updated 01:19 pm EDT, Thu September 6, 2012
Combined storage works around Glacier retrieval delay
Pogoplug is starting up a new cloud backup system using Amazon Web Services for storage. The Family service will use a combination of the Pogoplug device and Amazon Glacier to backup multiple computers and handheld devices to both on-site and off-site storage, with all backups viewable through web browsers.
The service hopes to take away the primary issue of Amazon Glacier, namely the long lead-time on file retrieval from the service. By keeping the data synchronized between the on-site and off-site storage, it means that instant retrieval is possible without the wait, though it means depending on the Internet connection supplied to the Pogoplug itself.
There are three tiers of the Family plan available. The lowest level backs up 100GB from three users to Glacier for $29 per year, while the highest does the same for seven users and up to a terabyte of data for $99. All three of the plans also come with a free Pogoplug, which connects external storage drives to the cloud without limits on size. A business version for teams is also available, with user limits ranging from five to 25 and off-site data allowances from one terabyte to five, but no free Pogoplug is included. Companies could either buy a Pogoplug or install free software to perform the same task.