SOURCE: Bitcasa

Bitcasa

March 29, 2016 09:00 ET

Bitcasa Introduces Virtual Cloud Drive to End Reliance on Hard Drives

New CloudFS Driver That Enables Native Integration on Any Device Now Available to Qualified Partners for Testing

SAN MATEO, CA--(Marketwired - Mar 29, 2016) - Bitcasa, the cloud drive for the device economy, today announced the new CloudFS software driver, which allows any device to access cloud storage at the OS level, eliminating the need for local storage.

Made possible by Bitcasa's virtual drive architecture, which uses the cloud as primary storage as opposed to a sync mechanism, the new software allows partners with Portable Operating System Interface (POSIX) compliant file systems and local caching requirements to natively cloud-enable devices. Integration is as easy as adding a local drive.

"Unlocking the true potential of connected devices requires an end to the dependency on local storage," said Brian Taptich, CEO of Bitcasa. "Our new CloudFS driver is the first step towards a platform that enables any developer to add the cloud as a ubiquitous setting in their hardware or software solution."

The new CloudFS driver is able to securely store all data types, including media, apps, contacts, and settings, by embedding the cloud at the OS level. This allows a user's entire digital life to be kept organized and accessible across any device regardless of local storage constraints.

Potential uses for the driver range from handsets that offer iCloud-like backup and transfer capabilities, to small IoT devices with no local storage running applications directly from the cloud, and hybrid servers created to manage elastic capacity requirements.

The CloudFS driver will benefit partners and their ecosystems by providing:

  • Simple integration - a cloud drive can be mounted to a device OS as easily as a local drive, using a software driver and APIs that allow apps to communicate with the driver.

  • Native experiences - the cloud appears as another local drive to users, is managed through the device settings menu, and provides developers with direct read/write access.

  • Patented security - includes Bitcasa's recently patented zero-knowledge encryption method that also improves network efficiency to keep data safe.

The new CloudFS software driver is currently available through Bitcasa's product discovery program to qualified partners. The program includes a command line sample reference application and complete documentation. Interested parties can apply for access here.

About Bitcasa
Bitcasa is transforming the drive. By providing secure APIs and white label storage applications for OEMs, network operators, and software developers, Bitcasa helps the device economy create deeper relationships with their customers in over 140 countries worldwide. The Bitcasa Platform enables secure file storage, access, and sharing across all major platforms including Android, iOS, Windows, Mac OSX, Linux, and the Web. Bitcasa is backed by top-tier investors, including Horizons Ventures, Pelion Venture Partners, First Round Capital, Samsung Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz. For more details visit www.bitcasa.com or follow us on LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/company/bitcasa or on Twitter @bitcasa.