SEAGATE HAS announced the closure of its Lyve cloud viewing platform that allowed users to remotely view photos stored on their NAS devices.
It’s the second time in just over a year that Seagate has killed off such a service after sparking security concerns last summer over the closure of its Wuala cloud storage service without giving full disclosure of what was to happen to the data.
Lyve is a slightly different beast that allows a tunnel into activated devices and consolidates the files into a single interface. Only thumbnails are stored in the cloud.
The nearest equivalent would be something like Plex, the cross-platform media server which has continued to be very successful.
Lyve will be shut down on 31 December and users have been advised to make sure they have access to the original copies before this date.
The official announcement reads: “Your Lyve service account will be permanently deleted, including related information or metadata about your photos and videos. Remember that the Lyve service does not store your photos and videos, only information about your content.”
The hybrid cloud idea was perhaps bewildering to the casual user and never really took off. No new accounts can be created from today, and users are being offered a six-month free trial of Amazon’s unlimited storage instead.
The choice of Amazon as a partner is a little surprising as new customers of selected Seagate products have been offered Microsoft OneDrive space for two years after purchase.
Seagate has given no explanation about why it has decided to end the service, but cloud storage has plummeted in price over the past few years, and it seems that Lyve would have had to expand its feature set, as Plex has, or become pure cloud. The latter option seems very unlikely given the closure of Wuala last year.
For now, the advice is that you can continue to use the service until the end of the year but should migrate and back up all files in remote locations as you won’t have access to them once the service is switched off. All accounts, thumbnails and metadata will be deleted.
Seagate was recently sued by its own staff after a phishing attack led to employees' personal and financial information being leaked. µ
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