During its keynote on Wednesday, Shadow presented its brand new secure online storage service. Shadow Drive will be open to everyone, in both free and premium versions. The first stone of a new philosophy of the French company which wants to diversify even more around cloud computing.
Alongside the Power option unveiled during its keynote on Wednesday, the specialist in cloud computing unveiled Shadow Drive, its first secure online storage solution designed with Nextcloud, a leader in file sharing platforms. A project which originates from the foundations of hubiC, the former service formerly bought by OVH and which became Shadow SA last year.
But it is about to close its doors and it is therefore useful to offer its users a viable solution while also announcing the color of the future of Shadow.
Come and compete with Dropbox and others
Octave Klaba had explained in 2020 that he wanted to relaunch an identical service after the shutdown of hubiC, also to avoid losing the millions of subscribers (who will still have to save and transfer their files). It is now announced and it will keep servers based in Europe. At first anyway.
Like Box, OneDrive, Dropbox and others, Shadow Drive will be available from any connected device to access its files securely. A first free level is offered with 20 GB of storage (when hubiC provided 25 GB for free). That’s way more than competing services. For the greediest, Shadow will offer a premium offer at 8.99 euros per month with up to 2 TB of storage available.
The service will launch in closed beta this summer before rolling out in Europe in the fall in countries where Shadow is present. This will then be extended to North America.
Towards a galaxy of Shadow services
Shadow Drive is in fact a first step in the galaxy of services that the firm wants to put in place. ” We have reviewed our entire IT system to make it easier to aggregate services to your cloud experience “, emphasizes Éric Sèle. Shadow Drive can come in addition to Shadow or alone, even if you don’t have a Shadow account.
In the future, the Parisian company even plans to add videoconferencing, chat and many other things that will pass through its servers to enrich the experience, if possible Shadow centered, of the user. But no launch date has yet been set.
Shadow also targets companies with a professional offer called Shadow Business Solutions and presented on Wednesday. This version of cloud computing promises access to demanding Windows software with optimal performance, the use of real-time 4K renderings without failing.
It will allow companies to manage a fleet of high-end PCs thanks to thecloud computingwhere, until now, individual accounts had to be taken. But with the guarantee of streaming, responsiveness and use of the usual service (and at a very competitive price, we promise). The first steps had already been taken in collaboration with certain video game companies to allow remote journalists’ tests and the management of a fleet of computers in the cloud. It is now towards SMEs that Shadow wants to turn to offer its solution in order to help them “break free from technological constraints (with) innovative, intuitive and powerful tools”.
Player, professional, general public: the Trinity targeted by Shadow is taking shape just like the brand’s new roadmap which already promises that “2022 will be, and already is, a major year” for her.
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