Re: "secure Dropbox clone"

Christian de Larrinaga <cdel@firsthand.net> Thu, 07 November 2013 13:11 UTC

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> Eggert, Lars <mailto:lars@netapp.com>
> 7 November 2013 13:01
> Hi,
>
> since a "secure DropBox alternative" was brought up: the pieces for
> building such do exist, but some exist outside the IETF. For example,
> SNIA's CDMI (http://www.snia.org/cdmi) could be useful, and on the
> IETF side we have of course WebDAV.
>
> In many cases, the reason that such alternatives don't exist probably
> isn't because there aren't any open protocols available to build them
> with, it's that the proprietary services have polished clients that
> are simple to set up, available for many clients, and that they have a
> robust and well-managed backend. There's not much the IETF can do
> about these factors.
>
> In the specific case of DropBox clones, several vendors of storage
> systems (incl. my employer) are making or will shortly be making
> mobile clients available that use said storage systems as a backend
> instead of the public cloud. So at least for that particular
> application, there are alternatives available.
>
> Lars
>