Yahoo wipes out small business hosted storage limits

Yahoo has introduced a new monthly web hosting service for small and medium sized businesses, which provides unlimited hosted storage capacity and bandwidth.

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Yahoo has introduced a new monthly web hosting service for small and medium sized businesses, which provides unlimited hosted storage capacity and bandwidth.

Subscribers to the new service, priced at $11.95 a month, are free to take up as much disk space on Yahoo's servers as they need to transfer data, store information or secure email without fear of shrinking capacity restrictions, the company said. The service is currently only available in the US.

Previously, Yahoo had charged companies $12 a month for 5GB of disk space and 200GB of bandwidth per month, $20 a for 10Gb disk space and 400GB bandwidth, and $40 for 20GB disk space and 500GB bandwidth, according to Guy Yalif, director web hosting products at Yahoo.

The company, which is currently a £22bn takeover target for Microsoft, has 1.5 million small business customers who will soon receive instructions on how to migrate to the new model.

Yalif said the company has enough capacity to handle the increasing requirements, though he declined to provide details. The service was not designed to be a "hard drive" in the sky, he said, but rather a mechanism to help the small business users quickly get in line with growing online demands. He said Yahoo will monitor the service to prevent any illegal activities.

Kaitlyn Sharp, chief executive at Houston-based Custom Plumbing & Hardware has used Yahoo web Hosting for a year to support her decorative hardware and plumbing showroom business. The new service eliminates any need to postpone new efforts due to limited storage capacity.

"I'm thinking about doing maybe some online sales and putting a lot more detail in the system. But people were saying 'you have to have a lot of storage [for that], you sure you can keep this on Yahoo?' At least I don't' have to worry about that anymore," she said.

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