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Distributed storage vendor CrowdStorage is like the Airbnb of data storage, says CEO Colby Winegar. The company plans to launch a beta test of its Polycloud product soon, with a production ready version to follow in three to six months. Polycloud stores fractions of files with multiple cloud providers. Winegar says that model offers more security, privacy, availability, built-in data redundancy, and geographic distribution at a more affordable cost.
With cloud storage, “customers are really concerned about making sure their data is safe, making sure it’s available. We do something that’s really unique in the industry. We don’t even have a data center. We’re a software layer.”
CrowdStorage uses an erasure coding process, Winegar continues. “So we’ll take someone’s data and we’ll break it into three pieces, which makes it about one and a half times the size of the original piece of data, and then we’ll put them in three different cloud storage providers. We’ll put them in some expensive ones and some cheap ones. And that way, as long as any two of those providers are online, you’ll get your data.”
Polycloud will be available for $12-a-terabyte-a-month.
A network-attached storage solution that uses a similar premise is also in the works for launching in the next few months, he says. “We are using the unused data storage on people’s devices,” he explains. “We’ll take their data, we’ll encrypt it, and break it into 40 pieces and put it across the network [of NAS devices] and just encrypt it, and so we only need any 20 of the original 40 to recreate the data again.”
Like users’ initial reaction to Airbnb or Uber, Winegar acknowledges SMBs may worry about security. “Some companies will be a little hesitant because they’ll worry about the security of it. We feel like it’s more secure than even a data center.”
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