Against Google and Microsoft, Infomaniak offers 35 GB of free cloud storage

Swiss host Infomaniak is revising its offer to offer up to 35 GB of free storage space, hosted in Europe.

A year after offering a secure email address to European citizens, Infomaniak is back with a new formula. The Swiss host, which refers to itself as “an independent alternative to web giants in Europe”, launched Ethics. This new service comes in the form of an ecosystem “No ads and easy to use privacy” to manage their digital lives. It allows you to store your documents, photos or even manage your emails, appointments and videoconferences from a sovereign cloud.

While the topic challenges Europe, Informaniak offers 15 GB to store, share and collaborate online via kDrive and 20 GB for its email address ( @ik.me, @etik.com or @ikmail.com). In total, the user is entitled to 35 GB of free storage space hosted in Switzerland. The company, which is subject to the GDPR, refers to the passage as it uses exclusively renewable energy and reduces its CO2 emissions.

This formula “respecting privacy and ecology” is envisioned as an alternative to solutions from Google (Gmail and Drive) or Microsoft (Outlook and OneDrive). It is accessible to individuals on Etik.com and represents a great step forward for the Swiss firm. Last year, Infomaniak offered a free email address with only 3 GB of kDrive storage.

Infomaniak vs. Google and Microsoft

Through the Ethical Cloud (Etik), Infomaniak hopes to attract Europe against digital giants. For comparison, 15 GB from Google is available for Google Drive, Gmail and Google Photos. For its part, Microsoft claims 5 GB of free storage when registering for OneDrive. Less visible than these two giants, Yahoo Mail still stands out with its 1 TB of storage space for the mailbox.

The kDrive storage solution. © Infomaniak

But if it’s free, am I the product?

Known to Internet users, the formula “If it’s free, you’re the product” (and its variants) invites mistrust. In fact, most messaging and cloud services on the market are opting for free solutions to recapture users. The technique has helped GAFAMs become behemoths, which has provoked a lot of criticism.

On the side of Infomaniak, we try to play transparency to stand out. Director of Communications, Thomas Jacobsen explained “The goal, we didn’t hide, was to promote our brand image and our commitments “. And add: Our problem is that we need to have a critical dimension to accelerate the development of our own technologies to guarantee our customers that their data is processed by software that respects privacy and whose legal jurisdiction is based in Switzerland to comply with the GDPR ».

The host expects to attract many users and also relies on paid offers. They are offered from 4.99 euros per month. The Swiss company is posting a turnover growth of 32.35% in Europe. It states that it will have from 43 to 185 employees between 2015 and the end of 2021. Infomaniak CEO Marc Oehler added: “We now have the ability to offer powerful and independent alternatives to the Web giants that evolve monthly based on our roadmap and feedback from our users”.

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