SOURCE: Polkast


May 31, 2012 11:15 ET

Polkast(SM) 2.0 Ushers in Next Wave of Personal Cloud Computing

Polkast Offers a Simpler and More Secure Way to Access Files Without Uploading and Downloading Content via the Cloud

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - May 31, 2012) - Polkast, a personal cloud service that connects computers and mobile devices through a secure peer-to-peer connection, today announced Polkast 2.0, available on Windows, Mac OS X, iOS and Android devices. Polkast 2.0 includes several new features and a Pro subscription version. With this upgrade, Polkast enables a better solution for mobile file access than cloud storage.

Polkast delivers an evolution to the cloud model, using peer-to-peer over WiFi or Internet to optimize the way files are accessed and shared between multiple devices. Peer-to-peer allows unlimited file access without uploading and downloading via the cloud, making Polkast faster and more efficient than the triangular computer-to-cloud-to-device model.

Cloud storage is no longer necessary for mobile access when the user can connect directly to their computer. Polkast turns any connected computer into a personal cloud file server that allows access to all files shared on any device connected in the user's private personal cloud. Polkast does not need to sync files, and has no storage limitations, enabling fast, secure access to large files like photos and videos.

"We start where the cloud stops, delivering improvements in user experience and efficiency over WiFi," said Hong Bui, founder and CEO, Polkast. "Most people have hundreds of gigabytes of files. Polkast solves an important need for people who transfer large files or have a large library of photos and videos trapped on their computer."

Since files are never uploaded, Polkast creates a safe and secure access to personal content. Unlike competitors, the transmission of files is encrypted and Polkast never has control over or access to users' content. This makes Polkast an ideal solution for personal users, and for SMBs that need to keep their files or their clients' files confidential.

New features in Polkast 2.0:

  • Polkast Pro subscription version. The standard free version of Polkast 2.0 allows unlimited mobile devices to connect to one computer or storage drive. The Pro version is designed for users with multiple computers and has no limit to the number of computers, storage or mobile devices connected in the personal cloud. Polkast Pro users can keep personal and work files separate yet always accessible.
  • Dynamically renders images to optimize in high resolution for great photo viewing, including stunning retina display on iOS.
  • View photos by Timeline, Album or Folder for fast access to unlimited photos.
  • Enhancements to progressive video streaming from computer to mobile directly over WiFi.
  • PC-to-PC now available on all Windows computers (Mac OS support coming soon).
  • UI and user experience improvements give even non-technical users the easiest, fastest way to build their own personal cloud for anytime file access.

Polkast is on the web and can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store or the Google Play Store. For more information, please visit

About Polkast
Founded in 2010, Polkast is ushering in the next wave of personal cloud computing. Polkast apps connect consumer devices directly, letting users build their own personal cloud, bypassing the public cloud. Polkast is a smarter solution for file access and transfer, leveraging WiFi and addressing the problems of cloud size restrictions and security -- files are not stored on a 3rd party servers, and only the user has access to them. Polkast distributes apps on Windows, Mac OS X, iOS and Android direct to consumers and through device partners.

Polkast software lets you seamlessly connect the dots in your digital life, quickly, securely and without limits. For more information about Polkast, please visit

Polkast and the Polkast logo are registered trademarks of Polkast, LLC. All rights reserved. All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

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