A little over 5 years ago [Jason Hoffman](http://twitter.com/jasonh) of [TextDrive](http://weblog.textdrive.com/) announced [Strongspace 1.0](http://weblog.textdrive.com/article/128/strongspace-10). TextDrive has since merged with [Joyent](http://www.joyent.com) and focused on [Smart](http://www.joyent.com/technology/smartplatform/) cloud computing and less on applications. In June of 2009 Joyent [sold](http://joyeur.com/2009/08/13/joyent-sells-strongspace-and-bingodisk-to-expandrive/) Strongspace and [Bingodisk](http://www.bingodisk.com) to [ExpanDrive](http://www.expandrive.com) so that we could continue to develop the service and better serve the existing customers.
ExpanDrive has a long history with Joyent and its customers. We first met Joyent’s CEO Dave Young back in 2006 because Strongspace customers were using ExpanDrive en masse to mount their Strongspace as an external drive – which was awesome. We worked with Joyent to let their customers get our [ExpanDrive](http://www.expandrive.com) client installed and set up straight from the Strongspace dashboard. Following that, we collaborated on and produced Joyent [Slingshot](http://joyeur.com/2007/03/22/joyent-slingshot/), a hybrid online-offline Ruby on Rails framework that was a precursor to [Google Gears](http://gears.google.com/) and [HTML5 offline caching](http://diveintohtml5.org/offline.html). Dave and Jason have been invaluable as we’ve taken the reins to launch the long-promised Strongspace 2.0.
I’m proud to announce that we’re now [open for business](https://www.strongspace.com/plans) and taking new customers again. Strongspace 2.0 keeps the best parts of the original – [SFTP](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SSH_File_Transfer_Protocol) and [rsync](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rsync) running on Joyent [SmartMachines](http://www.joyent.com/technology/smartmachines/) with [ZFS](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZFS), the most advanced filesystem in the world. We continue to use secure open standards so you can backup and access your data with your favorite SFTP client or library rather than a crappy half-baked solution that bogs down your laptop and eats up all your RAM.
On top the Strongspace core we’ve built an awesome webapp to browse, manage and share your data. Getting data securely into and out of Strongspace has never been easier. Strongspace now provides top-level folders called, called Spaces, to which you can easily give others web and SFTP access. In addition we provide a public folder whose contents are automatically shared, as well as the ability to grab a secure link to any file in your Strongspace to share with whoever you’d like. And this is just the beginning.
… One more thing: all active accounts come with a free copy of ExpanDrive.