During its keynote on Wednesday, Shadow unveiled its brand new secure online storage service. Shadow Drive will be open to everyone, both in free and premium versions. The first stone in a new philosophy for the French company, which wants to diversify even more around cloud computing.
Along with the Power option unveiled during its keynote on Wednesday, the specialist in cloud unveiled Shadow Drive, its first secure online storage solution designed with Nextcloud, a leader in file-sharing platforms. A project that stems from the foundation of hubiC, the former service previously purchased by OVH and which last year became Shadow SA.
But it’s closing its doors, and it’s therefore useful to offer its users a viable solution, while announcing the color of the future of Shadow.
Come and compete with Dropbox and others
Octave Klaba had explained in 2020 that he wanted to relaunch an identical service after the shutdown of hubiC, also to avoid losing the millions of subscribers (who still have to save and transfer their files). It is now announced and it will retain servers based in Europe. At least in the beginning.
Like Box, OneDrive, Dropbox and others, Shadow Drive will be accessible from any connected device to securely access its files. A first free level is offered with 20 GB of storage (when hubiC delivered 25 GB for free). It is much more than competing services. For the most greedy, Shadow will offer a premium offer for 8.99 euros per month with up to 2 TB of available storage space.
The service will be launched in closed beta this summer, before being launched in Europe this autumn in countries where Shadow is present. This will then be extended to North America.
Towards a galaxy of shadow services
Shadow Drive is actually a first step in the galaxy of services that the company wants to establish. ” We have reviewed our entire IT system to make it easier to put together services for your cloud experience “, Emphasizes Éric Sèle. Shadow Drive can come as a supplement to Shadow or alone, even if you do not have a Shadow account.
In the future, the Parisian company even plans to add video conferencing, chat and many other things that will pass through its servers to enrich the user experience, if possible the shadow center. However, a launch date has not yet been set.
Shadow also caters to companies with a professional offering called Shadow Business Solutions and presented Wednesday. This version of cloud promises access to demanding Windows software with optimal performance, use of real-time 4K rendering without errors.
It will allow companies to manage a fleet of advanced PCs thanks tocloudwhere until now individual accounts had to be taken. But with a guarantee of streaming, responsiveness and use of the usual service (and at a very competitive price, we promise). The first steps had already been taken in collaboration with certain video game companies to allow remote journalists to test and manage a fleet of computers in the cloud. It’s now towards SMEs that Shadow wants to turn to to offer its solution to help them “break free from technological constraints (with) innovative, intuitive and powerful tools ”.
Player, professional, general public: The trinity, targeted by Shadow, is taking shape just like the brand’s new roadmap, which already promises that “2022 will be, and already is, a big year” for her.
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