Comcast Launches A Storage Cloud

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News Posted: Fri, Feb 19 2010 12:37 PM
Comcast Corp. is launching a cloud.

"Secure Backup & Share" is the cable/Internet/entertainment giant's latest service.

It's for customers of Comcast's high-speed Internet service, who will be able to "retrieve and share their personal digital media from any Web-enabled or wireless device." I.e., it's a big ol' cloud.

Some might find it creepy to give their ISP access to their most important files, but with about 140,000 hard drives crashing weekly in the U.S., according to stats cited by Comcast, there's a lot of need for backup. Files also can be lost, the company points out, through human error or lost or stolen computers. Though some might argue that if you are careless enough to lose a computer, that's your own damn problem.

Fact of the matter is, no matter what cloud you store your data in, you're trusting someone else with it.

"As customers create and consume more digital media content, the need for online backup and storage increases significantly. Backup devices, like an external hard drive, can be lost, stolen or damaged in a fire and even if you put your backup device in a safe-deposit box, you probably aren’t updating it regularly," Cathy Avgiris, senior vice president and general manager of communications and data services for Comcast, said in a statement.

Comcast's high-speed Internet customers get 2 GB of storage free. Those who need more can pay $4.99 a month or $49.99 annually for 50 GB of storage or $9.99 monthly/$99.99 annually for 200 GB of storage. A personalized web site gives customers a platform from which to share the data with others.

Right now, it's only for Windows users, but it's promised soon for Mac. No word on Linux. System requirements are:

  • 133 MHz processor
  • 64 MB RAM
  • Windows 2000, XP, Vista SP1 or SP2, or Windows 7
  • Internet Explorer 7 or later, or FireFox 3.0 or later
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3vi1 replied on Fri, Feb 19 2010 5:07 PM

Theoretically, if I were to connect a 133Mhz 64MB Win2k machine to their cloud and complain that it was slow... would they be forbidden to laugh at me?

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?

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Inspector replied on Fri, Feb 19 2010 9:46 PM

LOL 3vi1 :D, you first have to make a system that godly and im sure they won't laugh at you, they might even donate you some money to upgrade that beautiful rig :D.

wonder if anyone is using such a rig :D

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rapid1 replied on Sat, Feb 20 2010 12:41 AM

rofl I think my original (self built) P2 400 is in my mom's basement somewhere. I have the ATI All in Wonder Pro from it in a magnetic envelope here.

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rapid1 replied on Sat, Feb 20 2010 12:42 AM

Oh I think I also have that soundblaster card from it somewhere as well.

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Is this any different from all the other file sharing and storage services out there like rapidshare and megaupload? Megaupload gives you a lifetime account for $200.

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Soupstyle replied on Sun, Feb 21 2010 4:36 PM

it isn't a filesharing site, strictly storage space it seems.

That being said 2 GB for free with their ungodly expensive service is nothing.

50 GB for $50 /year or 200 GB for $100 /year is in line with all of their other overpriced services.

+1 for comcast for trying to provide backup storage for their customers

-5 for the overpriced service they are offering (tho that is status quo for comcast)

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BJones replied on Mon, Oct 31 2011 7:35 PM

200 gb. wtf is that? i have like a TB of storage i need to back-up

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Why cant they support my 486??? ahahaah

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