Symform, a business-oriented provider once cloud storage, announced today that it is offering consumers in general, 100 GB of online storage for free. Given the fact that most other online storage services offer only 2 GB or 3 GB for free, this seems a good deal.
However, as there is no such thing as a free lunch, this huge amount of online storage comes with a trap, possibly even larger. In order to get the "free" online storage, you must contribute 150GB of local storage on a device that is always in a home network connected to broadband.
Symform This is because, as he claims, is the first company to break with the traditional data storage center of the cloud. Instead, use a technology called RAID-96 for geographically distributed, encrypt and store your data.
In simple terms, this means that the stored data through the service Symform divides and replicates in 96 pieces that are distributed in 96 different teams over the Internet. In addition to providing redundancy, the company says this allows uploads and downloads up to 50 times faster than is obtained with a centralized data center. Symform According to the data stored in distributed teams is encrypted and therefore can not be accessed by local users, but only those with authorization.
The idea of local trade storage online storage is not new and has been offered by Wuala long. While this is good, definitely not free. Especially when you have to trade local storage 150GB for only 100 GB of online storage. On top of giving local storage, users will also have to offer in terms of equipment, electricity and broadband connection, which may come with a monthly data cap.