Published on August 23rd, 2013 | by Travis Korte

Space Monkey Co-Founder On The Trouble With Datacenters

The Center for Data Innovation spoke with Alen Peacock, co-founder of cloud-based storage startup Space Monkey. Space Monkey, which has been described as “Dropbox meets BitTorrent,” applies the peer-to-peer model to data storage, offering users a secure, in-home machine that both hosts their own data and stores parts of other users’ data. It is based in Midvale, Utah.

He explained some of the difficulties associated with storing data in massive, remote datacenters. Aside from the high cooling and electricity costs, the sheer task of moving data in and out of repositories thousands of miles away from one another has become a problem, and cloud entrepreneurs are just beginning to come up with solutions. Hear some of his insights in the video above.

 

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Travis Korte is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation specializing in data science applications and open data. He has a background in journalism, computer science and statistics. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, he launched the Science vertical of The Huffington Post and served as its Associate Editor, covering a wide range of science and technology topics. He has worked on data science projects with HuffPost and other organizations. Before this, he graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, having studied critical theory and completed coursework in computer science and economics. His research interests are in computational social science and using data to engage with complex social systems. You can follow him on Twitter @traviskorte.



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