Sure, you’ve heard about “the cloud” for years now, but what the heck does that really mean? Before marketers got ahold of the word, “cloud” actually meant something. Cloud computing is a distributed approach where the computing work is spread over a number of connected devices. The advantage of this approach is that you gain economies of scale, reduce vulnerability, and allow for rapid expansion of resources when necessary. No single system is responsible for any one single operation, so devices in the cloud can come on and go offline as needed.
Unfortunately, in practice, the term “cloud” is now used whenever a company is offering anything as a service over the internet, regardless of the underlying computing architecture. That is especially true for cloud storage, where all of your data may very well be sitting on one device in a data center somewhere in the high desert. Not very cloudy, is it?
Symform actually stands out in this space as a unique provider of what we would consider closer to “true” cloud storage. Before you think we are just a bunch of Seattle elitist hipsters (we are totally from Seattle, but not very hipstery), let me explain why. Symform’s revolutionary peer-to-peer cloud storage architecture spreads user data over a worldwide network of independent devices. As users join the network cloud storage capacity is added. As they leave it goes away. Symform acts as the central orchestration service, telling each device where to go to store and retrieve data. But there is no giant data center behind our cloud.
Of course this approach means we have to do more work on the backend than our peers, but the advantages are that Symform can be faster, cheaper, more secure, and greener than any other cloud storage out there.