HP has decided to shut down its online backup and file sharing service Upline, according to Computerworld.
The service already stopped backing up files last week, but HP will keep its Uline servers online for another month. The Computerworld article quotes a HP spokesperson with the following words:
"HP will keep the file-restore feature of the Upline service operational through March 31, 2009 ... in order for customers to download any files that have been backed up to Upline."
HP was only in the backup and sharing business for a year before shutting down Upline. Of course, Upline isn't the only such offering that has been shuttered: AOL shut down its XDrive service last summer, citing the lack of "monetization levels necessary to offset the high cost of (its) operation." In other words: Running a backup service is just too expensive.
Strongspace, Mediamax and Omnidrive also all closed last year. And Box.net, which seemed ready to embrace many of the customers left in the cold by these closures, is now refocusing to concentrate on business customers.