Posts tagged ‘Upline’
We continue to see new entrants to the cloud storage space, which brand new firms popping up seemingly each week. That said, it is starting to appear that delivering a profitable and effective service is harder than it looks – especially when you’ve got high expectations, as HP did for its Upline offering.
It appears that Upline is now set to be “Offline.” We first heard the story from the Technology Expert Blog, where the team reported that the Upline online storage service would be discontinued. It seems like a rather abrupt shutdown, but HP in indicating that it will refund all charges.
We covered the launch of Upline here back in April of last year. It turns out that there was some rocky performance along the way (as reported by TechCrunch and Enterprise Storage Forum), but we didn’t see this coming from a company that has the resources of HP.
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Today HP announced the availability of Upline, yet another storage platform aimed at consumers and small businesses. The launch is the fruit of their recent “blink and you missed it” acquisition of tiny Opelin, the company behind the now EOLed service Titanize.
The slick demo on the Upline site shows little of the actual product, but we know that the client app is written in .NET, effectively leaving us Mac users out in the cold. Not entirely surprising given that HP has long been rumored to be in the business of selling Windows computers.
The feature set is promising. Sharing and publishing features, sorely missing in the Carbonite and Mozy services, are likely to provide a key differentiator beyond the big, trusted company brand advantage.
We’re left wondering if HP’s appetite for SaaS services has been sated. A little success in getting Upline adoption makes them a likely candidate to roll up one or more of the leading players in the space.