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Etelos has announced a new partnership this morning which will bring Six Apart’s Movable Type blogging product into a "cloud-hosted" environment using the Etelos platform suite. Basically Etelos sets up a virtual server instance which includes the Movable Type software already installed and configured.
It looks like the new Etelos/Movable Type combination would be considered a competitor to the hosted WordPress.com offering. This is the concept behind the Etelos platform suite – software companies can create hosted versions of their software products which run as instances on the Etelos platform.
Pricing starts at $19.95/month for an single author blog and goes up to $99.95/month for a ten-author blog with more power on the virtual server side as well.
Here are the pricing plans:
After launching their apps-on-a-plane anywhere software, Etelos is back today with Etelos Share. Etelos Share is cloud storage for private business applications. The idea is that you can move your files and applications into Etelos Share and then access them from anywhere with an Internet connection.
The company describes Etelos Share as, "providing online file storage, file backup and file sharing between named users. Etelos Share is not a publishing system, but rather a business file sharing service used to manage corporate digital assets and intellectual property. Accessed as an external drive, Etelos Share is password protected with unique usernames and kept in a secure hosting environment."
The real question with this type of service is whether large companies will trust their data to a 3rd party and to a cloud hosting provider. Etelos Share looks appropriate for small to medium-sized businesses. Pricing starts at $5/month for 5GB of storage and is available through the Etelos Marketplace.
Update: another new tool out today is CloudFactory – GigaOm has a good review.
Etelos is launching their AOP (apps on a plane) platform which allows developers to provide consumers a way to consume their applications anywhere at anytime with changes sent back to the application when the user is back online. The platform was launched conceptually last year and now moves into a live public beta today. No matter what language the application is built in (php, ruby, cold fusion, etc.) or what desktop operating system you run (windows, mac, linux, etc.), the platform will let you work offline as close to online as possible.
I spoke with Etelos executives last week who explained that this new AOP platform is a SaaS (software as a service) and the strength is in the marketplace. Applications that utilize the AOP platform will be listed in the marketplace bringing new customers to the applications. This will also be one of the methods that Etelos will employ to drive revenue. They also stressed the patents that have been filed by Etelos around the technology.
Etelos explains how the developer components work, "A developer working on an existing application can enable that application to exchange data with any other AOP-enabled application and run offline or online without having to change the application¹s code. Developers also can create new applications using many popular tools that they are comfortable with, allowing them to build applications that communicate with many popular platforms. Developers can assure their customers increased data control, availability, and offline and online accessibility."
I asked about any comparisons to Adobe’s AIR product but the answers made me think they were comparing it to Flash and not AIR.
With hosting clouds, mobile access and desktop availability from Web apps, I believe we will see more services like Etelos’ AOP offering this year. It’s about making us more effective when we want to be effective so we can have downtime when we want it. Being able to work on a plane across the country or the world might give us back 10 hours of downtime to enjoy offline.