With any new technology adoption there are going to be issues of trust; cloud storage systems are no exception. Sher.ly launched their Kickstarter campaign yesterday for their newly designed hardware product Sherlybox, a device built for sharing and storing sensitive data, to help solve this issue.
The concept model delivers a new way of sharing your private files with friends, family, and co-workers with no uploads, no size limitations, and no catch. Sherlybox is based on secure connectivity technology that the team – Blazej Marciniak, Marek Ciesla, Krzysztof Koszyka, Wojciech Wojtanowski, and Piotr Leszkowicz – crated in 2009 called GatelessVPN.
This special kind of Virtual Private Network works without central servers and lets users communicate directly with each other. Additionally, the team is promoting the fact that Sher.ly’s software protocol was specifically designed for big files and is up to 20 times faster than CIFS/SMB protocols. According to them, if you need to move data around you will experience how fast your network actually is.
In short, the Sherlybox team is billing their new product as a private cloud completely under your control. Instead of sending your files to public cloud services, you can share them only with people you invite personally to your network. The people you invite to your network can also contribute their files to the group as well.
“It’s like a supercharged Dropbox, OneDrive, Box, or Google Drive running privately from your own drives securely behind your firewall,” reads the campaign page.
There are still 28 days remaining on the Kickstarter campaign, and at the time of writing Sherlybox has raised $26,083 of their $69,000 goal.