Popular Telephony, the start-up that made a splash last year with its PeerioBiz software that creates peer-to-peer IP phone networks without an IP PBX, is introducing PeerioData, software that creates storage networks without dedicated storage servers.
Built on top of its Peerio middleware, PeerioData chops up files to be stored and distributes them on free hard-drive space in all the PCs on a given network. When a user wants to access a file, PeerioData retrieves the pieces and reassembles it.
For redundancy, Peerio distributes multiple copies of each 32K-byte chunk. The announcement is being made Wednesday at VON Spring 2005.
"Put any information through Peerio middleware and it will be stored reliably and redundantly and can be found by any other device by querying its own Peerio engine," says Dmitry Goroshevsky, Popular Telephony's founder and CEO. Peerio can run on virtually any operating system and act as an engine for storing data and running applications, he says.
While the company has written the PBX and storage software to run on top of Peerio, ultimately it hopes other vendors will license the basic Peerio platform and write their own applications. Popular Telephony will just license its platform, Goroshevsky says.
Data distributed by PeerioData is first IIS-encrypted, and no clear-text record of the location of the pieces is kept on any of the machines. Rather, when a request for a file is made, Peerio runs an algorithm that indicates where the PC can find the parts. Goroshevsky would not detail how that works.
Popular Telephony has licensed its Peerio IP telephony software to Global IP Sound, Atonix and Commoca, which have embedded it in their phone handsets.
Trial copies of PeerioData will be posted on the company's Web site Monday. Full versions of the software cost US$15 per client.