Pogoplug, introduced by Cloud Engines, gives you access to your own home-based storage from anywhere in the world, paying only once for life. While Dropbox, Sugarsync, CloudDrive, SkyDrive, iCloud and many other cloud storage solutions available on the market allow you to store music, videos or files and give you access from anywhere you have the internet, Pogoplug turns your existing hard drive or flash drive into a personal cloud.
According to PogoPlug, their service is more secure than Dropbox, Sugarsync or similar services, as you do not share your hard drive with the public. Cloud storage services offer only up to 5GB for free but you can expand as much as you want with a Pogoplug at no additional charge.
Pogoplug free software, Pogoplug Premium Software, Pogoplug and Pogoplug Business are the products currently being introduced. The Premium Software is available for $29 which can be used to stream your photos and videos to most media players and gaming consoles. The Pogoplug device costs about $99 and Pogoplug Business for $299 is specially designed for businesses, adding to streaming the ability for your employees and clients to have their own storage on your Pogoplug. The business edition also allows you to track the number of times a file is streamed or downloaded, set security levels for the users and customize your user interface for your business.
To experience Pogoplug, either you need to get the device and connect to your router and hard drive or download the software and sync to access the files from your mobile devices. Pogoplug may be a new concept but it still uses your hard drive and needs your system left switched on when you want to access your files away from home. Streaming completely depends upon the speed of your internet connection and any cloud services demand a very good level of connectivity. Moving to the cloud reduces your physical hardware by storing in virtual servers and using virtual apps accesible at anytime from anywhere, but with Pogoplug you scale up your hardware and limit your accessibility to only when the Pogoplug device is connected and left running.
When you think of emails where they are stored you would not consider Pogoplug for security and also, when you go for a cloud server you have the option to choose what to go in the public cloud and what to go in the private cloud depending upon the levels of security. For some, rather than upgrading to maintain a personal network, moving to cloud servers are better and simpler. If cloud storage continues its cheap (free) trend, Pogoplug might only fill the gap while waiting for a complete cloud solution.
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