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Space Monkey Beta Launches

Space Monkey is the Google-backed start-up that intends to put a cloud in every house

Space Monkey's beta started Wednesday.

It's taking pre-orders for its P2P device on Kickstarter, where it's looking to raise money for the project.

A pledge of $99 will fetch the widget, 1TB of space and a year's subscription. A pledge of $199 buys 2TB for a year.

The number of devices is limited and delivery appears set for July.

A pledge of $1,000 - and it appears to have one - buys a so-called special edition device and 2TB for five years. The company says the user would work with a designer "to come up with something not even the ‘Jones's' can get their hands on."

Space Monkey is the Google-backed start-up that intends to compete against Box, Dropbox, Google Drive and SkyDrive aiming to put a cloud in every house and says it's "building a storage network the likes of which has never been seen."

It involves a local storage device and a $10-a-month subscription for a terabyte of online storage, which is 10 times the storage you'd get from Dropbox for the same money. It's looking to satisfy people with a lot of data as well as people who'd have a lot of data if they could afford it. (Think about those huge video files.)

It says anything stored on Space Monkey will be immediately encrypted, then broken into a lot of pieces and distributed in bits here and there around its user network and backed up on other devices.

The start-up claims the data is "virtually indestructible. The user gets the backup, sharing and anywhere accessibility of the cloud reportedly at 60 times faster speeds and a cheaper price for a lot more storage than the traditional cloud service - which is why its founders figure they're going to disrupt the cloud.

They also claim tight security and say unlike traditional cloud storage providers, their data protection is "verifiable and auditable by anyone with the inclination to do so, providing provable protection of your privacy and security."

Files should be accessible from any device including iOS and Android mobile devices, Windows, Mac and Linux clients, as well as any other web browser-enabled technology.

It also obviously offers offline access.

Since they've designed a network that will scale to millions of Space Monkey devices residing in millions of different locations, they also say that they've built a remote management platform as a core part of the foundation of the Space Monkey software stack.

"Remotely managing devices that are spread across the globe is a unique problem not solved by any existing software written by traditional cloud storage companies. So, we've spent an enormous amount of energy and resources to make sure we can effectively roll out updates to devices remotely and automatically, without you ever having to lift a finger."

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