updated 11:00 am EDT, Wed May 9, 2012
Local server's storage easily converted to cloud
Leveraging the popular home and SOHO Pogoplug network and internet storage system, Pogo is unveiling Pogoplug Team. Pogoplug Team is a cloud enabled server system designed to be installed on existing IT assets, creating a private cloud for group access to files on any computer, web browser, mobile device, or tablet.
Where Google Drive, Box.net, or Egnyte service store data off-site in remote servers, data served by the Pogoplug Team software is safely maintained on-site instead of remotely where it can be mined by others. Because of the local data storage, the cost of the service remains flat, where traditional cloud services charge for access increases as the need for data goes up. Pre-existing Pogoplug attached storage devices are compatible with the Pogoplug Team software or they can be added as needed if storage needs escalate.
In theory, Pogoplug Team data storage maximums are unlimited. If more cloud storage is needed, commercial hard drives are added to the existing server. Given an example of a 10-person organization needing 4TB of storage, the Pogoplug service would cost $150 per year, compared to a Google Drive bill of $2400 per year. By comparison, Box.net would cost $1800 per year, or $540 for Egnyte in the same time period. Not included in the Pogoplug Team cost is any extra fees associated with data backup, electricity, hardware maintenance, or hardware repair, but these expenses are likely factored into existing server expenses in corporate IT budgets.
Pogoplug Team software is available now for $15 per user per year, with a minimum of three users.