Nirvanix launches out of San Diego

Nirv2For web-based startups, sometimes too much success can be a bad thing. Sure, you can create and market a great product, but what happens if it really catches on? Unless you have enough servers to keep up, more likely than not your potential customers will find they can’t access what you and your team have worked so hard to create. That translates to lost dollars. Which is where Nirvanix, based out of San Diego, comes in. Nirvanix, which recently received $12M in funding, officially launched their beta service yesterday. From Socaltech:

Nirvanix said today that it has emerged from stealth, and has unveiled a new business-to-business storage service. Nirvanix said that the new service will provide storage targeted at Web 2.0, media application, service provider, and consumer electronics firms. The new service will be offered as a service to companies. The company is headed by Patrick Harr, former CEO of storage over the Internet provider Streamload (now MediaMax). Nirvanix said the firm’s services are in public beta and will be generally available this month, and will be priced at $0.18 per gigabyte per month of storage and $.18 per gigabyte transferred from the service. The firm’s services are similar to storage services offered by Amazon through its Amazon S3 storage services.

By contrast, Amazon’s SE service charges the same amount per GB transferred but their prices are slightly less for storage: only $0.15 per GB/month. One thing Nirvanix has that Amazon’s SE doesn’t, however, is a service level agreement guaranteeing 99.9% uptime for the service. No doubt this will be very important to startups attempting to scale their business by relying on an outside storage solution.

So far Amazon seems to be the only big player in this space; both Google’s rumored G Drive (which may have been scrapped, although they did recently open up extra storage space for a free) and Windows recently-launched SkyDrive do not have B2B functionality.

You can view a demo of Nirvanix’s service here.

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