It appears that the term "cloud computing" has been hijacked by corporate giants who wish to introduce server farms to hold a great amount of corporate data, as well as web based applications to access and elaborate them.
I prefer to think of a cloud as a huge number of linked personal computers, all belonging to end users, perhaps some to companies, and I have suggested that we might use such a cloud to great advantage to back up data and to connect everyone more directly.
This idea has been posted as
"Backing up the internet in a P2P 'cloud'"
and a recent comment by Sean Larner points to broolz.com
for a coming application that will allow us, he says, to form our own cloud, keeping control over what data we put out there.
More recently still, a message by Jordan MacLeod, forwarded by Michel Bauwens, details the concept of Multi Homed Protection (MHP) to keep data in the open cloud secure and always available by storing it in multiple places in the cloud.
Here is the whole text as reference for those who may be thinking of doing some coding in the direction of making that open source cloud a reality.
On Tue, Jul 21, 2009 at 9:17 AM, Jordan MacLeod wrote:
It's a pleasure to announce the release of a software product a couple of years in the making. It is the first of what we hope are many to follow that capitalizes on what we are calling MHP technology. MHP, or multi-homed protection, is a patent pending process we have developed to revolutionize how we transmit and store data in cloud computing environments.
While this alpha product is frankly only suitable for those of you with technical expertise, I wanted to share this process with a broader audience because it is something that I believe will prove critically important in quickening the widespread adoption of cloud computing and build a more secure and resilient digital infrastructure (which at present is highly vulnerable to malicious attacks).
MHP works by breaking apart files before they leave your computer and spreading these files fragments over many servers. In this way, these fragments can be stored in the Cloud and/or transmitted to others with an exponentially greater degree of security and assured privacy. While the Cloud has staggering potential, it is precisely these current security and privacy concerns that prevent individuals and organizations from offloading their sensitive information onto servers that are vulnerable to hacking and privacy breaches. With MHP, no server would ever again hold a whole file that could be stolen or even read by an unintended party. The Cloud as a whole would be composed of millions of servers that each stored meaningless fragments that only had value when a user used MHP to retrieve the fragmented files and recombine them after each part is received. It is remarkably simple, yet powerfully effective in overcoming the primary barrier to cloud adoption. It simultaneously introduces a paradigm to confront the severe cyber terrorism risks of our day.
We would like to invite you to have a look at our website and product. For those of you with technical know-how, we hope you'll have a look under the hood to see how it works. For those of you who don't, we would be grateful if you pass along word of MHP to those who do. MHP is open source and we believe is relevant to billions of humans -- as a process clearly superior to the current state of the art, our goal is to attain universal adoption through free licensing to individual users and high-impact solutions to commercial, govermental and not for profit organizations.
Our website is: www.elevatorcorp.com
If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me. It's an exciting day for us and we hope you will join us in co-creating the Age of the Cloud.
Jordan Bruce MacLeod
Author, New Currency: How Money Changes the World As We Know It (Integral Publishers 2009)
Co-Founder, Elevator Software Corp. | www.elevatorcorp.com
Co-Founder, Cornerstone Global Associates
Founder, New Currency Institute | www.newcurrency.org
Noticing the apparent contradiction between "patent pending" and "open source", I asked the question to Jordan:
"I have one doubt which maybe you can clear up. You talk about a patent pending technology, but you also are saying that the technology will be open source. Can you explain?"
We filed patent applications more than 4 years ago for this technology and yes we are indeed committed to making it open source and available free to individual users while also offering a limited number of commercial applications that are paid licensing (while still open source). Our philosophy aims at universal adoption through a hybrid model that we see as a win-win-win scenario for our company, the companies we serve and humanity as a whole: every individual on the planet has free access to MHP for personal use, it's open source to allow customization and innovation, we provide high-impact products and services to commercial enterprise and we believe our company has an opportunity to make a viable contribution to the emergence of an open cloud.