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.