Nivio, a cloud computing focused company, which offers solutions such as remote desktops and thin clients, has raised $21 million from Videocon & Group companies and US based PE firm, AEC Partners.The company intends to use the funding to support expansion of engineering efforts at its Palo Alto (CA, USA) office and for rolling out its cloud platform across its operating regions in Europe, Middle East, India and Australia. Although, Videocon makes mobile phones and offers a DTH service, we’re still not sure how the move will benefit it.
Update: As Pluggd.in notes, there’s a family connection to the funding, since Saurabh P Dhoot, one of the co-founders of Novio is Videocon chairman Venugopal Dhoot’s nephew. It also reports that post funding, the company will get access to Videocon’s reseller network to sell its desktop virtualization suite.
Nivio, which has been offering its platform on select thin client devices through tie-ups with ISPs like Airtel in India, intends to launch virtual desktop clients across several platforms, including iOS, Android, Windows and Mac, along with an HTML5 client which will work with any standard web browser (with HTML5 support). Through the client, Nivio will offer users, access to a full Microsoft Windows OS, applications like MS Office and 10 GB of storage space on its servers. It will also offer an App store that will allow users to rent desktop apps. Nivio will offer a Dropbox like file storage, syncing files across all client platforms.
Nivio will offer the service for monthly rentals ranging between $2 to $15 a month, in addition to a free plan for cloud storage that will offer 10GB of storage space. While the free storage plan might give competition to the likes of Dropbox, other plans offer remote access to a customised Windows desktop and MS Office ranging from a fixed number of hours to unlimited use, with a 30 day MS Office trial, for individual users and for students & educators. It also plans to launch plans for Small Businesses. We don’t know if the native clients will offer offline access to the Windows desktop, since the service is cloud based.
Another Palo Alto based company, OnLive, also offers a similar solution for the iPad, offering free access to MS Office and 2GB of free cloud storage, but doesn’t work without internet connectivity. It also intends to offer a paid version for $9.99 with 50GB of storage space.