DEMO: Airset brings cloud computers to groups and individuals

Airset is one of 65 companies chosen by VentureBeat to launch at the DEMO Spring 2010 event taking place this week. These companies do pay a fee to present, but our coverage of them remains objective.

Cloud computing is a hot topic these days, but it usually refers to individual cloud-based applications like Gmail. Airset aims to take the notion a step further by offering individuals and groups cloud computing environments which contain multiple cloud-based applications.

By networking these cloud computing environments, the company believes it can help organize your life. For example, you can use your personal cloud for online storage, document creation, and calendar functionality — but also have access to a group cloud meant for work colleagues or family members. Each cloud contains web apps made by Airset and Zoho, including a word processor, spreadsheet app, and music and photo sharing.

Group clouds feature collaboration features like a group wall, community forum, and activity updates. When you join a group cloud, it’s automatically connected with your personal cloud — giving you a birds-eye view of everything happening within your cloud network. Both group and personal clouds also feature web publishing capabilities, making it simple to create a website, or any sort of web document.

Airset offers some mobile functionality as well: You can update your calendar and contacts from some smartphones and feature phones. The company also says that it has an iPhone app coming eventually.

You can try out the service with an ad-supported free account which features 1GB of storage. Its top-end account is only $9.95 a month, and offers 20GB of storage, along with the ability to add unlimited members.

The company somewhat competes with the likes of Zoho and Google’s many cloud-based services, as well as online storage solutions like Dropbox. It differs by offering a complete computing environment in the cloud, instead of individual applications.

The Berkely, Calif.,-based Airset acquired $400,000 in seed funding, and has since been bootstrapped by bridge funding from CEO Brian Dougherty.

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