Frequently Asked Questions
What is echofs?
echofs is a backup and storage cloud provider commited to providing a simple, secure and reliable space for you to keep your digital media, backups, and other files that you want to protect or share. Your storage can be accessed natively from Windows, OS X, or Linux.
What are some ways people are using echofs?
How Simple is it?
You will be able to setup a folder or remote drive on your computer that you can use like any other folder on your computer. Everything that goes in and out of it is stored in your echofs account on our servers instead of on your computer.
How Secure is it?
Our state of the art intelligent file virtualization layer serves each one of our accounts out of its own private virtual server running an industry recognized secure operating system in secure data centers. What that means is that you and only you have access to your files.
How Reliable is it?
Our engineers have been in the data storage, web service, and network security industries for more than a decade. We've taken every precaution to prevent outages of any kind. Everything from drives to datacenters is redundant, so you can rest assured that if something does go wrong, your files are in good hands.
Is it really free?
Your 30GB are absolutely free. And it's free of any kind of advertising, too. We have a very highly scalable storage pool funded by our other commerical ventures. Our ultimate goal is free online data storage for everyone, and this is our first step toward that goal. Of course, if you need more, you can always upgrade your account at any time to unlimited metered storage.
How fast is it?
Unlike the other online storage services, we un-throttle our accounts the more they are used. That means that the more you add to your account, the faster your service becomes! If you were to upload 10GB into your free account, you can expect about 1Mbps access to that data. To give you an idea of how fast that is, a typical DSL or cable modem can only upload at 10% of that capacity. On the other hand, if you upload 10 terabytes of data from another datacenter, you can expect gigE speeds to that data. This means you are in good hands and it only gets better with time.
What about other sites that offer free unlimited storage?
Check the small print in their agreement. Every site that we know about does one of three things: They either cut you off if you start uploading large amounts of data, they throttle your connection speed so that you only can upload 1-2GB per month, or they have a restriction that you can use your storage for serving web pages only.
How much do you charge for unlimited storage?
We believe that everybody uses online storage differently. Some people never want to pay monthly fees and some people don't like to pay for bandwidth. As such, we are doing something revolutionary in the online storage business and offering you the option to choose how much you want to pay for your unlimited storage. You choose your rates when you decide to convert your account from a 30GB free account to an unlimited pay-as-you-go account. Our current rate options are:
You can change your rate plan at any time. To be fair, any time you change your rate plan, there will be a per GB conversion fee applied to your monthly storage for that month. The fee will be the difference in the monthly traffic costs between the two plans multiplied by the number of GB in the account at that instant. This is to discourage rate-hopping between our free monthly traffic account and free monthly storage plans.
Jon Smith uploads his 500GB hard drive while signed up for the "free traffic" monthly storage plan. Assuming he had a very fast internet connection and was able to upload the entire thing within a few minutes, he would not have to pay anything for the upload, since he is on the "free traffic" plan.. Jon then decides to convert his account to an "eternal storage" account since he has no plans of ever accessing the data in the next 10 years and doesn't want to pay any monthly fees. The conversion for this service would be the difference between the two plans ( $.50 - 0¢, or just 50 ¢ ) times the amount of data in his account ( 500 GB ) at the time, for $250 total. After that it costs nothing per month to store that 500GB in our cloud.
Mary Jane uses her account heavily, using it as a secondary drive on her linux workstation. She averages about 10GB of traffic every month but never has more than 1GB of data in her account. She has been subscribed to the 3.33¢/GB traffic | 10¢/GB yellow storage plan for some time and decides she wants to switch to the 10¢/GB traffic | 3.33¢/GB blue plan. The difference in monthly traffic between the two plans is only 6.67¢, and she only has 1.2GB in her account at the time of conversion, so her conversion fee would be only .0667 * 1.2 = 8¢. What's more, she can create an unlimited number of snaphots of her cloud storage for peace of mind, which is something she cannot find at other providers.
The Piper Corpration has an account that uses has about 4TB of data in offsite backups in their account. They've been using the green plan but decide to switch to the indigo plan because they no longer need access to much of the data and they want to match what they would pay with Amazon Glacier while preserving the ability to access their data instantly as a normal desktop folder at any time without any delays. The difference between the green and violet plans is 5¢. Their conversion fee would be .05 * 4000 for a total of only $200 on that four terabytes of backups.
A small home buisiness has 1TB of infrequently accessed data on their datacenter servers which they want to offload into the cloud. After comparing Amazon S3, Google Drive, and Rackspace, they realize that they can upload that 1TB for free to our servers by starting with the free traffic plan and then convert to the blue plan to keep their monthly costs less than any of the other providers. The cost for that one-time conversion is only $.10/GB, or $100. After that, the storage costs are only .0333/GB, far less than the other providers, and their data is instantly available for access or download from anywhere with unlimited snapshots of that data.
So, in technical terms, what exactly am I getting?
For your free account, you start with a private WebDAV folder with a 30GB quota. It is served out of a locked-down VPS on our redundant server farm in our secure datacenters. VPS resources are not overcommitted, so heavy usage in someone else's account will not affect yours. Access to live mirroring, read-only offsite backups, public urls, higher bandwidth, and other features are available with our unlimited storage accounts only.
Do you offer Network Block Devices, too?
An industry first! For advanced linux users, we allow you to convert your free WebDAV account over to a NBD. This lets you use your free storage as if it were a local drive or other block device on your machine. That means you can format it with the file system of your choice or use it as a member of a RAID array. With our NBD accounts, you can actually boot and run an entire diskless workstation out of your echofs storage.