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Macquarie offshoot launches "Aussie Dropbox"

Ninefold, the cloud storage offshoot of Macquarie Telecom has unveiled Business Cloud Drive - designed as a local alternative to services such as Dropbox, with the key difference being that all data will be stored in Australia.

Speaking at Kickstart on the Gold Coast, Peter James, Ninefold managing director said that the system was intended to support collaboration in the cloud, and also restore a level of control to companies grappling with the rising tide of consumer owned technology entering the workplace. Without a mechanism for centrally storing and accessing data on those devices companies felt they were 'losing control' of their data and intellectual property, said Mr James.

Ninefold has negotiated a deal with US based Oxygen Cloud, which will see the Oxygen cloud platform sit on a data centre in Australia, and be used to manage data stored in Ninefold's cloud.

Initially targeted at medium businesses with 100 plus seats, Mr James said that a consumer version of the system was also in the pipeline.

For $12,000 a year, plus $5,000 set up costs, users of the system will have access to 100 seat licence. They will then have to pay $92 per terabyte per month stored in Ninefold's storage cloud.

A 250 seat licence is available for $24,000 a year, plus costs.

At time of writing no pricing details are available on the small business and consumer version of the system, although Mr James said that was likely to be released within a month.

The Oxygen platform, for which Ninefold has negotiated an exclusive Australian deal, provides companies with IT version control and also the ability to set access rules regarding who is allowed access to what data. According to the company once installed on client devices it works like a local hard drive.

Mr James pointed to the fast growing demand for cloud storage, pointing to IDC statistics showing globally cloud storage was growing 28.9 per cent a year up from $3.3 billion to $11.7 billion by 2015. He warned though that Australia was lagging behind the US in terms of its update of cloud storage.

Beverley Head attended Kickstart as a guest of Media Connect


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