We have been extremely interested in Cubbit for a long time since we publicised their successful Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, raising over $1,243,632. What intrigued us was having read into their USP and then into other cloud based companies like Dropbox, Google Drive and iCloud, so firstly let me explain how the other branded cloud based organisations work.
The files you access from the likes of Dropbox, Google Drive and iCloud are stored in a data centre, potentially located thousands of miles away. These files are then accessible from anywhere in the world using an internet connection, using a variety of our day to day smart devices. These companies all require a centralised data centre, which is maintained and kept connected to the internet, these are connected to the internet 24/7, draining energy, and emitting large amounts of CO2. We as a family have been doing everything we can to become greener and putting less stress on our environment and as we work from home the Cubbit has been something we have been itching to test because if it works and is reliable there is no question that we will be moving over.
So How is the Cubbit different?
We received our Crowdfunding edition of the Cubbit last week, what you receive in a physical form is a Cubbit cell which links onto your router, this was very simple to do and in keeping with being green you can find the instructions online. These cells then act as mini data centres, which contribute to the overall network. The files uploaded by users are then stored in the network, which is made up of these cells, which means this is a model based on collaboration between users and doesn’t rely on a large server farm owned by a multinational corporation. Because of the hexagonal shape of the Cubbit I imagine these all being cells of a hive working in tandem.
Dragging and dropping files was no different to what we are used to and Cubbit provide a beautiful and intuitive interface. The units are pricey as an initial investment but what is a major positive is there are no monthly subscription fees with the Cubbit, with the 512GB version retailing at £248 and the 1TB version we received retails at £299.
- A greener way of storing on the cloud
- Well built
- Easy to install
- Easy to use