I am a regular user of LogMeIn, the free online service that allows you to remote control any computer using a remote computer, tablet or smartphone. I started off using Remote Desktop for Windows back with Windows XP Professional, but then future versions of Windows that I installed didn’t include the remote desktop feature. I evaluated a various remote control solutions, and settled on the free LogMeIn service.
I use LogMeIn to connect to the office PC from my home PC or laptop, or vice versa, and I even utilize the LogMeIn apps on my iPad and iPhone for the occasional remote control of one of my PCs from those devices.
I was happy to hear at press time that LogMeIn has launched a new service called Cubby (www.cubby.com), which is an all new cloud data service to simply and securely share information across PCs, Macs, iPads, iPhones, Android devices, or with other people. Cubby lets you turn any number of PC or Mac folders into ‘cubbies’ that can be accessed from other devices, stored in the cloud, and shared with colleagues and friends. Cubby also gives you the option to simply share or sync an unlimited amount of information across your devices for free, and without ever counting against cloud storage limits. As a result, you have the flexibility to share and access information across your devices without having to worry about creating a new, separate version of your digital life in the cloud.
“When it comes to sharing data in the cloud today, most solutions on the market are ultra simple but inflexible, or highly flexible but inherently complex. We see Cubby as an opportunity to deliver an ideal balance of simplicity and flexibility,” said Marton Anka, LogMeIn’s CTO. “It is designed to adapt to the way people naturally interact with their information — to deliver the benefits of the cloud without forcing people to change their behavior.”
LogMeIn CEO Michael Simon recently mentioned that file sync is the #1 most requested new feature from LogMeIn customers. And for added security, Cubby will allow users to use their own encryption keys.
Cubby is built on LogMeIn’s Gravity Data Services, LogMeIn’s own, proprietary data synchronization and storage cloud. Architected to deliver secure, high-scale data sync and storage capabilities at incredibly low cost, the new Gravity Data Services has been designed to help bring new offerings, like Cubby, to market, as well as to introduce cloud data benefits into virtually any other offering, service or application. LogMeIn plans to use Gravity Data Services to expand its suite of essential cloud offerings, add a variety of new cloud data capabilities to its existing family of access, customer care and remote IT management products, and create opportunities for 3rd parties to build their own cloud offerings on LogMeIn’s platform.
With Cubby, you can make any file public and get a link to it to share with others, assuming the file is synced to the cloud. Cubby also does file versioning for data stored on its servers, so it can be used as a backup service.
People interested in participating in the Cubby beta, which includes 5GB of cloud storage, free unlimited folder syncing across devices, as well as apps for the iPad, iPhone, Android, Mac and Windows, can request an invitation. Prices haven’t been announced for cloud sync plans over 5GB.