Comcast will soon launch an online storage and back-up service, targeting its broadband base. Comcast Secure Backup and Share will offer several tiers, including 10GB worth of storage for $4.99/mo or $49.99 per year; 50GB for $9.99/mo or $99.99 year; or 200GB for $19.99 a month. Utilizing the storage service will contribute towards Comcast’s recent 250 GB bandwidth cap for broadband customers. The new service was first revealed by BroadbandReports.com.
Comcast joins a litany of service providers, big and small, who are launching online storage and back up options. The proliferation of consumers buying and creating valuable digital media, including photos, video, and music creates a perceived need to back up and protect it. However, as the comments in the original BroadbandReports.com post suggest, these services are no slam dunk. Consumers have many options, including network attached storage (NAS) for the backup of their data files. My sense is that these data backup subscription services may appeal to non-techie consumers (unlike those who comment on BroadbandReports.com) who aren’t savvy enough to set up their own storage solution. Agree? Disagree? Share your comments, using the comment tool below.