Cloudhostingtech.com on Sep. 02, 2012 : In a text message for the cloud hosting customer of TextDrive who have been under the threat of discontinuation of lifetime cloud hosting services from Joyent cloud hosting provider, Mr. Dean Allan founder of TextDrive said that they would separate from the Joyent’ earlier decision to stop lifetime services from October 31. This message was issued by the founder of TextDrive on Thursday August 30, 2012.
In the message, it was further told that they are going to launch a separate cloud hosting company to continue these lifetime services to their loyal customers. This new company launch would be effective from November 1, 2012. This is the audience that lifetime cloud hosting services were started by Joyent host in 2004 to kick start the company but earlier this month it was announced by the company that they are discontinuing lifetime services.
In an interview given to a private technology news company, Mr. Jason Hoffman, CTO at Joyent said, “Honestly, we did a very rational, non-emotional look at that business and decided to exit that effectively. The response has been more than I thought it would be in that people are still very passionate about it, they’re still not going away, and so, I’ve been working the last few days around likely reneging on our reneging.” He further said, “It’s one of these things where in all seriousness you sort of look and you say well one option is to go ahead and just essentially end of life this line of business, the other option is we put in some extra effort and capital and we get it standing back up on its feet the right way so it is a self-sustaining business. Then we figure out how to have that run in a way where everyone gets what they want. The truth is that we took the easy route out first, and the feedback from everyone was basically, this is bullshit.”
There was a widespread criticism and fierce reaction from those lifetime customers who termed this as the backing out the promises and commitments.