BitTorrent partners with Onehub to scale up to enterprise file sync-and-share, building on new Sync API

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BitTorrent has been pushing hard to bring its Sync technology into the very competitive file sync-and-share marketplace (see BitTorrent releases Sync 2.0, and BitTorrent Sync 1.4 is released).

The company has announced, today, that it’s taking new steps to expand its offerings and penetration of the market.

The first aspect of today’s announcement is a partnership with Onehub, who has built Onehub Sync, the enterprise-scale file sync-and-share tool built on BitTorrent Sync.

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Onehub and BitTorrent are working together to bring the BitTorrent protocol into the enterprise, despite the early history of that technology in questionable file sharing of movies, images, and music. Nowadays, it’s just another protocol.

The second part of the announcement is the release of a new version of the BitTorrent Sync API, which is RESTful and with 14 API calls compared to the last version’s 14.

Onehub has been working with major clients, building in-house and white labeled file sync-and-share platforms for companies like Phillips, Starbucks, Dell, and Wholefoods. They have skirted the peer-to-peer headache that bedevils enterprise users. Unless two parties are online at the same time, peer sharing doesn’t happen. The solution to this problem was discovered decades ago, since Lotus Notes was originally based on a peer-to-peer sharing model, too. Clever users would simply dedicate a PC to be always online, and therefore could always serve as a source for sharing, and then files would sync.

Notably, this is exactly what central servers do, but in the bad boy piracy days of BitTorrent, users would often not want servers to keep track of what was being passed around. But the opposite conditions apply to enterprise file sharing. So Onehub has implemented ‘peer-to-peer-plus-one’, which emulates the extra PC in the old Lotus Notes workgroup.

Building on the BitTorrent API for its backend for Onehub Sync means that customer will get the benefits of BitTorrent scaling without being away of the protocol at all. They are provided the familiar and well-designed interface of Onehub’s enterprise offering.