BitTorrent Sync to upset cloud collaboration apple cart

Cloud file transfer

BitTorrent has unveiled a new file syncing service that it claims negates the need to store data in the cloud.

The circumvention of cloud storage services, such as Dropbox or Google Drive, gives users greater file transfer speed, the company claimed.

“Sync is unlimited, secure file-syncing. You can use it for remote backup. Or, you can use it to transfer large folders of personal media between users and machines; editors and collaborators,” the company said in a blog.

“With Sync, file transfers are encrypted. Your information is never stored on a server in the cloud; your data is protected by encrypted keys. Your files belong to you, and stay on the devices of your choice,” it added.

Clive Longbottom, service director at market watcher Quocirca, said BitTorrent Sync could be useful for individuals looking to sync files across multiple devices, but it lacks the functionality offered by some other cloud-based file sync and storage products.

For example, the offering does not feature drag-and-drop, versioning and social collaboration tools that similar offerings from the likes of Box, SugarSync and Knowledge Tree do.

“BitTorrent Sync maybe a good way of getting files across to other people on a one-to-one basis, or in synching files across one person's devices - but it also needs a full audit in areas such as who has been given a copy of any file, what have they done with it and so on top of the security and to have other functions for it to be useful to large organisations,” Longbottom told Cloud Pro.

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