Macquarie Telecom subsidiary, Ninefold has introduced the first public cloud storage service in Australia.
The service, which is currently in a free public beta mode, allows users to set up a self-service account in minutes with a credit card, and store vast amounts of data in the cloud.
Ninefold claims its new online cloud service is the only Australian-based option that is comparable to Amazon S3 storage.
The service is priced at 9.2 cents per gigabyte per month, and includes free support.
“A reliable, fast and highly scalable cloud storage infrastructure is now essential for many businesses to keep up with the exponential data growth expected within the next ten years. However, there has not been a true Australian alternative to Amazon AWS S3 until now,” Ninefold managing director, Peter James, said.
Ninefold’s customers have open access to the cloud storage API, enabling existing third party-developed applications to leverage the Ninefold cloud storage service API to add new storage locations or features.
An example is the new NinefoldFox extension for Mozilla Firefox which integrates Ninefold services seamlessly into the web browser, allowing easy upload and download of files to your storage with a couple of clicks.
New customers and current users can get free cloud storage and free transactions until March 31.
On top of this, inbound bandwidth remains free for a limited period. All new Ninefold accounts will also receive $50 credit to get started, which can be put to future storage expenses once the open period expires, or to trial other Ninefold services.