Data Robotics (Drobo) and BlueArc founder Geoff Barrall's new small biz Connected Data has revealed itself after gaining $6m in A-round funding and cash from a Kickstarter launch. Connected Data's product is the Transporter, a 2.5-inch disk in a small conical desktop package, which copies files to other Transporters in a network …
So, I like the simplicity but the two bits that would make me nervous are (a) you need to make a hole in your firewall for the peer-to-peer bit to work, and (b) it still does need central control via the supplier. If you really do want a setup that has no supplier involvement then you have to deal with (a) but if the supplier dissappears one day then (b) is still a problem. Well, I suppose you still have the files on each of the Transporters but you'll have lost at least some (if not all) of their interconnectedness. Although I guess they could let you remove that risk by selling the command and control software too so that you could host that yourself if you really wanted.
Why do you need to make a whole for it ? NAT-Punching works well for Skype etc., even if your gateway doesn't talk uPnP.
The magic word "US"..
.. is enough to ensure anyone outside the US won't touch it with their valuable information ..
Do a Barrall roll!
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