Do you have a few free gigabytes on your PC or Mac at home? The idea behind Hive is to compete with Dropbox – that he also wanted to take the opposite – Google Drive or WeTransfer, begins with this observation: take advantage, with your agreement, of this unused space to store other people’s data.
Files, small or very large, whose color you cannot see, will be divided into many small pieces to distribute them around the world to thousands of computers including yours. And when its owner needs it, Hive will pick up all these scraps to consolidate the files.
Do you remember anything This is normal. This is the technology behind Napster for sharing – and pirating – music. Hive, which has just announced its first fundraising of seven million euros, is based on a protocol derived from Bittorrent that is still used today for sharing files along with movies. – and not always legal –– but in technology, it is stable and the principle is the same.
Actually, this alternative cloud will work very simply. You can choose to participate by stating the number of gigabytes or terabytes you can make available on the network (Hivenet) as well as the times when you don’t need your computer, usually at night. We will immediately get the equivalent of cloud storage on Hivenet – and so on to others – for his own needs.
For example, if you make 50 gigabytes available, you will have the right to another 50 gigabytes on Hivenet to back up your data or create a digital safe with your important documents. Another interest is that if you don’t use all this space, you’ll get credits that, eventually, can be converted into euros. That’s why you get paid for storage you make available to others.
For the Franco-British founder of Hive, the main challenge was to convince the general public that provide access to part of their hard drive, and establish relationships of trust, with companies.
To achieve this, David Gurlé, formerly of France Telecom and Microsoft, from Cannes at heart, claims to rely on the best in terms of encryption to protect data, and security to make his network invulnerable. , including on the face of future quantum computers. .. which remains verifiable.
David Gurlé is not just anyone: this pioneer of voice over IP – in other words from the phone via the Internet – is the former founder of the Symphony, which was created in 2014 and valued at more than a billion dollars, which earned him the title “unicorn”.
“Up to 50% network loss, we manage to rebuild the entirety of a file.”David Gurlé, founder of Hive
To attract and gain support for his project, David Gurlé is playing with a popular argument: digital sovereignty. Those who sign up for Hive will have three options: to store their files everywhere without any particular preferences, to store them only in certain countries – for example in France – or not to store them in certain countries, for example in China, Russia or Iran. In other words, everyone will have control over where their data is placed.
There remains one last technological hurdle that must be overcome: if all the computers on the network are simultaneously turned off, how can you recover your files? Today, Hivenet supports up to 50% error thanks to file redundancies, in other words, several same pieces stored in different places, but wants to exceed 50% by David Gurlé. And he suspects this will be one of the conditions for the success of his next fundraiser, by the end of 2023.
If all goes well, Hive will begin the testing phase and in a small committee next October, before the official launch scheduled for early 2023. First goal: 100,000 users.