HP intro’s their in-the-cloud data storage plan; Upline

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HP Upline

With more and more people working on the go and from multiple computers, in-the-cloud storage options are becoming more and more common to see. The latest is the Upline and it comes courtesy of HP. Upline is set up nicely for individual consumers and small business customers alike and offers file sharing, remote access, file publishing, local archiving, data migration and a dashboard set up for multiple users.

Users can access or upload files via a web interface that seems to work on any Internet connected computer (I tested it using Firefox 3 beta 5 on a Mac) or using the Upline program which can be downloaded to any computer running Windows 2000, XP or Vista.

Perhaps the best news of all is that with the recent introduction, HP is (for a limited time) offering new users one-year of access for free. Aside from the free trial, HP also offers a 1-user Home plan for $4.99 a month, a 3-user Family plan for $6.99 a month and a 3-100 user Professional plan for $8.99 a month.

Read [HP Upline] Via [jkOnTheRun]

From the HP Press Release:

HP Upline users have access to a variety of tools, including:

· File sharing and remote access – share files of any size by emailing a password protected and time-limited link rather than an attachment.

· Remote access – enjoy greater productivity on the go with the ability to open, edit, share and publish files from any Internet-connected PC using a secured log-in and password.

· File publishing – publicly share data by easily generating a URL to publish content to a website or blog; automatically refresh files published to multiple locations to keep public data current.

· Local archiving – create archive copies of files that can be saved to a CD, DVD, NAS, USB drive or a second partition on a hard drive.

· Data migration – easily migrate files to a new PC.

· Multi-user dashboard – easily set up, manage and track the usage of employee accounts within a small business.

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  • Piyush Bakshi

    Online data storage offered by a vendor of a hardware product; I thought this was the domain of dedicated vendors. Will this make small portable data storage devices obsolete? Of course, its a nice revenue earner for the company but one must check if there is any kind of lock-in involved, what if you want "out" of that service after some time? Does that come at a price?

  • Name

    Upline is turning out to be Dnline.

    When the service goes down even the 24/7 phone support goes down with it!

  • Pink Laptops

    Yeh good effort by HP. I'm not convinced by clouds though, I mean even google had to close down their wave cloud service. Push the boundaries and a good solution will present itself.