German Internet hosting company, Strato, is taking on the online storage market by launching its own hosted service. Hi Drive, which is already available, offers UK users 500GB of storage.
Strato emphasised the security of its offering. "All services that we provide are under the strictest data privacy laws in Europe," said Rene Weinholtz, Strato's CIO, adding that the company also offers users a range of security options to ensure safe transfer of data.
"We started with the idea of four main features," added Weinholtz. "The service had to be secure; it had to be available from anywhere and through a range of devices; it had to be available for all types of data and it should be affordable."
HiDrive, which will compete with the likes of Mozy and DropBox, will offer the 500GB for an initial period but Weinholtz said that the company was expecting to launch other options in due course. "We're developing more products and sizing products for UK markets. In Germany we start with 100GB and scale up to 5TB, I expect we shall start offering British customers something similar.
There are a range of protocols supported, not just the HTTP and FTP that would be expected but also WebDAV, a protocol based on HTTP and Rsync.
The company has launched the service with an introductory of £9 for six months, although this is expected to increase to £19 after the end of this period.