Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




1889 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 317


# 173777 5-Jun-2015 17:02
Send private message

Has anyone tried Symform?

The idea of encrypted P2P storage sharing service intrigued me, so I decided to give it a go.

First impressions were good although missing basic features other applications have.  It seems as though uploading anything is extremely slow.  It's running on average hardware, but has the full 100/50 pipe to it's self and is only utilizing between 500kbps to 3.75Mb/s.

Have confirmed P2P isn't being throttled either and have tried over-riding their own bandwidth management system, which didn't change my results at all.  It's not quicker than conventional cloud storage as they promised, that's for sure.

Thoughts?  Has anyone else tried it?





Sometimes what you don't get is a blessing in disguise!

Create new topic
2546 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 759

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  # 1318097 5-Jun-2015 17:14
Send private message

I use it for replicating backups at work off site.  Our server backs up to a USB HDD, and once the backup finishes this is copied to my office desktop computer's secondary hard drive.  This folder is Symform'd to the cloud and a hot copy replicated on my computer at home by symform. Occasionally I test the home copy.

I've never actually checked the performance.

I'm going to experiment replicating client backups using Symform.  They backup to a local cheap NAS capable of running Symform.  This backs up to the Cloud and hot-copies to our office.  I have a cheap NAS on my home fibre connection providing storage to Symform so we don't have to pay for storage.

I believe Symform was recently bought by someone reputable, so I have high hopes for its future.




"4 wheels move the body.  2 wheels move the soul."

“Don't believe anything you read on the net. Except this. Well, including this, I suppose.” Douglas Adams

14792 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2753

Trusted
Subscriber

  # 1318137 5-Jun-2015 19:20
One person supports this post
Send private message

I lost data once (year 2000 or so) when a cloud storage vendor went under, so I wouldn't trust data to a small player. 10GB free is very generous, maybe too generous given they need multiple copies, backups, etc. I'd go with Crashplan/Backblaze/Dropbox for piece of mind personally.

 
 
 
 


2546 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 759

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  # 1318148 5-Jun-2015 19:42
Send private message

timmmay: I lost data once (year 2000 or so) when a cloud storage vendor went under, so I wouldn't trust data to a small player.

Small players go under all the time unfortunately.  Strangely people using Cloud technology often think the Cloud stuff does not need to be independently backed up.  Just because the data is in someone else's datacentre does not mean that mistakes (both business and technology mistakes) do not happen.

Symform has been around for a couple of years now quietly working away on their technology.  They are doing well enough to be recognised and purchased by a larger player (Quantum), which in itself is a huge endorsement IMHO.  (If you are sh*t, nobody would want to buy you.)




"4 wheels move the body.  2 wheels move the soul."

“Don't believe anything you read on the net. Except this. Well, including this, I suppose.” Douglas Adams

Create new topic



Twitter and LinkedIn »



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Xero announces new smarter tools, push into the North American market
Posted 19-Jun-2019 17:20


New report by Unisys shows New Zealanders want action by social platform companies and police to monitor social media sites
Posted 19-Jun-2019 17:09


ASB adds Google Pay option to contactless payments
Posted 19-Jun-2019 17:05


New Zealand PC Market declines on the back of high channel inventory, IDC reports
Posted 18-Jun-2019 17:35


Air New Zealand uses drones to inspect aircraft
Posted 17-Jun-2019 15:39


TCL Electronics launches its first-ever 8K TV
Posted 17-Jun-2019 15:18


E-scooter share scheme launches in Wellington
Posted 17-Jun-2019 12:34


Anyone can broadcast with Kordia Pop Up TV
Posted 13-Jun-2019 10:51


Volvo and Uber present production vehicle ready for self-driving
Posted 13-Jun-2019 10:47


100,000 customers connected to fibre broadband network through Enable
Posted 13-Jun-2019 10:35


5G uptake even faster than expected
Posted 12-Jun-2019 10:01


Xbox showcases 60 anticipated games
Posted 10-Jun-2019 20:24


Trend Micro Turns Public Hotspots into Secure Networks with WiFi Protection for Mobile Devices
Posted 5-Jun-2019 13:24


Bold UK spinoff for beauty software company Flossie
Posted 2-Jun-2019 14:10


Amazon Introduces Echo Show 5
Posted 1-Jun-2019 15:32



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.


Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.