Work on the Space.Cloud.Unit (SCU) project is progressing rapidly. At the end of last year, the team had started to build the world’s first blockchain-based marketplace for cloud storage, which will be funded through an ICO. On October 1st, the public pre-sale will start. Of course, the SCU managers are already thinking ahead and are therefore looking for additional developers and other cloud service partners in order to be able to also maintain the high impact rate in the planning, development and implementation of the SCU project in the future.
Duesseldorf, 25.09.2018 – The idea for Space.Cloud.Unit was born in 2017, in a small group, in the head office of dal33t GmbH, a company that, with its File Sync & Share solution “PowerFolder”, has been providing a proven product for over ten years. The idea for Space.Cloud.Unit was roughly sketched, checked for its feasibility and approved. More than 20 additional employees were gradually brought in to implement the project – crypto specialists, blockchain specialists, marketing artists, smart contract designers, ICO connoisseurs, IT lawyers, financial jugglers and many more. The implementation and help of such experienced companies as Blockchain Solutions, Kloepfel Digital or the law firm Winheller proved invaluable.
For the next development phase of Space.Cloud.Unit, the team needs to be extended even further. We are currently looking for developers, first and foremost Blockchain Developers, Network Managers and Front-End Developers. Further details about the positions are available via the contact form of Space.Cloud.Unit (https://space-cloud-unit.io/en/contact/) or by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Other cloud service partners are welcome!
Space.Cloud.Unit brings together cloud storage seekers and cloud storage providers in a single marketplace. For the providers, this has several significant advantages compared to the models that are currently common on the market: This means that, not only is the administrative burden reduced by the fully automated processing, costs in marketing, sales and contract conclusion are saved. The implementation and tracking of KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) are easily possible, too, but access to completely new target groups also becomes opened up. This allows the provider to concentrate fully on their core competences. In plain language: The additional marketing of its offer provides advantages for
cloud space providers, in every respect and without much effort. Some cloud service providers have already confirmed their participation in Space.Cloud.Unit, as they are entirely convinced of the innovative and unique concept. Of course, other cloud service partners are always welcome! Interested parties can contact the SCU team directly – either via the contact form of the Space.Cloud.Unit (https://space-cloud-unit.io/en/kontakt/) or by email at (email@example.com).
In the course of the announced step-by-step rollout of Version 14 of the File Sync & Share solution PowerFolder, the new web interface of PowerFolder – which operates under the picturesque name “Picasso” – has gone online. PowerFolder users benefit from an increase in speed and comfort and many other new features.
One of the most important new features of PowerFolder version 14 is the complete redesign of the web portal called “Picasso”. Not only does it look much more responsive and modern, it also brings more speed and comfort – and a lot of new features and enhancements. For example, the responsive design ensures that Picasso’s graphic design adapts perfectly to the requirements of each device. A multi-select functionality has also been integrated: File operations such as “Copy”, “Cut” or “Paste” can then be executed on multiple files or file folders. Finally, for admins and resellers, Picasso offers a new overview page: The dashboard provides all important information at a glance, such as the licenses issued, the memory used, the utilization of the servers or the connected devices. The pre-release version of Picasso for on-premise customers is expected to be released by the end of August.
Feedback is requested
Despite the quality assurance, there may be small discrepancies. In that case, users will be asked to report any issues to support (support.powerfolder.com). Screenshots, device information, the browser version and a process description of the discrepancies should be transmitted to the support if possible so that the requests can also be processed quickly.
Another important component of the step-by-step rolled-out version 14 will be D2D Connect – a solution that enables reliable and secure synchronization of data between mobile devices. It originated from a cooperation of the dal33t GmbH with the “working group for technology of social networks” of the institute for computer science of the Heinrich Heine university Duesseldorf. With D2D Connect, for example, employees at a trade show can securely exchange data, even if the network is overloaded there, or data can be shared by relief organizations in the event of a disaster or in areas without network coverage.
A first executable version has already been released for Apple devices; For the moment, it only runs on the PowerFolder Productive Cloud (https://my.powerfolder.com). The D2D Connect App can be downloaded for free from the App Store. (https://itunes.apple.com/de/app/d2d-connect/id1173812488?mt=8)
Because of the migration of the PowerFolder Cloud to new, more powerful server at the data center operator Hetzner Online from Nuremberg a little fine tuning is necessary. So today it can once again occasionally come to short-term restrictions on the accessibility of the cloud. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Currently, the PowerFolder cloud is migrating to new, larger and more powerful servers. Therefore, there may be short-term restrictions on service until May 27th. In addition, the PowerFolder cloud is now accessible via IPv6.
Due to the strong increase in user numbers in recent years, Düsseldorf-based dal33t GmbH, developer of the File Sync & Share solution PowerFolder, has now begun with the move of the PowerFolder cloud to new, larger server at data center operator Hetzner Online from Nuremberg. With the near doubling of storage capacity and the faster processors of the new servers, the PowerFolder cloud is well prepared for the future. As a result of the move – which will be completed by May 25 – there may be short-term cloud accessibility issues; but these will only take a few minutes each.
PowerFolder cloud now available via IPv6
For a long time, the basis for any data exchange and communication on the Internet was the Internet Protocol “IPv4”. In purely mathematical terms, this means that four billion Internet addresses can be allocated – which seemed to be sufficient just over 30 years ago, when this standard was developed. In the meantime, however, the pool of addresses has been completely used up, mainly due to the sharp rise in global user numbers and the proliferation of mobile devices. The last IPv4 addresses were already issued in 2015 in North America.
Remedy is to create the IPv6 standard, which can provide several hundred sextillion addresses. However, as not every hardware is able to communicate via IPv6, the conversion is done gradually; For example, most access providers (such as Vodafone, Telekom or Unitymedia) also offer parallel operation of IPv4 and IPv6 (“dual stack”).
Among those already equipped for the new standard is also PowerFolder: The cloud is now accessible via both IPv4 and IPv6.
Although the University of Birmingham (UoB) contract for the File Sync & Share solution PowerFolder of Düsseldorfer dal33t GmbH expires at the end of 2018, the British university decided to extend it early.
Düsseldorf/Birmingham 11.05.2018 – One cannot express their satisfaction with a product better: The University of Birmingham has already extended the contract with dal33t GmbH for the use of PowerFolder, which was previously due to expire at the end of the year 2018, well before the end of its term. Aslam Ghumra of the University’s Research Data Management said, “The developers at PowerFolder have listened to us and helped us with our concerns and ideas, even after our commissioning of PowerFolder at our high-performance data centre.” Christian Sprajc, CEO of dal33t GmbH, the company behind PowerFolder, added, “In the University of Birmingham, I am pleased to have such a long-established university as a customer and I am delighted that we will continue our productive and innovative cooperation well into the future.”
In the summer of 2016, PowerFolder was chosen because it guarantees a tailor-made, competitive solution that integrated easily with the university’s own system. The secure and uncomplicated, flexible collaboration of researchers within the university and with their national and international colleagues is of immense importance for the research-intensive university. In addition, UOB also maintains scientific collaborative partnerships with major commercial companies to help them develop high-tech products, as well as collaborating with state health authorities.
In the coming years, PowerFolder will continue to ensure that the sharing of the University’s highly sensitive data will continue to function smoothly and securely.
About the University of Birmingham
The University of Birmingham emerged in 1900 by a charter of Queen Victoria from the Mason Science College, founded in 1875 and is today one of the largest universities in England with a total of 33,000 students. It is a member of the Russell Group, which represents the interests of the UK’s top universities vis-à-vis the government and is a founding member of the worldwide university network “Universitas” 21. It is also a cooperation partner of the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. Famous alumni include actor Tim Curry, musicians Spencer Davis and Simon Le Bon (Duran Duran), zoologist and behavioral scientist Desmond Morris, and eleven Nobel Prize winners. For example, Francis William Ashton (Chemistry, 1922), John Robert Vane (Medicine, 1982), Paul Nurse (Medicine, 2001), Mike Kosterlitz and David Thouless (Physics, 2016) oder Sir J. Fraser Stoddart (Chemistry, 2016).
Space.Cloud.Unit (SCU) is the next evolution in the cloud space market. With the world’s first cloud building kit, users can assemble their cloud according to their own wishes and needs. The blockchain project is being developed by File Sync & Share specialist dal33t, developers of the tried-and-tested PowerFolder solution.
Dusseldorf. April 19, 2018 – Anyone who currently uses storage space in the cloud almost always has to make compromises. Sometimes a part of the memory space remains unused, the contract is too long or there are services included that are not needed, but still have to be paid for – simply because they belong to the package. “You just can’t please everyone”, say the providers. Oh, really?
Yes, you can! With “Space.Cloud.Unit” (SCU) users can soon build their ideal, individually tailored cloud service, without having to sign up to inflexible bundled deals and to bind to a provider in the long term. Space.Cloud.Unit allows users to only pay for what they really need in terms of storage space, contract length, services and security standards – and not a single penny more. SCU will then make a first major step towards decentralisation of the previously rigid cloud market.
Blockchain makes it possible
At the heart of SCU is a marketplace that brings together cloud space providers and cloud space seekers. There, users can specify their requests for memory size, storage location / location of servers, time period and availability (maximum downtime). In turn, providers themselves submit appropriate offers there.
Enquiries and offers are then fully automatically matched and merged. Subsequently, a digital purchase and service contract (a “smart contract”) based on Blockchain technology is automatically closed in real time. In this, scope and availability are determined and provided with a payment; this is done in the cryptocurrency “SCU – Coins”, which is also generated on the blockchain.
For its part, the provider must provide technical proof that he has actually saved the data under the agreed conditions. If he is unable to do so, a contractual penalty previously filed on the Blockchain will automatically be due. For example, in the event of a server failure and the resulting temporary unavailability of the data, there are no lame excuses from an overburdened hotline, but an automatic repayment (or SCU coins) to the user.
Everyone wins with the Space.Cloud.Unit
For users, the Space.Cloud.Unit means greater flexibility through tailor-made conditions, more choice at a glance, simplification of search and contracting, data security through complete encryption and high decentralisation – and, of course, cost savings. They only pay for what they really need and get money back if there are any failures. But cloud providers also benefit, as SCU offers them an additional route to the usual channels to offer their services. Even IT service providers of all sizes can become cloud space providers in the SCU marketplace: simply make their own, unused storage available and earn money. Access to the Space.Cloud.Unit is also much easier in this regard than with the closed systems of large market vendors.
Finally, both sides ultimately benefit from the more than ten years of experience of dal33t / PowerFolder in the product development and implementation of cloud storage solutions, which are now incorporated into the Space.Cloud.Unit – which also saves development time and money. Furthermore, the connection of other open source software solutions, such as other cloud service providers, to Space.Cloud.Unit is planned. SCU – which was conceived as an open-source project – is not a hermetically sealed system, but open to all sides for growth, integration and cooperation. And that, too, ultimately benefits providers and users alike.
Financing via ICO is planned
The Space.Cloud.Unit will be funded through a multi-stage ICO, an initial coin offering, which will begin in the second half of 2018. In an ICO, unlike an IPO, where shares are sold for financing, self-generated tokens are offered that only have their value in the future product. If the project is successful, then the value of the tokens should also increase. So, if you invest early, you win. Blockchain ICOs generated $ 3.78 billion in revenue last year.
The young start-up team is currently looking for members of the Advisory Board, investors, interested parties, beta testers and other developers. Their commitment will be rewarded: they get access to the presale. More information on the SCU-website (https://space-cloud-unit.io/), in the newsletter or via telegram.
Dal33t GmbH, developer of the proven file sync and share solution PowerFolder, and Dell EMC to cooperate in the areas of public authorities, healthcare, research and education.
Dusseldorf, March 20, 2018 – Due to increased demand for collaboration tools and proven solutions for the secure exchange of files and documents, dal33t / PowerFolder and Dell EMC have entered into a distribution partnership. The aim is to jointly offer future-proof, automated IT solutions for data storage and data transfer. The partnership will initially be limited to Germany and is aimed primarily at federal and state authorities, local authorities, as well as organisations in the healthcare, research, teaching and education sectors.
With dal33t / PowerFolder, Dell EMC has chosen the leading provider of file sync and share solutions for research and education in the German market. In addition to thousands of private sector companies, PowerFolder users include more than 100 German universities across six federal states, research institutes such as the German Cancer Research Center or the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research, as well as various state agencies. One of the key benefits of PowerFolder is that the solution meets the stringent requirements of German and European data protection laws. dal33t / PowerFolder and Dell EMC have long been partners in reference installations where the PowerFolder software successfully runs on Dell EMC’s Isilon storage systems, allowing a large number of users to utilise multiple devices to synchronize and share files and documents with other users.