Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on T Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on Twitter, Angel List, LinkedIn.
Singapore-based startup Dropmysite is predominantly known for Dropmyemail — its one-time side project that blossomed into its largest service — but its original website-backup product of the same name has got a major upgrade to its design and functionality.
The Dropmysite service provides website owners with a layer of protection against hacking, server failures and website crashes, and it is poised to reach 500,000 users and profitability this year, the company says. That’s due to a series of deals struck with reseller partners, including GMO Cloud in Japan — which also provided a seven-figure investment — Mexico-based Xpress Hosting in Latin America and an unnamed telecom operator in Singapore.
Dropmysite says that the addition of these partners and new users are the principal reasons behind the new updates to the product. The upgrade adds incremental backups — which speed up the archiving process — public authentication, improved database search, support for the PostgreSQL open database, and a new user interface.
There is also a new tiered pricing system, which starts at US$19.99 per month for a 10 GB allocation, and rises to US$149.99 for 100 GB. Deals for larger capacities can be negotiated, the company says.
CEO and founder John Fearon says he has a busy pipeline of deals for Dropmysite in 2013:
“Besides the current deals in Japan and Mexico, there are many more negotiations in progress for the US, India and Singapore. Backing up the Internet is big business.”
Dropmysite first launched in August 2011 and it has 45,000 customers of its own, aside from the users it serves via resellers. By contrast, Dropmyemail launched at DEMO Asia in March 2012 and quickly racked up 650,000 users within its first three months. The company opened a US office last year to grow the email-backup service’s presence in North America.
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