Business continuity provider Datto has unveiled a file sync and share service aimed at small to medium business (SMB) customers, claiming to offer a low £10 per terabyte per month for an unlimited number of users.
Available immediately, Datto Drive is intended to meet the need for shared file storage to enable co-workers to collaborate on documents and share information. However, the firm claimed that many file sync and share services are too costly for many smaller companies, and is aiming to fill this gap in the market.
"When small businesses look at the current file sync and share options, there are services out there that cost £11 per user per month, whereas Datto is offering enterprise-grade file sync and share at just £10 per month per domain, which is significantly less expensive," said Datto EMEA managing director Andrew Stuart.
The first million businesses to sign up for Datto Drive will get the first terabyte of storage for free for the first year, according to the firm.
Datto already provides backup, recovery and business continuity services through its own cloud storage platform, which has over 200PB of capacity spread across nine data centres worldwide. The services are delivered to customers via a network of managed service providers.
Datto Drive will follow the same model, but is being delivered initially to UK customers with files stored in a data centre in Iceland. However, the company has plans to roll out worldwide over the coming months.
The platform is apparently based on the open source OwnCloud file sync and share software running on Datto's infrastructure.
"Datto Drive was built leveraging OwnCloud, a powerful FSS solution for businesses, and through Datto's partnership with OwnCloud, and we're offering file sync and share through the channel at a very disruptive price," Stuart said.
"Since we'll be using Datto's own 200-plus petabyte cloud, we're able to pass savings down so that Datto Drive is offered to SMBs at a significantly lower price compared to Box and Dropbox."
The company said that additional versions of Datto Drive are planned which will provide more storage as well as access to Datto's award-winning 24/7/365 support and other configurable options.
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