April 1, 2011

SpiderOak announces new Kansas City Facilities

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SpiderOak moves from the Data Center to users basements thanks to Google Gigabit

Kansas City, Kansas – Thu, 31 Mar 2011 18:13:37 -0600 – New broadband network’s first project is collaboration between Residents and Businesses

SpiderOak has unveiled a new strategy today for its data storage infrastructure. In always searching for new techniques to further the implementation of available technology while also saving money related to the high cost of infrastructure roll out, we have found a way for everyone to win. Our next storage nodes will be installed in resident’s homes in Kansas City, Kansas – connected via Google’s new Gigabit network.

Google has announced this week that they have chose Kansas City, Kansas to host their highly anticipated Gigabit, Fiber-to-the-Home network; naturally, SpiderOak is jumping on board to take advantage of these services. SpiderOak has been looking to add storage nodes throughout the Midwest and given the concentration of SpiderOak employees in Kansas City, Kansas it seemed like a perfect fit. SpiderOak is now able to bring these services all together under one shingled roof (or many as the case may be).

Unfinished basement, perfect for your run of the mill SAN

Unfinished basement, perfect for your run of the mill SAN

SpiderOak will offer to install a storage node in basements, garages, family rooms, or kitchens of residences. In exchange, SpiderOak will pay the installation fees and the broadband connection for as long as the homeowner wishes to remain a host family. The storage node – traditionally a full 42U rack filled with 10 CPUs and several hundred hard disks – is capable of storing 500TB of data. As an additional courtesy, SpiderOak will allow unlimited backups to the host family. The resident may occasionally be asked to swap out a hard drive if they see a blinking red light for which they will receive a $50 cash bonus.

As part of the community outreach portion of the project, SpiderOak will give first opportunities to participate to low income households. If necessary, home improvements such as roofing work, air conditioning upgrades, and flooring reinforcements will be provided. Additionally, research is being conducted into using excess heat for alternative uses such as a griddle for making pancakes and scrambled eggs. An optional rack-mount litter box allows every member of the family to take interest in the program. Lastly, a medium sized rack is available to add countertop space to your kitchen.

The Medium size node is perfect for kitchens, or can be used as an end table to your couch.

This is the Medium size node, available for residences with floor joists that do not support the full rack’s 2400lb weight.

Google’s new ultra-high speed broadband network will give end users access at speeds 100 times faster than what is currently available. In addition to a faster web browsing experience, the project aims to create an environment that fosters innovation – bringing new products and services to the web. Little did they know the innovation on top of the innovation that would happen to occur.

As part of SpiderOak’s standard growth procedures, we are adding storage clusters to different geographical regions. Our current focus has been to add facilities in the Midwest. At this stage, we have looked at data centers throughout Kansas City, Kansas but they involve relatively high costs to implement and sustain service. Many options are available in the market but we have always been searching for new and creative techniques to deploy infrastructure.

You can always put it in your garage, next to your Craftsman tool box.

You can always put it in your garage, next to your Craftsman tool box.

SpiderOak provides backup solutions to the cloud using zero-knowledge methods. They worship Ben Franklin for saying that “Three can keep a secret, if two of them are dead.”

Google is a secret project to have fun and disguise it as doing work. Their main veil to end users is a search engine; to businesses, it’s advertising.

Bob Dobbs
SpiderOak, Inc
Every basement, every house
Kansas City, Kansas, 66101




Unfinished basement:

  1. I am sorry but is google really going to allow this sort of commercial use on their gigabit networks? Also even though spideroak data is encrypted and thats a basis for much of its premise storing data where 3rd parties have random access to it is not the best feeling. Its a nice thing spideroak is doing for home owners all the same.

  2. I don't like to ram it, but I think I should cough out, I was considering SpiderOak for my backup. No more…. Is my data so cheap as to stay in kitchen or attic? I am sticking to CrashPlan, man they atleast respect our data and keep it in super secure underground bank vaults. Really I should say, this scheme SUCKS ! ! ! My data is worth my job, my years of outreach et al. And you're putting them in some attic ! !

  3. Jeet: Sorry – yes – we thought it would be fun to send this 'release' on the 1st of April. We do apologize if it caught you off guard and would of course never allow our user's data to be stored in this manner.

    Happy April Fools!!!

  4. Oh ! Man you really fooled me ! Well now I had a hearty laugh ! And the post was concocted so authentically that…all all who read were fooled as the comments suggest :-)
    Anyway Happy April Fool's Day to you too !
    Best, Jeet.

  5. Gotta say, don't want my backup provider to be making stupid jokes about backups.

  6. Almost A Customer: We are sorry that you have been offended by our April Fools fun and hope you find comfort in whatever direction you decide to travel. Best of luck to you.

  7. Kudos for making such an interesting article. You had me going for a sec, but that's only because one of the reasons Google picked KC is because they maintain a lot of overhead power lines, which are cheaper for Google to piggy back on than underground lines.
    Not sure where some of these other posters are coming from, but I'm glad to see you guys enjoying your job. This lets me know that if I have to reach out for questions or support, there are actually human beings on the other end of the conversation. Thanks!

  8. You had me going for a number of seconds :-D
    I think the washing machines did the final debunking. April fooled!
    I agree with Awesome: "there are actually human beings on the other end"

  9. I was unfooled at the "griddle". LOL. I stopped reading and checked the date this was posted.

  10. damn you got me too! only this was all the way to the end I was even trying to work out how you were to perform disaster recovery and how much it'd have cost to run on eleccy. :)

  11. …if this kind of jokes (if it really was) would have as a bad impact on SpiderOak's business as I imagine…

    Yes, you say it was a joke, but the evil seed is already in our heads. I don't need extra space yet, but I was all ready to buy some… I will wait a little longer now.

    I still like the system, still trust the company, but I will wait until I am sure that this was actually a joke.

  12. Well that is Wuala model with cloud backup. I am glad it was a joke. Was seriously thinking of leaving SpiderOak.

  13. Are you people retarded for actually still believing this story? How many times must SpiderOak say that it was a joke? Yet, you still take it seriously and threaten to leave? Get a life, and a sense of humour won't hurt either!