IBM announced a raft of new Internet related products and services for small businesses on Thursday, including a $20 per month service that backs up a PC?s hard drive over the Internet.
The new PC Data Vaulting Service will back up users? files every time they connect their Windows 95, 98 or NT machines to the Net, and is targeted particularly at mobile and desktop users who do not have their own back up hardware.
A small piece of software automatically detects which files on a PC?s hard drive have changed and backs them up on IBM?s server the next time it goes online. To further reduce bandwidth, all data is compressed before it is sent over the Net and it is also encrypted for security.
An IBM spokesman said: "The interesting thing is that this technology only backs up those parts of files that have been changed."
He added that users who sign up for the service can instantly retrieve lost or deleted files and, for an additional fee, can also have the entire contents of their hard drive delivered to them on CD Rom overnight.
US customers can currently subscribe to the service on Big Blue?s Web site, but it is not being offered elsewhere for the time being.
IBM also announced three new software products for small businesses at the same time.
These include the IBM PerfectPhoto photo editing package that costs $39.95 and the Netobjects Toppage entry level Web authoring package that costs $59.95. Toppage was developed by IBM Japan, where, the company claims, it is currently the best selling tool of its kind.
IBM also launched Startup 2 for ebusiness, an upgrade that enables small businesses to create basic ecommerce sites, which costs $29.99.
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