Do we need a Dropbox alternative? Say hello to Sher.ly.
by Marek CieslaI think the idea of having all my files instantly available on all my devices is great. You stop being dependent on a machine, and, finally, the only thing that matters is what you’re working on. For me, syncing is great. But what if it’s not just me anymore?
Having guests in the house
We aren’t solo players working completely independent from the rest of the folks in the company. We work in teams, groups, pairs, and associations. If you work, you share your data; however, should each of your team members have the same rights to your data as you do? Imagine having guests in your house: you love to host them and engage in conversations, but you wouldn’t like them to move your furniture around or throw away the stuff they don’t like. Now think: how many times have your team members deleted shared data they didn’t want anymore, or caused a synced deletion of all its copies? Blind syncing clearly does not cut it for group data collaboration. We’ve been there, done that. That’s why Sher.ly does not sync everything: it synchronizes the shared metadata and particular group data only. Only you can delete your data. image
Moving an elephant
Syncing small files is a piece of cake, but what about the bigger ones? File sizes grow exponentially: a one-minute video shot on a smartphone is over 100 MB! Too big for email or instant messenger. Most of us don’t even check how big the file we want to send is. Moving big data is a big problem, it even seems impractical to do this heavy lifting anyway: it’s much easier to gather a group of friends and go to the zoo to see an elephant than having an elephant taken from the zoo and sent door-to-door. Sher.ly doesn’t ship elephant-size data anywhere. Instead, sher.ly lets you invite people to access your data from your personal storage – your “local cloud”, as we call it.
Ask, ask, ask … then ask again
Let’s get something straight: networks are fast and getting even faster – file transfer protocols are slow and not getting faster fast enough. The networks we use today have changed dramatically over the last 20 years; the way files travel, not so much. The old network SMB (CIFS) paradigm is to blame – browsing a network today means asking every single machine the same question: “What do you have?” Then you wait a while for an answer, then for a while longer, and so on. You click on “local network” on your machine and … wait to find out. Every file is linked to a machine somewhere. That’s old and long obsolete. We want to change file sharing as we know it. That’s why Sher.ly uses the predictive hash index technology to sync all shared metadata. You just request particular data and don’t have to worry about browsing for its location. Sher.ly makes sure you won’t break a sweat.
I think the idea of having all my files instantly available on all my devices is great. You stop being dependent on a machine, and, finally, the only thing that matters is what you’re working on. For me, syncing is great. But what if it’s not just me anymore?
Having guests in the house
We aren’t solo players