Interesting. AVG, well known as a malware fighting company, is launching a competitor to Dropbox called LiveKive. Essentially it looks the same. Store your data with LiveKive and sync it and access it or share it from any device you’re using. LiveKive’s pricing structure offers you 5GB for free, 25GB for $49.99 or unlimited for $79.99.
Obviously there are other competitors for your cloud storing/syncing/sharing needs like SugarSync, Box.net, etc… but to say it is a crowded or a well defined market is probably premature. That said, the real question I have about LiveKive (and other Dropbox competitors) I have is will, or do they provide an API so that other Apps on mobile devices can take advantage of the files in the cloud.
Of course there is already an iOS App to access your LiveKive.
Press Release follows:
AVG Launches “LiveKive™”, a Secure, Simple Way to Save and Share Memories Online
AVG delivers cloud-based storage
AMSTERDAM–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AVG Technologies, one of the leading providers of Internet and mobile security software, today launched AVG LiveKive™, a safe and reliable cloud-based storage, sync and share solution. It offers consumers a quick and easy way to access their personal information, data, files and digital content online, via multiple channels and devices.
“Consumers are increasingly aware of the need to protect their personal data. By providing secure and easy automatic backup, AVG LiveKive offers users vital peace of mind, something we believe is essential for all of our customers”
AVG LiveKive has been developed to adapt to the multi-platform needs of consumers, who need to backup and store personal data and digital content remotely for seamless, anytime, anywhere access.
AVG LiveKive offers consumers a reliable and sophisticated alternative to archiving, and makes information instantly accessible. The automated syncing functionality works on both Apple and Microsoft platforms. Data can be viewed and shared from any web enabled device, including Android, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices.
AVG LiveKive offers consumers three tiers of secure encrypted storage options, ranging from a free 5GB offering, as well as two paid versions providing either 25GB or unlimited* storage.
“Consumers are increasingly aware of the need to protect their personal data. By providing secure and easy automatic backup, AVG LiveKive offers users vital peace of mind, something we believe is essential for all of our customers,” said J.R. Smith, CEO, AVG Technologies.
“As the largest provider of free anti-virus, we are focusing our expertise to creating a secure ecosystem of products and services that our customers can use with confidence. Cloud-based secured storage allows customers to save and share their personal memories and data, with the knowledge they are protected by AVG’s advanced security,” added Smith.
“Our customers have told us that they know how important it is to backup their vital data including photos, videos and music, but they’ve also told us that they find it to be a chore,” added Stephen Simpson, Global Head of Consumer Propositions, AVG Technologies. “AVG LiveKive’s ‘set and forget’ feature means that consumers can have peace of mind when it comes to their valuable data. By utilizing AVG LiveKive, their important data on our secure servers can be easily recovered in the event their computers are damaged, lost or stolen.”
“The ability to access your files from any PC, Mac or even your iPhone or Android device, is where AVG LiveKive truly demonstrates its power over more traditional backup methods such as external hard drives,” commented Simpson. “The ability to share large files securely through AVG LiveKive’s Share rooms feature also enables users to overcome another obstacle when it comes to sharing files that are simply too big to send via email.”
* For full terms and conditions please visit: www.avg.com/livekive-terms
For more information on AVG LiveKive please visit: www.avg.com/avg-livekive
AVG is a global security software maker protecting more than 120 million consumers and small businesses in 170 countries from the ever-growing incidence of Web threats, viruses, spam, cyber-scams and hackers on the Internet. AVG has nearly two decades of experience in combating cyber crime and one of the most advanced laboratories for detecting, pre-empting and combating Web-borne threats from around the world. Its free, downloadable software allows novice users to have basic anti-virus protection and then easily upgrade to greater levels of safety and defense when they are ready. AVG has nearly 6,000 resellers, partners and distributors globally including Amazon.com, CNET, Ingram Micro, Play.com, Wal-Mart, and Yahoo!