Mandriva get into the cloud backup business
Mandriva, the Linux vendor, has announced "Click'n'Backup", its own web based backup system. The service, reminiscent of the recently launched Canonical's Ubuntu One, includes online secure storage space and a backup and restore tool. Unlike Ubuntu One, the backup and restore tools are available for non-Mandriva Linux systems, Windows and Mac OS X. The system can be configured for backup, or as a shared and synchronised file store, allowing users to keep files up to date on multiple machines.
Mandriva are charging 6.99€ a month for 20GB of storage, approximately £6.15, with options for an extra 20GB and 40GB up to 100GB of storage costing up to 20.20€ extra. According to the FAQ, there is no charge or limits for data transfer. The service is currently a personal service, with no facility to share files with other users. Mandriva say that its cloud storage provider has data centres in the US and Europe for worldwide coverage.
The new service appears to be part of a trend for Linux distributions to offer storage as a service which could potentially provide a new revenue stream.