Wuala is a online storage solution developed in Switzerland. The service is based on 4 main features: backup files on the Wuala servers, sync files across multiple devices, share things with your friends and secure your content by encrypting it before transmitting it over the Internet.
The company advertises itself as being one of the most secure alternatives in the cloud storage industry due to its full client-side encryption process. It provides a client utility for several platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux and Mobile. In each of the last 12 months Wuala managed consistently to attract tens of thousands of visitors to its website.
Wuala offers several pricing plans. The free edition includes 2 GB of free storage, while paid plans start at 10 GB of storage for 19 EUR per year.
The service started as a research project at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. It got incorporated as a private company under the name Caleido AG, but in March 2009 the site got acquired by LaCie, a French-based company, to complement its existent external hard drive business. Today Wuala offers sign-up discounts for LaCie customers, such as 10 GB for one year upon the acquisition of a LaCie external hard drive, or 4 GB for two years for a LaCie USB flash drive.