Wuala // was a secure online file storage, file synchronization, versioning and backup service originally developed and run by Caleido Inc. It is now part of LaCie, which is in turn owned by Seagate Technology. The service stores files in data centres that are provided by Wuala in multiple European countries (France, Germany, Switzerland). An earlier version also supported distributed storage on other users' machines, however this feature has been dropped. On 17 August 2015 Wuala announced that it was discontinuing its service and that all stored data would be deleted on 15 November 2015. Wuala recommended a rival cloud storage startup, Tresorit, as an alternative to its remaining customers.
|Original author(s)||Dominik Grolimund, Luzius Meisser|
|Initial release||August 14, 2008|
|Operating system||Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, Linux, Mac OS X 10.4 and greater, Android, iOS|
|Available in||English, German, Portuguese, French, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Italian, Dutch|
|Type||Online file storage|
14 August 2008
- An "open beta"-java-applet, available from the website, could be run from a web browser.
19 September 2008
26 October 2008
- An Alpha release REST API, at a very early stage of development, supported HTTP GET requests for content that was either public, or shared through a keyed hyperlink.
16 December 2008
- The Uniform Resource Locator changed from http://wua.la/ to http://www.wuala.com/ and files that were public, or shared through a keyed hyperlink, were made accessible through web browsers.
19 March 2009
- LaCie announced a merger with Caleido AG. Wuala described the merger as being between Wuala and LaCie (not Caleido AG and LaCie).
5 January 2010
23 May 2011
- All pro features - backup, sync, file versioning and time travel - are available for everyone at no cost
28 September 2011
11 June 2014
31 October 2014
- Wuala announced that existing free-only storage would be terminated at the end of 2014 and customers wishing to save their data should migrate away or purchase a paid plan
17 August 2015
Any registered user can:
- keep files private
- share files with other registered users
- share files with unregistered users, through a keyed hyperlink
- publish files
- file synchronization
- file versioning.
Registered and unregistered users can: receive streaming media.
When a user adds a file to Wuala, or saves changes to a file that is served by Wuala, the user's local copy of file is: first encrypted, then chunked into redundant fragments using Reed-Solomon error correction codes. The fragments are then uploaded to the data centers.
Wuala offered free accounts that had 5 GB of storage for no charge. As of 11 June 2014 they shifted to a paid-only service. As of the end of 2014 they will no longer support any form of free-only storage, shifting entirely to a payment based usage model.
For bought storage: prices range from 29 EUR/year for 20 GB to 999 EUR/year for 1 TB. Pricing changed in June 2014: The storage plan starts with 0.99 € per month (9 € per year) for 5 GB and ends at 159.90 € per Month (1799 € per year) for 2 TB of storage.
One of the distinguishing features of Wuala, the ability to trade local disk storage space against cloud storage, is no longer available.
The user interface offers most of the features that are normally associated with a file manager. Additional features come through integration.
Wuala Webstart and web browsers
Through a web browser, on a computer that has Java installed:
- the user can start/trust a Java applet, which downloads and runs a class loader allowing fast start of the latest version of the Wuala application.
If the computer is without Java, or if running of the class loader is prevented:
- any folder that is public, or shared with a weblink, can be browsed.
According to the FAQ, Wuala employs full client-side encryption. All files and their metadata – most OS X metadata is not supported – get encrypted before they are uploaded. The encryption key is stored such that no one, not even LaCie that operates the service, can decrypt the stored files. The disadvantage of this is that Wuala has no password recovery and all data processing needs to be done in the client (for example creating a search index). The advantage is significantly improved privacy.
Since the source code to Wuala has not been released, it is difficult to ensure that the software does what it states it does (including proper client-side encryption). Also, updates are pushed automatically to the client machine. These facts mean that users of Wuala are not safe from possible backdoors in code.
- 2007-10-18: Unlimited online storage for free, almost: Wuala | Webware - CNET
- 2008-05-22: Online Storage with Wuala | Linux Journal
- 2008-08-14: Wuala Makes Online Storage Social | News & Opinion | PCMag.com
- 2008-08-14: Wuala P2P online storage service goes live (Download Squad)
- 2008-07-18: You Have Three Days To Check Out Wuala's 'Social Grid' Storage (TechCrunch)
Notes and references
- "Nadelhorn Release Notes".
- Wuala | FAQ | General Questions | Who is behind Wuala?
- Wuala | How it Works
- A measurement study of the Wuala on-line storage service
- O'Hear, Steve. "Wuala, The Secure P2P Cloud Storage Service Acquired By LaCie, To Shut Down". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2017-04-03.
- "Wuala Shutting Down, P2P Storage Service Recommends Tresorit". Cloudwards. 2015-08-18. Retrieved 2017-04-03.
- Wuala Webstart | Download Wuala Webstart software for free at SourceForge.net
- SourceForge.net: Wuala Webstart - Project Web Hosting - Open Source Software
- Wuala Rest API | Wuala API (Alpha)
- Wuala Blog | Jingle Bell Rock
- LaCie and Wuala Merge to Create a Cloud of Storage Devices
- Wuala | FAQ | Wuala and LaCie
- Who is behind Wuala?
- Introducing: LaCie CooKey and LaCie WhizKey with Wuala Inside
- LaCie Unveils New USB "Keys" with Wuala Online Storage Inside
- Hottingen: New Style & Full-Feature Set
- Wuala dropping p2p trading
- Wuala | FAQ | Files and Folders | How do I stream my files?
- comment from Wuala, 2010-12-03 at Introducing: LaCie CooKey and LaCie WhizKey with Wuala Inside
- "Wuala Knowledge Base". Retrieved 7 July 2014.
- Wuala | Pricing
- Wuala | Remote Access
- Wuala Webstart: Launching a Java Application directly from a Website, 2009-06-25 presentation to Jazoon09, the international conference on Java technology
- FAQ entry at http://www.wuala.com/en/support/faq/c/20#id002003
- "Cryptree: A Folder Tree Structure for Cryptographic File Systems" by Meisser et al. http://www.dcg.ethz.ch/publications/srds06.pdf
- FAQ entry at http://www.wuala.com/en/support/faq/c/20#id002001