Start-Up’s Profile: AetherStoreIn software creating shared storage system out of unused space on workstation HDDs
By Jean-Jacques Maleval on 2013.03.18
501 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10017
AetherStore is the first venture of AetherWorks LLC, based in the same location, a software research and venture development firm - it funds research, designs products, and founds companies. It will be spun out or sold once it will be able to stand on its own.
- Dr. Robert MacInnis, co-founder and CEO: starts AetherWorks in 2010; in his free time plays as goalkeeper in a New York soccer league.
- Allan Boyd, co-founder and COO: joined AetherWorks in 2011 after being in the management team at Kelvin Connect, a mobile data and information management software firm; Scottish musician who played with the Royal Northern Philharmonic.
- Dr. Angus Macdonald, co-founder and CTO: also originated from Glasgow, Scotland, worked in autonomic, fault-tolerant distributed systems as director of research at AetherWorks.
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Its software creates a shared storage system out of the unused space on workstation HDDs.
In-Organization Shared Distributed Storage
It uses a distributed storage system to pool together unused capacity in existing office machines - capacity that would be wasted otherwise - and spreads both the load and the risk of storage among them. A secure, cloud storage service is used for versioning, remote access, and long-term backup. The store provides transparent full file version histories for auditing and compliance purposes and requires no staff, no maintenance, and no new hardware. The system appears and is used as a normal drive. Users can save files and continue working immediately, experiencing the performance of their local storage while a background process takes care of encryption and backup. By utilizing a three-tier approach - local, shared distributed, and cloud - AetherStore users have a secure local copy of their recently - and regularly - used files, making remote access faster and more secure while saving bandwidth.
Currently accepting applications for early adopters program, moving to more broad-scale beta soon
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Distributors and OEMs
No one at the moment, but letters of intent from distributors and resellers in the US, UK, Germany, Austria, France and Switzerland
Manufacturers and resellers of small office servers