Before I start this midnight post, Merry Christmas! I hope you have a good one.
I may have mentioned RapidShare a couple of times before but if you don’t know already, they’re a file host that lets you upload files (limited to 100megs per file) and people can download them. If you don’t have a premium account you’re limited to how much you can download etc. If you are a premium member, you can download a lot more and get it a lot faster… It maxed out my 10meg cable internet, when I still had that *sobs*.
Anyhoo. I went to their homepage today, and look what I found…
In the future, RapidShare.de’s direction will point even more to conventional webhosting.
It looks like they’re planning a move into the webhosting market. I can’t comment on their plans or prices because they haven’t published them but I can speculate that they’ll have the means to offer some pretty decent bandwidth on accounts, considering that they must buy in such huge volumes already.
It looks like they’re going the opposite way as Dreamhost. I use Dreamhost for all my images and other external resource files for here on ThePCSpy, along with a few other sites of mine. They’ve got amazing bandwidth and more servers than you could shake a very large stick at, keeping individual server-load and customer stress-levels down.
Anyway, DH have started to do something called FilesForever, a scheme where you pay to upload your file once and that’s it. It’s hosted forever. They’re also doing a media service along the same lines apart from it’s free (I think) and you get to use their little Flash-player.
If things carry on like this, Dreamhost could be competing on all fronts with RapidShare.