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Much has been said about the future of data storage being in the cloud. Slowly but surely, data and storage will all be accessible from different devices via the cloud. In fact, it is already happening with services such as iCloud, Box, Dropbox, and Google Drive offering cloud storage solutions. Microsoft also recently unveiled their new cloud-based Microsoft Office suite.

However, many of these cloud-based products have much room for improvement, especially in terms of speed. Did you know that over 73% of all Internet traffic needlessly traverses internationally when the originating source and recipients are in the same locality? This is where Gridblaze comes in, aiming to make data “local” again.

Singapore-based Gridblaze aims to optimize the Internet by bringing it back to its roots of distributed storage. A shakeup that can bring massively faster speeds, greater fault tolerance and a 50% global reduction in international Internet traffic. The product is also called a “content storage network.” For those that are more technically inclined, it is basically a network of storage nodes spread around the world. These storage nodes automatically enable developers to create web and mobile applications that route and store user-uploaded content in a server that is close to the user.

The outcome: this enables super-fast uploads and future downloads of content, as the data is kept local, thereby optimizing local bandwidth.

For the less technically inclined, imagine being able to use Dropbox in Singapore at local speeds instead of international speeds. That is Gridblaze for you, and potentially revolutionary.

Ease of setup plus reliability

mikhail ChooGridblaze was founded by Founder Institute graduate Mikhail Choo back in 2011. When asked about the ease or difficulty in setting up with the service, Mikhail assured us that Gridblaze has taken that into consideration.

“For anyone who has used Amazon AWS S3 or any other cloud based storage service, it’s simple due to the Openstack-based API that we’ve implemented. Furthermore we’ve created simple  tools to easily manage these geographically distributed files to present everything in one single “disk view” without any action from the developer. It’s like having 15 storage servers worldwide but managing as a single storage entity. We’ve also created libraries for all major web languages including Java, Ruby and PHP.”

Gridblaze is targeting developers and almost all SME consumer internet companies. As long as a web or mobile application requires users to upload files, images or videos, Gridblaze would definitely be a good choice. Furthermore, with Gridblaze,  developers can easily tap into countries like Australia, China and Germany that traditionally do not have cloud storage services either by Amazon, Rackspace, Azure or Google.

If that is not enough to convince you to give Gridblaze a try, Mikhail shared with us another important reason why many companies find Gridblaze useful.

“Companies are happy with our service because the isolated storage nodes that we’ve setup ensure that a region-wide disruption like that on AWS East region recently would not bring the service down, since we depend on over 5 providers in 15 locations.”

Gridblaze recently launched its public beta in July 2012 at the Founder’s Showcase event in Silicon Valley. They are currently growing at a rapid pace, and the startup is actually looking to raise their series A round financing to support its growth.

We were also told that Gridblaze is slated to release more product features as feedback rolls in. For all developers interested in trying out Gridblaze a try, the service is offering $200 in credit for signing up now. Registration is free, and Gridblaze only imposes a pay-per-use pricing structure.