And the installation is cake: Plug in an external drive, plug into the network and plug into the wall. The CloudPlug doesn't require desktop software and works well for teleworkers.
CTERA is aiming for the cloud-attached storage market, a hybrid of online and on-premise backup options. Here's a look at CTERA's positioning:
While the CloudPlug is designed for small offices and prosumers, the C200 is a two-bay RAID network storage appliance with automatic online backup.
Rackspace, a cloud computing and hosting company, will partner with CTERA to be a cloud storage option and distribute the startups gear. Liran Eshel, CEO of CTERA, said in an interview that the company also plans to add other channel partners. In fact, the partnership with Rackspace could come in handy as CTERA looks to grow. The partnership is "a good win-win," says Eshel. "There are other synergies we're discussing about combining solutions."
As for the pricing, CTERA is selling the CloudPlug with 1 year of 10GB online backup storage for $199. More storage options are available. The C200 starts at $499 with 1 year online backup.
Here's a look at the pricing options and service extensions: