BitTorrent Sync to challenge Dropbox

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BitTorrent unveils rival to Dropbox

Peer-to-peer service BitTorrent is set to take on the well established cloud-based method of data synchronisation, with the upcoming release of BitTorrent Sync.

The peer-to-peer nature of BitTorrent Sync eliminates the need to send any data to the computer servers of a third party, as is the case with established cloud-based services such as Dropbox, SkyDrive and the most recent addition, Google Drive.

An official BitTorrent blog post outlined their thoughts on the arrival of BitTorrent Sync, stating: "Since Sync is based on P2P and doesn't require a pit-stop in the cloud, you can transfer files at the maximum speed". The statement went on to say "Your information is never stored on a server in the cloud; your data is protected by encrypted keys. Your files belong to you, and stay on the devices of your choice".

Experts unsure on Sync success

While the prospect of a rival to these systems and a new way of doing things is intriguing, one top analyst was unsure how many businesses would use the service. Chris Green of the Davies Murphy Group commented that he believed companies would worry about the lack of control over the new process when updating sensitive files, even though it did not rely on a third-party's data centre. However, Green did remark that he believed many private or small business users would be extremely interested by the service.

BitTorrent is based in San Francisco and was launched in 2005 to provide a range of free products for quickly and easily sending large internet files. The process works by co-ordinating the transfer so that devices downloading material also share small pieces of already-accessed data with others, increasing the speed by sharing the download with further systems.

Adrian Mursec, senior developer at theEword remarked: "BitTorrent has enjoyed great success with many of their products since 2005, but stepping in to the world of data synchronisation is a bold move for the company. Services such as Dropbox are already well established, and the BitTorrent Sync will have to offer exceptional benefits to overtake these competitors".