES Encryption with the option for private key throughout the shipping process and no bandwidth usage during data upload to IDrive servers.
IDrive Inc.¬†is a privately held company specializing in cloud storage,¬†online backup, file sharing, remote access, compliance, sync and related technologies. Core services include¬†IDrive¬Æ,¬†IBackup¬Æ,¬†RemotePC‚Ñ¢¬†and¬†EVS¬†for developers. The company’s services help over 2 million customers back up over 45 Petabytes of data.
SOURCE IDrive Inc.