Ninefold started offering locally hosted infrastructure as a service (IaaS) just over a month ago. Again pricing has been key for that service with the entry level IaaS price at 12.3 cents an hour for the smallest instance which is one cpu, 2 GB of ram and operating system - which works out at less than $90 a month.
Now it's offering storage and has 'petabytes' ready to go, according to Mr James. While its main focus remains start-ups and developers, Mr James acknowledged that 'around the web and social media there is a burgeoning amount of data.'
Besides corporates wanting self-managed access to large storage devices the Ninefold storage cloud could be accessed by consumers wanting a local third party storage provider for their music and images.
'That's another market for us and we do have an easy way to transport data for the small office and home office and potentially mums and dads,' Mr James told iTWire, referring to the NinefoldFox extension which allows Mozilla Firefox to be used to upload data to Ninefold's storage cloud.
The company has also posted a couple of YouTube videos which step would-be users through the process of accessing the storage cloud. Ninefold's customers also have access to the cloud storage API for greater flexibility.
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