SOURCE: SpiderOak

February 15, 2012 08:00 ET

SpiderOak Unveils Nimbus.io -- A Low-Cost Alternative in Cloud Storage Services

Open-Source Archival-Class Data Storage Service Slated for Commercial Release Later in Q1 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Feb 15, 2012) - SpiderOak, the cloud back-up, sync and sharing environment that is 100-percent private, today announced a major milestone in the development of Nimbus.io, an open-source alternative to Amazon's S3 cloud storage service. This milestone makes source code and detailed documentation available to developers wishing to participate in the project.

"Nimbus.io is a fresh design based on what we've learned operating the SpiderOak archival storage service since 2007," said Alan Fairless, CTO of SpiderOak. "Its free and open source backend software and hardware enables developers to either purchase storage from us or run their own storage clusters locally for a fraction of the price of similar services. There's work left to do, but we're well on our way towards turning Nimbus.io into a world-class long-term archival storage system."

Existing storage technologies do not address the needs of cool data storage in a cost effective way. Instead of data replication, Nimbus.io uses parity-based redundant storage better suited for cool data, addressing the need for a low-cost, off-the-shelf solution for reliable long-term archival data storage. Nimbus.io delivers long-term archival storage at dramatically lower prices than companies including Amazon S3, Google and Rackspace, while providing high throughput for the large requests associated with the creation and restoration of archival data.

At $0.06 per gigabyte, the upcoming commercial Nimbus.io storage service is priced substantially lower than leading services, and could lower customers' monthly bills by as much as two-thirds. Nimbus.io's server software is free software made available under the AGPL license. Its client components, also free and open source, are available under LGPL. This opens up a wide range of possibilities for developers to use cloud storage on their own websites.

Although the present version of Nimbus.io is available only by invitation, SpiderOak expects the commercial service to go live during the first quarter of 2012. Nimbus.io is scheduled to be deployed in production use at SpiderOak during Q1 2012, and to fully replace all previous storage systems by the end of 2012.

For more information on Nimbus.io, please visit: https://nimbus.io/

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