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HugeDrive Jumps Into Cloud Storage

A company called ThirdRail Holdings has begun offering, an online storage service aimed at consumer and businesses, which it claims will challenge offerings from technology giants Google and Amazon.

This is not, however, ThirdRail's first foray into the online market. HugeDrive joins a family of online services from the vendor, including blogging (BlogMas), email (HugeMail), Web hosting (HugeWire), Web monitoring (httpVision), and others.

HugeDrive offers three tiers of service: a free service that offers access for two users and 500 MBytes of disk storage, a professional service for $9.99 a month that includes up to 10 users and 10 GBytes of storage, and an enterprise service for $29.99 a month that includes up to 1,000 users and 25 GBytes of storage.

The challenge for HugeDrive is to differentiate itself from the dozens of competitors offering nearly identical online storage services. "It is a very, very crowded space, a very, very competitive space," says Greg Schulz, founder of StorageIO, an analysis and consulting firm. "You've got giants already established in the market like Google, Amazon, HP, Dell, IBM, AT&T. Even the banks have gotten into it. Wells Fargo offers a managed storage service."

Adam Wills, president of ThirdRail Holdings, says HugeDrive will stand out from the pack because it provides customers with an easy-to-use Web interface that "even your grandmother can use." All the applications are run via a Web browser and no special software is needed, he says.

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