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Cubby: Christmas present or New Year's resolution?

LogMeIn's Cubby cloud storage and file synchronising service will soon come out of its extended beta phase.

Cloud storage and synchronisation services seem two-a-penny these days. Remote access and collaboration specialist LogMeIn is trying something a little different with Cubby.

Introduced in beta form in April 2012, Cubby is like other (and arguably better-known) services such as Dropbox and SugarSync in that it allows files to be synchronised across multiple devices or shared with other people.

Advantages of Cubby include the ability to connect arbitrary folders to the service, and a mechanism for secure point-to-point synchronisation ('DirectSync') between devices without using cloud storage as an intermediary.

The latter point means there's no arbitrary limit on the amount of data that can be synchronised, and it also avoids data sovereignty issues as when used in this way the data is only stored on the user's devices.

Due to the large amounts of data that can be used, LogMeIn recommends that DirectSync Cubbies are manually seeded, for example by copying the folder from one device to the other either via a direct connection or using a portable drive.

Cubby also supports an unlimited number of versions of each file stored in the cloud, and like the other LogMeIn services operates on the company's own infrastructure in data centres at three US locations and one in the UK.

LogMeIn achieved 100% uptime in 2010, 99.9939% in 2011, and 99.9998 in the first half of 2012.

Dropbox, for example, outsources its storage to Amazon.

Cloud-based Cubbies are accessible via WebDAV in addition to the Cubby applications for Windows, OS X, iOS and Android.

Andy Farquharson, Asia Pacific director at LogMeIn, told iTWire that Cubby's beta period is coming to an end and the service will be formally introduced either just before Christmas or early in the New Year.

Pricing and details of any premium-vs-paid features (eg, storage in excess of 5GB) will presumably revealed then.


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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.