IDrive Rolls Nearline, Ultra-Low Cost Storage Service

Los Angeles-based online backup and storage provider IDrive has launched a new, nearline storage service, aimed at online backup and data archiving, at a bargain price of 1 cent per GB/month, the company said today. According to IDrive, the new service is aimed at storing infrequency access data, while still offering what it says is "lightning fast" access speed. IDrive did not say what nearline storage technology it is using for its archiving service. Part of the new service will ship users storage, which they can load up with files, and send it back to IDrive for archiving. IDrive normally charges $4.95 a month for 150GB of storage for personal use, and $49.95 a month for 500GB of business use for its services.