One of the most common questions we get at ExpanDrive headquarters is “How much space do I get when I buy ExpanDrive?” This is an awkward question for us for a couple reasons. First, it shows that we haven’t done a great job at getting people to understand what ExpanDrive actually does (take files from your own server and puts them on your desktop).
Second, that question told us that there were a lot of users out there that want something that ExpanDrive can almost give to them. They want to use ExpanDrive, and we want them to use it, but we didn’t have a server for them to us. We think that ExpanDrive is the best file transfer client in the world, but if you don’t have access to an SFTP server of your own then it doesn’t do you a whole lot of good.
That’s why I’m thrilled to announce today that ExpanDrive has acquired Strongspace and BingoDisk from Joyent. With this acquisition ExpanDrive will provide an online storage service with unsurpassed quality of service and user experience.
Strongspace was originally launched by Joyent in 2005 as an online storage service which allows users to securely store and access data using industry standard protocols such as [SFTP](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SSH_file_transfer_protocol) and [rsync](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rsync). We are taking StrongSpace to the next level. While still built on the same Solaris and ZFS technology that Joyent pioneered, Strongspace has been completely re-written and re-architected to be faster, more reliable, and more powerful.
In addition, the Strongspace service has been designed from the ground up to be the perfect companion to the ExpanDrive client. We’ve been working hard to couple the two with great extensions built into both the client and the server.
Strongspace is currently invitation only while we transition existing customers and will be available to everyone shortly.