Last we heard from Pogoplug, it had unleashed its Series 4 hardware (its current device for making any of your drives network accessible). Today, the company, known for its pursuit to make the cloud more "personal," has shifted its gears back to software, aiming directly at businesses with a new service dubbed Pogoplug Team. On basic level, Team is similar to the software-based version of Pogoplug, enhancing the experience with goodies like multiple accounts and full customization to match your businesses' look. Interestingly, Pogoplug isn't including storage options for Team's pricing scheme, but instead charging $15 a year for each user (minimum of three required) -- meaning your users dictate the amount of storage space needed with their own computers and drives, rather than utilizing remote servers as with other major services like Google Drive or SkyDrive. Better yet, current Pogoplug users can upgrade to Team if they're interested. Curious for all the details? There's a nifty press release just after the break.
Pogoplug Team: Turn Any Office Computer Into Private, Multi-user Cloud
Enable users to share and collaborate on their files with anyone inside or outside
San Francisco, CA – May 9, 2011 – Pogoplug, creators of Personal Cloud
hardware and software that allow users to host their own cloud storage at home,
announced today that they are expanding their product line with a brand new
cloud storage solution optimized for small to medium-sized businesses and
teams within large organizations. The new product, called "Pogoplug Team," is
delivered via software that can be downloaded onto any existing office or home
computer to empower small teams to access files remotely and back up and
share work files securely and privately. The product is completely customizable
to fit the company's needs and requires no new hardware. All files remain
securely on the office computer: not on third party servers.
"More than ever, concerns related to online privacy and security are leading
organizations to second guess online storage solutions," said Daniel Putterman,
Pogoplug CEO. "Pogoplug Team is the only solution to provide the ease of use
and functionality of a hosted cloud storage solution while keeping data securely
on site. The solution is particularly attractive because companies can leverage
the internal storage investments they have already made."
Pogoplug Team costs $15 per user, per year. Because Pogoplug Team pricing is
based on number of users, versus storage used, companies can infinitely expand
their cloud by adding more capacity to computers running Pogoplug Team, with
no increase in fees.
Pogoplug Team features include:
• Easy setup
o Install Pogoplug Team software on an office computer or file server. No
network configuration necessary.
• Access all files from any device, anywhere
o Quick and secure access from any computer, Web browser, mobile
device or tablet.
• Share and collaborate on files with anyone inside or outside the company.
o Send large files and folders instantly-no upload required.
Customizable, branded interface
o Customize the Pogoplug Web interface and emails to match your
brand. Share files with clients from a branded interface.
Secure, on-site storage for files
o Files remain secure and private on-premise rather than using 3rd-party
Mobile and PC backup to office computer
o Automatically back up files and folders from a PC or mobile device
(iPhone, iPad or Android device) to folders on the office computer.
Unlimited storage expansion
o Expand as your business grows-add as much storage as you need with
no additional fees.
o Yearly flat fee based on users, not storage. Pogoplug Team costs $15
per year, per user-regardless of how much storage a team uses.
Pogoplug Team is available for purchase now at www.pogoplug.com/team and
costs $15 per user, per year, with a minimum of 3 users required. Existing
Pogoplug PC and Pogoplug device owners may subscribe to the Pogoplug Team
service to upgrade their software or device to enjoy all of the benefits of
Pogoplug corp site: www.pogoplug.com
Pogoplug blog: http://blog.pogoplug.com