P2P in the Cloud?
As we all probably know already, the cloud technology is becoming more and more prominent since electronically stored data is exploding onto our lives. We have companies such as Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft scrambling to build data centers to fulfill this need. But, what if we didn’t have to rely on these companies for our cloud-based storage. What if there were a way to store the data online ..a “Cooperative storage cloud.”
Symform is currently trying to create this. As seen in this http://www.forbes.com/sites/danwoods/2012/12/04/can-symforms-p2p-cloud-storage-platform-really-work/ article, Symform will try to ” create the world’s largest data center for storage, without actually building one. ”
What happens is it will use the free space on all participants on the cloud, and consolidate into one unified data storage. Although this seems like a very economic option, it doesn’t come without security concerns. However according to (http://www.xconomy.com/seattle/2009/02/19/symform-founded-by-ex-microsoft-pair-offers-cheap-efficient-data-storage-in-the-cloud/) the “files which are hosted in the cloud will be fragmented and encrypted before leaving the local machine. They are then distributed randomly using a load balancing and geo-distribution algorithm to other nodes in the cooperative.”