Polkast, a personal cloud service that connects computers and mobile devices through a secure peer-to-peer connection, announced this week Polkast 2.0, available on Windows, Mac OS X, iOS and Android devices. Polkast 2.0 includes several new features and a Pro subscription version. With this upgrade, Polkast enables a better solution for mobile file access than cloud storage.
Polkast delivers an evolution to the cloud model, using peer-to-peer over WiFi or Internet to optimize the way files are accessed and shared between multiple devices. Peer-to-peer allows unlimited file access without uploading and downloading via the cloud, making Polkast faster and more efficient than the triangular computer-to-cloud-to-device model.
Cloud storage is no longer necessary for mobile access when the user can connect directly to their computer. Polkast turns any connected computer into a personal cloud file server that allows access to all files shared on any device connected in the user's private personal cloud. Polkast does not need to sync files, and has no storage limitations, enabling fast, secure access to large files like photos and videos.
"We start where the cloud stops, delivering improvements in user experience and efficiency over WiFi," said Hong Bui, founder and CEO, Polkast. "Most people have hundreds of gigabytes of files. Polkast solves an important need for people who transfer large files or have a large library of photos and videos trapped on their computer."
Since files are never uploaded, Polkast creates a safe and secure access to personal content. Unlike competitors, the transmission of files is encrypted and Polkast never has control over or access to users' content. This makes Polkast an ideal solution for personal users, and for SMBs that need to keep their files or their clients' files confidential.