Are you ready to widely distribute your backup storage? Space Monkey is. It’s a Kickstarter project that proposes a network of devices that all contain little encrypted bits of everyone else’s data.
The idea springs from the feeling that although cloud storage is the best way to keep backups safe, it can get expensive if you have a terabyte or more of data you want to protect. And with HD videos and high-res photos being turned out of our mobile devices at a quickening pace, that’s an easy point to reach.
Space Monkey takes advantage of the relatively cheap cost of hard drives (you can get a 1 TB internal drive for around $70) and envisions a network of those cheap drives forming a virtual data center distributed among all Space Monkey users. The data is broken up into tiny chunks and encrypted so no one else can see your stuff, but everyone has a few bits and bytes of everyone else’s files.
The Kickstarter project has about three more weeks to run, but pledges have already more than doubled the goal of $100,000. If you want to get in on this while it’s still on Kickstarter, $119 will get you a Space Monkey device and 12 months of service for 1TB of data. For $199, you can get 2TB of storage space for a year. Estimated delivery of the devices is July 2013.
Thanks to reader Rich Aspey for suggesting this story.