Apple Plans Exclusively to Sell Apollo “Personal Cloud” Products

From this June the Apollo “personal cloud” the product of Promise Technologies will be available in Apple stores for general consumers along with Apollo Cloud App to use it from anywhere.  Promise Technologies announces that its brand new product Apollo “Personal cloud” will be available in Apple stores from this June for the consumers. The announcement was made by Promise in Computex in Taiwan.

The device is designed for families and small businesses; Apollo is a sleek, quiet appliance that allows users to privately and securely store their data. Apollo’s simple set-up and file management is performed from just one single app which enables users to share files from virtually any device and from anywhere in the world.

Additional members can easily be added, who can then each have their own storage space on the owner’s Apollo.  Each member has complete privacy and security from other members. At Computex, Promise is excited to debut Apollo through an interactive user experience area where visitors can see first-hand how easy it is to share and manage files through the Apollo app.

“Promise has a relentless commitment to innovating new solutions that improve how we live and work,” said HC Chang, GM of Promise Technology APAC. “Apollo is our latest innovation; however, it is just the beginning as we are looking at building a whole new line of solutions for the IoT market. We are looking forward to showcasing Apollo to the many users passionate about technology and we are excited to hear their innovative ideas on what the next generation of Apollo should offer.”

While the device certainly won’t replace cloud storage as we know it, Apollo is not even recommended as a sole backup device, it is part of a larger trend of personal cloud storage for users who want to take “control” of their privacy. Of course, with any Internet-enabled devices, there are still security risks, but it could provide peace of mind for certain users.

The device sounds ideal for families or friends who want to share photos or videos without putting them on Facebook, Instagram or another photo-sharing website or cloud-based service. There doesn’t seem to be much of a business application for the device.

Apple has been making efforts in recent months to bolster its position in the cloud marketplace, and this latest effort would appear to be a move towards the consumer market.

Web Hosting Becomes First and Only MEGA Reseller in the UK

The web hosting provider launched MEGA cloud computing service for both businesses and individual users.

Web Hosting Becomes First and Only MEGA Reseller in the UK

Web Hosting Becomes First and Only MEGA Reseller in the UK on Jan. 19 2013: Recognizing this value, inked a deal to become an authorized reseller of MEGA service. Already an established force in the web hosting sector, sees this arrangement as a golden opportunity to add another layer of value to its already superior service.

The developers behind MEGA analyzed the weaknesses among the current leaders in cloud storage. The file system was perhaps the most glaring shortcoming in many cloud storage technologies. In general, users must create and maintain files within the system. Sharing and collaboration is possible, but there needless hurdles to be overcome. In many cases, once-eager users drop out of the cloud, as they discover not everything is as simple as advertised. MEGA, on the other hand, embraces sharing as one of the essential principles of its service. Cross-account folder sharing is as simple as a mouse click. Even individual users can expect an improved experience — MEGA can function seamlessly as a drive letter or file system mount.

Data security is a perennial concern for devotees of the cloud. Perceived vulnerability has likewise been an argument against embracing cloud storage wholeheartedly. Traditionally, server-side 128-bit encryption has been the sole defense against hacking and exploitation. MEGA features a browser-based encryption tool to which only users have access. This is a noteworthy step up from the security status quo. It’s worth noting also that more user control nearly always equates to a better user experience.

MEGA does not require users to download any proprietary software. Instead, users can access their stored data from any system, anywhere, at any time. Data transfer is managed entirely on the server side. A “resume” function allows users to pause and restart transfers as necessary. Thanks to its substantial network of data centers, syncing of small or medium files is all but instantaneous.

“MEGA represents the next leap forward in secure cloud storage,” said’s Frederick Schiwek. “For the cost of a cab ride, users gain access to up to 500GB of secure storage space. Speed is a big selling point, too: MEGA operates enough worldwide data centers to ensure rapid file transfers. Best of all, users have control over the encryption and decryption of their own data. We know that our customers will gravitate towards a service that puts them in charge.”

Although based in the United Kingdom, is pleased to offer its services to users across the globe. The company’s high-capacity data network and top-shelf web hosting technology make geography virtually irrelevant. Versatile and responsive, the company caters to a myriad of specialized hosting needs, including hosting for WordPress, Magento and Drupal, as well as the content management system Joomla!. Naturally, guarantees near 100% uptime, round the clock technical support and a competitive pricing structure. When one combines the exceptional hosting packages offered by with the cutting edge cloud storage offered by MEGA, it’s a sweet deal for anyone looking for an advantage in web development.

Even though it’s just hatched, the MEGA team has its sights firmly set on the future. The company behind MEGA is currently courting new investment partners, as well as looking for more opportunities to collaborate with existing service providers.

Parallels and Novosibirsk State University Develop New Cloud Computing Project in Russia

Parallels and Novosibirsk State University are developing a project of scalable software platform for cloud hosting applications for small and medium-sized businesses. Parallels will invest about $10 million in the project over 3 years. As a result of an open competition, the same amount will be raised as subsidies from the Ministry of Education and Science in Russia. 

Parallels Develops Cloud Hostig Project in Russia

Parallels Develops Cloud Hostig Project in Russia on Jan. 18, 2013:  Cloud hosting is an association of several servers that enables users to diversify the resources they allocate for projects, thereby significantly reducing the cost of purchasing expensive equipment. Cloud hosting is an association of several servers that enables users to diversify the resources they allocate for projects, thereby significantly reducing the cost of purchasing expensive equipment.

Grants of up to 100 million rubles ($3.3 million) from the ministry were up for grabs, provided the companies invest at least the same amount themselves. Out of 281 bids, 71 were shortlisted, with the proposal by Novosibirsk State University and Parallels emerging as a clear winner.

The university will act as the contractor, while the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology will be engaged to perform a part of the work. Parallels will contribute its software solutions and invest an additional 300 million rubles in the project. The two universities and the company have worked together since 2004, when they established a joint laboratory.

Parallels plans to launch the product in three years and break even in five. These ambitious plans are based on the rapid growth in the global market for cloud services for SMEs. The project will take three years to complete, and most of the investments will be in software research and development. Under the terms and conditions of the competition, while Parallels will keep the rights to the developed solutions, the grant from the ministry will only be used to finance research conducted by Novosibirsk State University. The university was established in 1958, and around 6,000 students are currently enrolled there.

“The idea is to develop software in areas where Parallels already specializes. We will develop a new variety of software with new features, but the focus will remain the same: to produce software for providers who can use it to offer cloud services to small and medium-sized businesses,” director of academic programs at Parallels, Viktor Nikitin, said in an interview with

Parallels specializes in the automation and virtualization of hosting services. It was founded in 1999 by Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology graduate Serguei Beloussov. The company has its headquarters in the United States and staffs 800 people.

Parallels-developed platforms for cloud services are operated by U.S. mobile giant Sprint, Latin America’s largest cellular company America Movil, and KPN (the Netherlands), Belgacom (Belgium), Swisscom (Switzerland), Telecom Italia, Telecom Austria, Portugaltelecom and Turktelecom in Europe. The list of service providers and distributors using Parallels solutions includes Coweb, Go Daddy, Intergenia, and HostEurope.

According to Parallels, the Russian market for cloud services for SMEs totaled 15.6 billion rubles (about $466 million) in 2012. The market is projected to expand by a further 15 percent by 2015, up to 37.7 billion rubles ($1.1 billion). Although the project between Parallels and Novosibirsk State University is a commercial initiative, the university will not share profits and will only gain expertise.

“We should welcome efforts by the state to promote cloud solutions,” RASPO President Yulia Ovchinnikova told RBC Daily. “But why develop a hosting platform if we already have ready solutions, including solutions developed by Parallels? For 600 million rubles they can develop a real cloud platform, instead of promoting what they already have.”

Parallels claims the solutions that have already been developed by the company will not be used in the new platform and the software will have to be created from scratch.

Nikitin mentioned the non-commercial aspects of the project to “Universities will benefit from this unique R&D experience by implementing serious practical software projects, making their solutions production ready and gaining expertise in complex software development processes. As a result, new serious research teams will emerge in Novosibirsk State University and the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, and they will be in demand. The quality of training in software engineering and computing will also improve in both universities,” said Nikitin.