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30 Jun 2009
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(4 stars out of possible 5)
Reviewed on June 30, 2009
Note: Our last year’s review of Memopal is found here
The track record of Memopal is impressive. The company was started in December 2007. The Windows, Mac, Linux and iPhone versions of the application were released in 2008. MemoPal’s applications have evolved and matured into robust efficient backup and storage applications, while some online backup service providers have joined the deadpool, like: Xdrive, OmniDrive, HP Upline, and Yahoo! Briefcase. MemoPal has votaries in Chinese, French, Finnish, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish and English and several other languages, as it is available to the speakers of these languages in their own native tongue!
Memopal Chief Information Security Officer, Andrea Cecchetti, describes the company’s service as “security and cloud computing” service. The online backup service provides users with File backup, Storage and Sharing services in a secure environment that goes beyond merely copying files from the computer to the storage server. This file system termed as Memopal Global File System (MGFS) is designed to be highly reliable, scalable and is made available at the lowest cost per GB. The features of this technology are:
The technology also ensures that the server is constantly synchronized with the client machine. A weighted crawling technology is used to crawl the files on the system for changes that need to be updated on the server backup. The Turbo upload feature allows files to be transferred even as they work on them.
The backup process is automatic once the client application has been downloaded and installed on the system. The backups will begin on schedule and the client program will automatically monitor the bandwidth of the Internet connection and the CPU available for backup through an auto throttling system. However, for those who want to manually override the client application, the interface allows users to specify how much of bandwidth they want to dedicate for the backup and how much for other purposes. Large files (4GB+) are segmented for file transfer to allow for modular use of available bandwidth and automatically reconstructed at the server end.
Memopal, cloud-based online backup system, also enables the storing of 1 billion files with file path mirroring and encryption protocols. Strong 128 bit encryption protocols are used to encrypt data that is being transmitted from the client to the server via a secure Internet connection. The data is also stored with a 448 blowfish encryption protocol that makes for high security. Protection against malfunction, human error or data theft is a fetish with the company. The popularity of the online backup application is testified to, by the number of subscribers that have entrusted their data to Memopal since it launched its online data backup service in 2007.
Access to files is simplified with two cloud access methods. The DAV improves the user’s interaction with saved files. The web based file manager system offers advanced preview, sharing and download functions.
The newly introduced file cloud search system on the web interface provides access to files without having to specify the path to the file. The result ranking techniques are sophisticated and rank the users most important files first. The algorithm is based on a few simple principles that give priority to important file extensions that are calculated according to a monthly statistical index the user has created, by highlighting the most frequently used files and the level of proximity of the file to the storage path. The intuitive and immediate search result display system shows the image and video document previews and creates shortcuts for favorite files. Files can be found in less than 50 milliseconds.
The file service is configured as a cloud sharing service to facilitate email systems with large attachments by transforming files to be shared as links that can be accessed from the Internet with expiration dates and access controls. Up to ten computers can be connected with a single personal license.
The future Memopal services could well include cloud sync wherein different files from a number of personal computers can be synchronized through a backup set that users can build over a period of time. Several new functionalities are on the anvil for those who are looking forward to advances in the online backup technology as served up by Memopal.
Memopal comes in three flavors -Personal, Business and Enterprise. The Personal minimum configuration for one year, one computer and 150 GB of space is priced at US $49, while the Business minimum configuration for one year, one computer/server with 10 GB of space is priced at US $49. Enterprise hosts 50 TB of space and pricing is available on contact with the company.
A seven-day trial version can be downloaded, by those who want to try before they buy. In addition to this review, new users may navigate to Memopal’s Press Kit page to read its 34 page detailed guide.
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