BarracudaDrive
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BarracudaDrive transforms your home or business Mac computer into a powerful and secure online storage system, letting you access and share files from any connected computer or device in the world.

No software needs to be installed on the client computer that you use when connecting to your home/business server since BarracudaDrive is based on open standards. Access and share inbound and outbound private documents, photos, videos, or other files, from your smart phone or tablet (iPhone, iPad, Android, Nook, Kindle, Blackberry), Windows, Mac, and Linux on your own secure
What's New
Version 6.1:
  • Bug fix in internal HTTP state machine. This bug was introduced in 6.0.
  • New Web File Manager icons.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, OS X 10.4 or later



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BarracudaDrive User Discussion (Write a Review)
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Lmp commented on 14 Dec 2011
"Free ($9.99)"

So which is it? freeware, or a $10 commercial app?
[Version 4.6.1]

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Misha replied on 14 Dec 2011
For personal use, either: http://barracudaserver.com/products/BarracudaDrive/purchase.lsp#free
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Real Time Logic (developer) replied on 16 Feb 2012
The product is $29 for home users and $200 for business users.

A free license is available on the BarracudaDrive Facebook fanpage.
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Real Time Logic (developer) replied on 01 Mar 2012
BarracudaDrive is now available for the My Book Live.

My Book Live is a relatively inexpensive Network Attached Storage (NAS) device from Western Digital. My Book Live is powered by Linux and anyone with some Linux experience can install additional applications for this device.

See the following for more information:
http://barracudaserver.com/products/BarracudaDrive/MyBookLive.lsp
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Railsback reviewed on 28 Jun 2011
Great work. I'd been slogging through various alternatives to hook up to home base when moving around, and this gem has simplified my life. Good stuff.
[Version 4.5.5]

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Mikaelf replied on 03 Oct 2011
Why not use a tool like Slink (slinkware.com) instead? That would totally give you access to your whole network from anywhere.
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Real Time Logic (developer) replied on 04 Oct 2011
In response to using Slink:

Slink seems to be limited to providing remote (file?) access, but my biggest concern is that it does not appear to be based on open standards.

Have you thought about how convenient it is to use online services that can be accessed by your browser such as your online bank or your email account? You can access these services from your Safari browser on your Mac, but you can also access the same online resources if you are using a PC and say IE. The reason for this being possible is that the infrastructure such as HTML and the HTTP protocol are based on open standards. Without open standards, you are tied into proprietary network solutions that only work using one vendor.

All services in BarracudaDrive are based on open standards and can therefore be accessed by virtually any type of device. For example, the open standard WebDAV protocol, which makes the server accessible as a NAS can be accessed from any device that either implements a WebDAV client in the operating system (OS X) or makes it possible to download a third party WebDAV client (Iphone, Android, etc).

Why would you limit yourself to a solution where the protocol (not the implementation) is based on a proprietary solution that:

* Forces you to use one vendor and/or operating system
* Requires that you install specialized clients
* Limits your use to what is dictated by the vendor
* Makes it impossible to access your data from non supported clients
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Mikaelf replied on 04 Oct 2011
SSH tunnel to network your own macs over any network. How is that limiting for me? I don't care about IE or PC's.
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Mikaelf replied on 04 Oct 2011
BTW, I have tried these solutions sharing stuff from your own network but they all suck since your uplink speed from a home networks sucks and most of them are bandwidth capped so they wont work for sharing anything in volume. Better to get the stuff synced up to the cloud (iCloud or elsewhere) where down speed is good for everyone.
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Stilman replied on 04 Oct 2011
Before barking, make sure you read up on the product. BarracudaDrive includes a tunnel and can be installed on a cloud server. See the following for more information: http://barracudaserver.com/products/BarracudaDrive/cloud/

BTW, I would consider switching to another ISP if your upload speed "sucks". You will have problems with any online service with a low upload speed. For example, online backups will be difficult.
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Mikaelf replied on 04 Oct 2011
I have comcast cable. It's as fast as it gets in the US but even so I I try to share all my photos with family or whatnot in Europe streaming from my home network speed is unusable compared Google, MobileMe etc etc. Bandwidth cap would also kill me instantly. You also forgot to mention that your ssh tunnel is not free. The reason for me to use Slink or similar tools are for myself and myself only and it will give me my whole home network and any bonjour service wherever I am. Way more functional.
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Real Time Logic (developer) replied on 04 Oct 2011
All tunnel clients are free: http://barracudaserver.com/products/BarracudaDrive/sslvpn.lsp
The exception is GetMyLAN, which is developed by another company.
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Macnews reviewed on 07 Jun 2011
This is a great idea. I saw the 'cloud' concept coming years ago. It's nothing but an attempt by industry to control something they recently lost control of, and, which Apple took advantage of, even though Apple is now a cloud proponent.

To quickly summarize: I want control of my own files. I would like to access them from my *own* equipment securely. I don't want anyone else having any more control than is necessary over my property. I don't have anything to hide, per se, but it is MY choice as to what I would reveal or entrust to the world or any third party. It's not necessary that anyone else have control over my property, even as the tech industry gears up for what they call 'cloud computing'. It's just another term for not only regaining, but taking even more control over our own personal privacy.

Those who disagree may, perhaps, want to take another look at the story involving the frog in boiling water...
[Version 4.5.5]


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Mondele commented on 27 May 2011
How is it Free and $9.99?
[Version 4.5.4]

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Real Time Logic (developer) replied on 27 May 2011
It is free by doing a bit more reading.
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Reddog99 replied on 07 Jun 2011
The developers answer is less than enlightening .
Also untold is that access to Facebook is required to get a "free" license. Frankly, this has gotta be even more stupid than Apple's App Store...
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Stilman reviewed on 01 May 2011
BarracudaDrive is a product that focus on file hosting, similar to online services such as Dropbox, but instead of using an online service provider, you use your own Mac computer. The product can for example be installed on a Mac (turning the Mac into a server) and accessed from any type of client computer, including iPhone, Windows, Andriod, etc.

The Mac Finder is used when using a Mac as a client and when connecting to a far side BarracudaDrive server. You can Google "mac WebDAV" and you will get many hits. I found the following when searching:
https://webadmin.unt.edu/wiki/use-webdav-mac-os-x-finder

Connect to BarracudaDrive from iPhone:
http://www.appexplorer.com/a/382551345/

You can also use Apache that comes with your OS X as a file server, but The Apache/WebDAV combination is difficult to setup for non technical users. For example, you have to make sure the server is secure, that you have your users configured correctly etc, all by using hard to understand configuration files.
For example, the following article shows how to use Apache:
http://gigaom.com/apple/how-to-enable-webdav-on-your-mac-for-iwork-on-ipad/
All of the hurdles are avoided when using BarracudaDrive.
[Version 4.5.2]


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Jeffstander rated on 11 Mar 2013

[Version 6.1]



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N.Flick rated on 16 Apr 2011

[Version 4.5.2]



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Https rated on 11 Feb 2011

[Version 4.5]


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BarracudaDrive transforms your home or business Mac computer into a powerful and secure online storage system, letting you access and share files from any connected computer or device in the world.

No software needs to be installed on the client computer that you use when connecting to your home/business server since BarracudaDrive is based on open standards. Access and share inbound and outbound private documents, photos, videos, or other files, from your smart phone or tablet (iPhone, iPad, Android, Nook, Kindle, Blackberry), Windows, Mac, and Linux on your own secure BarracudaDrive server.

Features:
  • Easily create your own multiuser file storage system, and share inbound and outbound documents, photos, and videos with friends, family, or business colleagues.
  • Easily create and run your own website, blog, and forum without paying an outside firm to host it.
  • Ensure your online privacy and provide secure, unblocked, encrypted access to the Internet with our tunnel technology.
  • Automatically and securely distribute files of any size, even huge files, to any number of contacts via regular email.
  • Avoid ongoing and expensive service fees. Don't "rent" when you can own!


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