Two weeks after Sync Alpha has officially been launched, BitTorrent’s piece of software is proud to announce that people used it extensively, sharing and organizing an impressive amount of data – 1PB.
If you don’t know yet what BitTorrent Sync is, feel free to check our previous article on the subject here. In short, Sync Alpha is a highly secure file syncing/managing service that’s similar to Dropbox, except one thing: it uses peer-to-peer technology, thus having no need of a “cloud”. The advantages are countless. On one hand, there is no limit to the files you share and or sync, on the other, the downloading and uploading speeds are only limited by your bandwidth. Did we mention it’s free? It’s FREE!
Leaving enthusiasm aside for a moment, we find that Sync Alpha has been a great success, accounting for an astonishing amount of data – 1 Petabyte (that’s 1000 TB). To that, BitTorrent Inc. said:
“To put that into context, the Internet Archive, one of the world wide web’s largest repositories of media, houses 10 petabytes of data. Sync is massive. And it’s growing. Over 70 terabytes of anonymous data are synced daily.”
“Sync was built for secure sharing. While we have general statistics about the app, we don’t have any access to private information,” the company assured its users.
“The client reports back anonymous usage statistics in the same way our other clients do. Sync uses this call to check if there’s a new build available. This call also contains some anonymous statistics that allow us to understand how Sync performs, and how it’s being used; data transferred directly, through relay, size of folders, and number of files synced.”
“This is the only information we collect, and we left it open intentionally – so that people could see the data we’re collecting. That way, it can be easily verified that we don’t have access to any private information,” BitTorrent concluded.
Sync’s huge success was not foreseen, but somewhat expected. Signs of becoming one huge piece of software that will go head to head with other established services were obvious. For example, ever since BT Inc. announced their plans to launch a syncing service at the beginning of this year and until April the 23rd when Sync Alpha was officially released, people synced over 200TB of data.
Thirteen days later and one hell of a job from BitTorrent’s development team and from those who helped along, and users added another 800TB worth of data.
“BitTorrent Sync was designed to solve for what we see as real, fundamental challenges to data synchronization: limitations on speed, size, and space; limitations on file security and dependency on cloud infrastructure. Because BitTorrent Sync is based on distributed technology, you can sync as many big files as you want. Transfers are encrypted, and information isn’t stored on any server, or in the cloud. Your content belongs to you, and stays on devices of your choice. That’s the way syncing should work,” BitTorrent wrote.
BitTorrent Sync is compatible with Mac OS X (Snow Leopard or later), Windows, and Linux. Additional information can be found here.
“You can install our application on Network Attached Storages (NAS) running on Linux with ARM, PowerPC, i386 and x86_64 architecture,” Sync’s official webpage reads.
“In the future, we plan to also support most popular mobile platforms.”