ElephantDrive Targets Xdrive Users

Los Angeles-based ElephantDrive is targeting users of AOL's Xdrive service, the online data storage service that AOL said it is closing in January. According to ElephantDrive CEO Michael Fisher, the company will provide free file transfer from Xdrive to ElephantDrive for users, as well as a 30-day free trial account. ElephantDrive provides an online data backup and storage service which users can to subscribe to for $9.95 a month. America Online announced in October that it was shuttering Xdrive, and will close the service on January 12th. Xdrive itself was actually a Southern California startup, and was acquired by AOL in 2005. ElephantDrive is venture backed by Intel, and uses Amazon's S3 storage service as its back end data store.