How about another take on providing cloud storage for consumers? How about crowdfunding it? How about it having not just secure expandable storage but also supporting file sharing, collaboration, versioning, document synchronization, and discussion boards? And how about adding support for interactive storefronts with built-in payment processing, inventory management, and CRM?
This is the ambitious goal of a Kickstarter project called Pixeom.
Based on a Raspberry Pi board with 16GB of internal storage (expandable using USB drives) in a custom case, the Pixeom is a plug and play system accessed through a Web interface (support for mapped drives is planned) that can be set up as either a public or private system. The device is capable, it is claimed, of supporting 100 simultaneous users and everything is stored encrypted using AES-256.
Here's a summary of the Pixeom specs:
- Embedded Linux
- Broadcom BCM2835 system on a chip (SoC)
- ARM1176JZF-S 700 MHz processor
- 512 MB RAM
- 16 GB Internal Storage
- 2 USB Ports
- 10/100 LAN Port
- LEDs for Power, Storage Access, Ethernet
- Low Power, Green 5V/1A Power Supply - equates to about $5 per year in electricity costs to the owner
- Can perform at high temperatures well above 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Does not require an air-conditioned environment hence having zero cooling cost.
- Easy to setup and connect from anywhere in the world. It has a self configuration software built in that will perform a self installation without any human inference.
Multiple Pixeoms can be linked to provide a single cloud that can be accessed from anywhere on the Internet and there are no subscription costs involved.
From the Kickstarter campaign you can get just the software for $75 and a complete system for $125. The price for retail product hasn't been set yet.
In short, this is an awesome idea and with just six days left in the Kickstarter campaign they've raised $64,704 on a target of $50,000 showing that at least 482 backers also get the awesomeness.