Nov. 14, 2011 at 1:12 PM ET
Pogoplug, the company behind popular data storage solutions, has added a new product to its lineup: Pogoplug Cloud. As the name suggests, it's a way of getting your data into a magical server cluster in the sky so that you can access it from any device.
Yes, it's yet another cloud-based storage solution to add to a growing pile which includes services from Apple, Amazon, Google, Dropbox, and so on. But it's decent, comes from a company with a good reputation, and can be set up completely on the go — right from your mobile device.
In order to use Pogoplug Cloud, you'll have to sign up for a free account from your phone or tablet. Head to the Pogoplug site, enter a few details, and then download Pogoplug Mobile, the corresponding app. (You can get the Pogoplug Mobile app through the Apple App Store or the Android Market.)
Once you've taken care of those details, you'll be able to freely enjoy 5GB of free cloud storage. (If you need more space than that, you can purchase 50GB or 100GB for $10/month or $20/month, respectively.)
Pogoplug Mobile can automatically upload photos and videos from your device, sync miscellaneous files, and keep things easily accessible. It can also be used to stream videos or music to your mobile device and to quickly share files through email or a variety of social media services.
The app doesn't feel quite as polished as some similar solutions that also offer online storage — such as Dropbox or Apple's iCloud — but it's perfectly usable. And who am I to complain about an extra 5GB of cloud storage for on-the-fly data backups?
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