Nivio, a cloud computing focused company, that offers solutions such as remote desktops and thin clients, is launching its cloud services for Indian small businesses, students, and consumers on April 10, 2012, reports CIOL.
Pricing: The report mentions that the service will initially offer a free trial offer for 1 month, providing access to Windows and MS Office on any platform and that the student version will be priced at less than Rs 200. However, there was no information on the exact price structure. That being said, we had previously noted that the service was intended to be available on a freemium model. There was to be a free plan offering 10GB of storage space and monthly rental plans with prices ranging between $2 to $15 a month.
Partnerships: Nivio claims that it has already partnered with over 70 system integrators (SIs) and value added resellers (VARs), and currently doing pilots with Airtel and Spectranet as well as targeting small businesses in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities. Sachin Duggal, co-founder and Chief Wizard, nivio said that they now have over 100 business and utility apps for subscribers and expect this number to grow to 5,000 apps in the next 14 months. The CIOL report also suggests that Nivio will probably partner with Airtel and Videocon to bring operater billing to its services.
Nivio, has previously been offering its platform on select thin client devices through partnerships with Internet Service Providers (ISPs) like Airtel in India, had earlier informed about its intentions to launch virtual desktop clients across several platforms, including iOS, Android, Windows and Mac, in addition to an HTML5 client. Through the client, Nivio had stated that it will offer users, access to a full blown Microsoft Windows operating system, along with applications like MS Office, and upto 10 GB of storage on its servers with cross platform syncing capabilities. The company had added that it will also offer an App store that will allow users to rent desktop apps.
Funding: In order to roll out its cloud platform across its operating regions in Europe, Middle East, India and Australia and support the expansion of engineering efforts at its Palo Alto (CA, USA) office, Nivio had recently raised $21 million from Videocon & Group companies and US based PE firm, AEC Partners to roll out. It was also revealed that post funding, the company will get access to Videocon’s reseller network to sell its desktop virtualization suite.
In July 2009, Nivio had partnered with Airtel to launch a thin client called Airtel Net PC for Rs 7999, which offered users 10 GB of remote data storage from Nivio, and used Microsoft Windows XP as its operating system, however Airtel had also tied up with Novatium in May 2010, to offer thin client services to its subscribers for Rs 4999 and a monthly rental of Rs. 999 for a 512kbps connection.
Novatium has had similar deals with the state owned BSNL and MTNL to launch Nova NetPC at Rs. 2999 with a Rs 175 monthly subscription fee and Rs 99 broadband connectivity charges and Tata Teleservices to launch Nova NetPC for Rs 2499 with a monthly subscription cost of Rs 350, and Rs 3499 with a monthly subscription of Rs 250.
Another Palo Alto based company, OnLive, also offers a similar solution for the iPad, wherein it provides free access to MS Office and 2GB of free cloud storage, but doesn’t have an offline support. The company had stated that it also intends to offer a paid version for $9.99 with 50GB of storage space.