Novatel Wireless Launches NovaDrive: Cloud-Based Storage for MiFi
The MiFi is definitely one of those products that we love. It’s got the ease of use that we crave, and the simple fact that we can bring our WiFi signal with us, wherever we go is just about the most fantastic thing we can imagine. We’re suckers for WiFi like that. And thanks to Novatel Wireless, the MiFi keeps getting better. They’ve introduced NovaDrive today, which is a cloud-based storage service for MiFi users.
The NovaDrive is powered by Nomadesk technology, which Novatel Wireless is pegging as a MiFi Trusted Partner. The NovaDrive is designed specifically for Novatell Wireless MiFi customers, but as the press release states, it can also be used by other customers as well. The cloud-based service allows customers to share, sync, encrypt, and back-up files and data from any location, which can then be accessed from any laptop or web-based, handheld mobile device. Novatel Wireless customers can download the service for free for 30 days, which should be great for a test drive before people decide whether or not to purchase the full service.
What’s great about the NovaDrive, is that Novatel is offering customers an unlimited capacity to store all their files for only $50 a year. That’s great, when you consider the other cloud-based storage efforts going on, that charge nearly the same amount a month. Just to sweeten the deal though, NovaDrive also supports TheftGuard technology, which basically means that you’re able to “shred” and wipe your data from a remote location, in case someone were to gain access to it that you didn’t want. Remote wipe is one of those features that every kind of service like this needs, and we’re glad to see Novatel including it. You can even locate your MiFi Mobile Hotspot utilizing Google Maps. Hit the via link to go ahead and download your free 30-day trial, and don’t forget to let us know what you think. Full press release coming up.
LAS VEGAS, March 23, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX News Network/ — International CTIA Wireless 2010 (1506, Central Hall 3) – Novatel Wireless, Inc., (Nasdaq: NVTL) a leading provider of wireless broadband solutions, today announced the launch of NovaDrive(TM) powered by Nomadesk technology, a MiFi(TM) Trusted Partner. NovaDrive gives Novatel Wireless MiFi Intelligent Mobile Hotspot customers, as well as other mobile broadband users, the ability to share, synchronize, encrypt, back-up and store files to access from any laptop or web-based, hand-held mobile device. Novatel customers can download a free 30-day trial of NovaDrive at www.NovaDrive.net.
The MiFi platform represents the industry’s first Intelligent Mobile Hotspot, a new product category for mobile broadband that lets users put their world of content, services and connectivity in their pocket. Unlike existing router solutions that require an external broadband USB modem and serve only to provide connectivity, the MiFi platform creates a personal cloud of high-speed Internet connectivity that can be easily shared between multiple users and up to five Wi-Fi devices such as laptops, tablets, cameras, gaming devices and multimedia players.
NovaDrive gives mobile users increased access to their data from any location, while providing an extra layer of security and unlimited storage.* With this launch, Novatel Wireless will offer existing MiFi customers and other broadband users a free downloadable NovaDrive account at www.NovaDrive.net. Customers can sign-up to receive a personal file server with unlimited capacity, and all the other NovaDrive features, for approximately $50 per year, or a business file server, which provides unlimited storage and collaboration with an unlimited number of team members, for $15 per month. For added protection, NovaDrive also supports TheftGuard(TM) technology, where users can shred or restore data remotely in the event of theft and they can even locate the mobile device using GoogleMaps.
“This offering will provide our existing MiFi community, and other potential MiFi users, with premier cloud storage services seen in the market today,” said Rob Hadley, CMO, Novatel Wireless, Inc. “We are very happy to bring to market a cloud-based solution with unlimited storage capacity, 256-bit encryption, and added security service to store and share photos, videos, presentations and documents through any mobile device. We look forward to expanding this offering quickly to support the MiFi local storage which allows seamless access and synchronization to the SD removable storage on MiFi to and from the cloud.”
Millions of people risk losing their unprotected, critical data every day. As the amount of unprotected data stored on multiple devices increases, it becomes harder to synchronize and easier to lose. Keeping data secure, synchronized, backed up and available can be expensive and require in-house IT expertise. When customers are working on the road, NovaDrive allows individuals and business teams to secure, sync, share and backup data with no limits or change in behavior. NovaDrive acts just like a hard drive, storing important documents in one place with remote access. Users simply drag and drop their docs into the mobile file server, and files are immediately encrypted, backed up and available for file sharing.
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Novatel Wireless, Inc. is a leader in the design and development of innovative wireless broadband access solutions based on 3G and 4G technologies. Novatel Wireless’ Intelligent Mobile Hotspot products, software, USB modems and embedded modules enable high-speed wireless Internet access on leading wireless data networks. The Company delivers specialized wireless solutions to carriers, distributors, OEMs and vertical markets worldwide. Headquartered in San Diego, California, Novatel Wireless is listed on NASDAQ: NVTL. For more information please visit www.novatelwireless.com. (NVTLG)
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