RASPBERRY PI, the barebones single chip computer, is being used as the basis of a secure personal cloud server.
The Sherlybox uses peer-to-peer (P2P) networking to enable filesharing between computers and networks on a per folder basis, using a protocol known as Gateless Virtual-private Networking (GVN).
Unlike commercial cloud services, which run from a central server, GVN has no traffic or storage limitations and transfers are, the company claims, 20 times the speed of CIFS and SMB. All files are fully encrypted end-to-end so only the people you've authorised to see your documents can.
As well as conventional filesharing, Sher.ly also plans to include the technology in streaming apps
such as Flex and XMBC, meaning that users will be able to watch a home video from a remote location, directly from where it is hosted, with no server.
The Sherlybox runs on a Raspberry Pi module C with 4GB of RAM and support for 2.5in hard drives, which are available included or separately. Though there is only one USB port, if you have the powered hubs the unit is capable of supporting up to 127 devices simultaneously.
Sherlybox's GVN software is already available in beta and is initially available for Windows, Linux and Mac, with mobile apps to follow.
The popularity of personal clouds continues to increase with the 'NSA Proof' Protonet server crowdfunding $1m for its own version within 90 minutes, joining Western Digital, which launched its prosumer MyCloud range last year. µ