I recently installed ElephantDrive cloud storage service on my Windows 7 desktop. Here is the story!
Back in November 2011, I told you about ElephantDrive’s cloud storage solution when discussing the QNAP TurboNAS cloud storage capabilities. I recently was provided with a one year subscription to ElephantDrive and decided to back up documents on my Windows 7 desktop with it.
First, some background on ElephantDrive. Here is how they describe themselves:
What We Do…
ElephantDrive is committed to providing individuals and businesses simple but powerful tools for protecting and accessing their data. We want ordinary people to enjoy the peace of mind that comes from the type of enterprise-class backup, storage, and data management that has historically only been available to big corporations. And we’ve made it so simple.
Our service has a lot in common with the world’s largest land mammal. When you subscribe to ElephantDrive, you get a service that is very big, never forgets, and works for peanuts!
Who We Are…
ElephantDrive was founded by a team of technologists who are passionate about developing world class software and fascinated by the challenges of storing, securing, and protecting massive amounts of data. We are based in Los Angeles and have worked together for years designing and deploying online applications.
Military grade encryption keeps your files safe and secure
- Secure 128-bit SSL transfer
Information sent from you to ElephantDrive is protected by the same system that banks and financial institutions use to secure their transactions.
- Advanced 256-bit AES encryption
Before transfer, your files are encrypted with the preferred algorithm of the U.S. government (approved for “Top Secret” use by the NSA).
Intelligent software moves your data fast
- Innovative delivery technology
Our engineers have designed an advanced, proprietary system for maximizing your available bandwidth while minimizing the effects on your system.
- Differential backups
ElephantDrive recognizes which files are new or have been modified so that after your first backup completes, all future backups will go much faster.
Access and share your files anytime, anywhere
- Universal access
With ElephantDrive’s web-based portal you have 24/7 access to all of your files, wherever you are!
- Easy and secure file sharing
Share any file with a single click (great for files that are too large to email), and set a password for extra security.
One program to unify your data
- Multiple devices and multiple platforms
Works with laptops, servers, external storage devices, MACs, PCs, and most server operating systems.
- Powerful administrative controls
Create independent sub-accounts with different access privileges (Business Plan required), and monitor your account activity and data usage.
ElephantDrive is installed to your PC and backups to the cloud happen on a scheduled basis. If you are interested in ensuring that your data is automatically backed up offsite, cloud storage is a convenient option. I have tested it with a QNAP TurboNAS and it works very well on that device as well.
Installation of ElephantDrive is relatively easy. First, download the ElephantDrive Windows application and run the installer. Once the installer completes, ElephantDrive asks you to decide if you want to configure your backups. You’ll see this screen: