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When it comes to file sharing, people need more storage and more privacy. The cloud is not enough: inherently insecure, limited and slow. That's why we made Sherlybox – your own private cloud storage.
So what is it?
Sherlybox is a storage device powered by our special software. It delivers a new way of sharing your private files with your friends. You can share files or folders with people you trust, anywhere they are. Files are visible instantly without syncing, no bulk uploads, no data size limits. And no catch: no monthly fees.
Better Cloud: Private, invite-only Sherlybox
Sherlybox creates a private, invite-only network where you can share movies, music, documents – anything you want – without any storage or size limitations. Now you can keep all your files private and shareable at the same time! It’s like a private cloud under your control. Instead of sending your files to public cloud services, you can share any-size files or folders only with people that you invited personally. Fast, secure and without any cloud storage bill.
Public cloud services tell it's users:
With Sherlybox only you decide where your data is and with whom you share it.
How does it work?
Sherlybox is the natural stage of Sher.ly’s development: application based on the secure connectivity technology our team created in 2009 called GatelessVPN. GVN is a special kind of Virtual Private Network working without central servers. The users are communicating directly with each other.
Unlike other file sharing solutions, Sher.ly doesn’t distribute copies of your data. It grants access to it instead.
It’s like a supercharged Dropbox, OneDrive, Box or Google Drive running privately from your own drives securely behind your firewall. Any folder you’ve got can be shared with the people you invite; they can contribute their own files to groups as well.
It’s very easy to work with Sher.ly. Just create a group (represented by folder on your machine), add files that you want to share and invite friends by email. In a blink of an eye they will see what you have. They will be able to download or sync files. They can also add their own files that will be visible to you. No data limits (it’s your storage, right?), no storage capacity, no bulk downloads and uploads choking your Internet connection.
Just Press & Go
In many ways, Sherlybox is like regular NAS: it is equipped with an internal storage, network connectivity, etc. But similarities end there: everything else about it is different, better. For example, you don’t need a lot of time and thick user guide to start your adventure with Sherlybox.
All you need to do is to click 3 times on the Sher.ly logo button placed in front of the device to set up wireless connection with your computer and the device will automatically register to your Sher.ly account.
Why do I need Sherlybox?
Sherlybox works in the background no matter if you work within your home network or on the Internet. You have always-on, secure access to all your files, working on them as you always do. It’s like a huge, invisible USB drive that’s always ready, always connected. How can you take advantage of it?
Move large files with ultimate speed
Sher.ly software protocol is designed especially for big files and it’s up to 20x faster than the CIFS/SMB protocols that haven’t changed fundamentally in almost 20 years – their performance remains very limited. If you need to move some data around, use Sher.ly app and you will experience how fast your network actually is.
Let’s do a simple test: get two computers connected back to back or over a Gigabit Ethernet network and try to transmit data with such speed. Do you get Gb/s transfer? Nope, barely less than half of that: ~50% of the network speed is really working. Under the same scenario, Sherlybox can utilize up to 94% of the network bandwidth: even 940Mb/s in real data traffic.
Share high-quality content instantly
Do you want to send uncompressed .WAV files with your band last rehearsal to your friend? Or maybe you have some huge .RAW files that you want to share with your illustrator? Forget about carrying it everywhere on a bunch of USB drives. Thanks to Sherlybox you can gain access to it anywhere you are, using any device with Sher.ly app, also mobile in the future.
Security by design
Any doubts about confidential data? Thanks to Sherlybox, all transmissions are always direct and encrypted. No more stuffing your inbox with huge attachments – now you can share your data and discuss it within the group using timeline.
Remember: Your data is not going to be sent out anywhere. Your friend will get only access to it from your storage. As the group owner, only you can erase files and manage invitations. When you revoke invitation, data you’ve shared will be remotely deleted from friend shared folder.
Store your holiday memories in one place
Do you remember those Hawaii trip photos and videos you love showing to your friends? Turn on your Sherlybox and simply invite them to your group without uploading any files to public servers. Enjoy your memories with people you know and keep your privacy protected.
Work together with your teams
Working with other files is also simple. You can download any file to your shared folder and start working with it. Changes will be synced on all devices in the group. As the group owner, only you can erase files and manage invitations. No more accidentally deleted files.
After syncing, you can turn off your computer because data that you want to share is always available for you and people with access, no matter what kind of device they use: PC, Mac, Linux machine, a tablet, a smartphone, etc.
Share data and talk about it: Timeline
What else can you do with your Sher.ly app working with Sherlybox? For example, you can add Timelines for conversation about every single shared file. You can manage projects with your business colleagues or chat with friends about your newest photo session. Forget about another dozen of email attachments with latest remarks to documents you are working on.
We love watching cool movies and photos made by our friends. That is why we want to make Sher.ly media files available to work with streaming services like Plex.tv and XMBC. With Plex mobile and smart TV apps you can stream any content you want: on your phone, tablet or big screen TV – directly from your Sherlybox. XMBC is a great media centre software that turns your living room into real cinema. All you have to do is install both services plugins for RaspberryPI – Sherlybox hardware platform.
You will be The Master Of The Clouds
We know that you probably have one or more public cloud accounts like Dropbox, Box, Google Drive or OneDrive. It’s hard to manage few of them in one moment don’t you think? With Sher.ly desktop app you can easily integrate your public clouds accounts, move files between them and use it simultaneously with Sher.ly.
Our application does not ask for your public cloud password. Each of these cloud services create a folder on your machine and these folders contain all your data synced continuously with the cloud. Sher.ly app see these local folders, therefore you can easily move files between them and share the same files through Sher.ly and for example Dropbox.
Keep in mind that all files shared through public cloud will be uploaded there, while files shared via Sher.ly are not – until one of your team members request it. Therefore sharing big files via Sher.ly makes more sense, as you are not increasing your online space from XGB to XXGB.
Sherlybox’s security and reliability are guaranteed by Sher.ly’s special protocol. It’s a combination of secure VPN connectivity with peer-to-peer topology that we call GatelessVPN. It means the technology doesn’t relay all traffic to potentially vulnerable central servers, but communicates directly between nodes. That means Sher.ly does not store your data, it remains where it is and what people you've shared it with.
This new approach brings a big promise of solving security, performance and scalability issues, inherent in many cloud systems. Think of Sher.ly as creating a VPN connection to any folder or file you want to access or share.
What’s inside Sherlybox?
After two-year long process of development, we are proud to present to you a fully-functional prototype, equipped with a brand new Raspberry PI C compute module. You can sync your data with Sherlybox from every device via fast built-in wired or wireless network. It also supports popular HDMI and USB 2.0 outputs, so you can plug-in wide-screen TV just to watch your shared movies straight from the device via XBMC supported by RaspberryPI platform.
- Width: 116 mm (4.6 in)
- Depth: 116 mm (4.6 in)
- Height: 150 mm (5.9 in)
- Weight: up to 1kg (2.2 lbs)
- Sher.ly app is available for Windows, Mac or Linux based systems
- Platform: Banana Pi A20 ARM® Cortex™-A7 Dual-Core 1GHz, 1GB RAM. More: http://www.lemaker.org/
- 1x 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet RJ45
- 2.5" HDD support up to 2TB or built-in 1TB HDD
- Wi-Fi 11bgn
- 1x HDMI 1.4
- 1x analog audio
- 1x SD (Max. 64GB)
- 1x USB 2.0 for external storage expansion via independent powered USB hub
- Power consumption: up to 15W (without additional USB devices connected). Power supply 5V/3A included.
You can connect Sherlybox up to 127 external USB devices, to keep all your data safe and always available.
We have designed Sherlybox with the future in mind. Sherlybox is arguably the best looking data storage device in the industry. It works well, so it must look well too! We have combined simplicity with convenience. Device is only 5.9 inches high and 4.6 inches wide, so you can put it on your desk without losing your workspace.
Production Plan in US
Sherlybox will be manufactured with precise supervision and fierce attention to details. We are focused on providing the highest-quality product and we want to have an eye on the manufacturing process. We’re ready for mass production and all we need is your support to ramp up the assembly process to get Sherlybox to you as early as possible. We’ve been preparing for this stage for over 2 years and now we look forward to kickstarting the project with your support.
What do I get?
- Ethernet cable
- Power adapter
- Sher.ly app license "Kickstarter edition", valid indefinitely
Meet the team
Sher.ly Inc. was founded in 2009 in Krakow, Poland by two visionaries: Marek Ciesla and Blazej Marciniak – both experienced in development entrepreneurs in IT solutions. They are friends for nearly 20 years and share passion for amazing products and high-tech gadgets. Marek and Blazej are backed by three young and creative IT developers: Krzysztof, Wojtek and Piotr.
Blazej is a network guy specialized in network data transmission technologies and security. He is an inventor of GatelessVPN – Sher.ly secure connectivity technology. He was managing corporate IT projects for over 15 years, delivering custom infrastructure and mobile solutions for banks and ISP’s across Europe. Sher.ly project is his second startup after PrivacyProtector. Say hello to Blazej on LinkedIn or Twitter.
I really have a dream job. I’m working with best people on the project we are all passionate about. Hot coffee during long discussions with my team at white boards with new ideas - these are certainly the moments that I really enjoy.
Marek is experienced entrepreneur, with deep understanding of online marketing and SEO. He cofounded and built successful start-ups before Sher.ly with more than 7 million user base. For 8 years he was gaining experience in sales and software licensing for DivX, Rovi and BitTorrent. Say hello to Marek on LinkedIn or Twitter.
After six months of hard work, we have realized that we are actually working on a start-up and soon after Sher.ly was born. Firstly, we came with an application: private cloud solution designed for security-conscious businesses and individuals looking to take back control of their sensitive data. Now, in 2014, the team is continuously developing Sher.ly application together with our new child – Sherlybox. We would like to take advantage of the Sher.ly application by extending it into physical form and giving it to everybody.
We are open to new opportunities and we would like to be in touch with the most experienced and creative people from the new technology sector worldwide. That’s why last year we opened our new office in Palo Alto, California. Working close to the most influential inventors from the Silicon Valley unveils big potential and it should bring new paths of development in the nearest future. You might have heard about us in the past: we have launched Sher.ly into Public Beta at TechCrunch Disrupt conference in Berlin, October 2013. We were also among finalists of the Tech Match InSight2030 program, organized by the Polish Ministry of Economy in cooperation with US Partners.
By being one of the first to get Sherlybox, you can really help us make this project real. Every person backing us makes the difference, so we would like to give you something as an reward for your support. First of all, every backer with at least $29 pledge will receive lifetime “Kickstarter edition” license for using Sher.ly application. Lifetime means “valid indefinitely”. It includes features available in business license, like using TimeLines and creating unlimited ammount of groups. But we have more stuff for you. Get hipster t-shirts, cool jackets, custom Sherlyboxes and even more!
Take a close look at our geek t-shirts!
Do you like this extremely uniting Sher.ly outfit?
…in our local storage cloud vision and we bet everything on it. That’s our 100% day job. We do not give up and we will do everything not to give up the trust that you’ve granted us by backing up our project. We would like to thank all our backers and potential backers for your time spent on reading about the Sherlybox idea. If you like it and want to take control over clouds with us, please share it with your friends and family and help us reach our goal. It’s up to you guys to bring this project to life and make sharing files better – without your help, we will be stuck with public clouds. Forever.
Thanks For Your Support!
To sum up:
- Your Private Cloud – Sherlybox creates a private, invite-only network where you can share stuff with each other without any storage or size limitations.
- Just Press and Go – Sherlybox is extremely easy to use. Simply press the Sherlybox logo to set it up and you're done.
- All your data available to share. Always – even if you turn off your computer, data that you want to share will be available for people with access thanks to Sherlybox.
- More Storage Capability – if you need more storage space, Sherlybox can be expanded with up to 127 USB HDD drives if you want.
- Secured Data Sharing – only people you personally invite will see data in your shared folder (a group). In public cloud, well, you never know.
- Back us now and do not pay again for sharing your data – get Sherlybox and forget about charges from cloud service providers. Sherlybox and a Sher.ly app is single cost, not a monthly service.
- Awesome design – Sherlybox’s futuristic approach can be seen at first sight. It is by far the best-looking cloud storage device in the industry.
- RaspberryPI open world - Sherlybox is based on RaspberryPI new module C and you can install any apps you want on top of it on your own.
Risks and challenges
There is always some risk involved when producing a product that combines both electronic hardware and software. So we made everything to reduce it to minimum before launching this Kickstarter campaign.
As a hardware platform, we use RaspberryPI which is a well-tested and proven solution. With the new RaspberryPI C compute module (http://www.raspberrypi.org/raspberry-pi-compute-module-new-product), we are ready for stretch goals like Gigabit and 11ac WiFi. Manufacturing company that we have chosen has already produced thousands of units successfully for other clients. The main risks concerning hardware are thus reduced to logistics. Unplanned delays in the manufacturing process can still occur, but issues related to the hardware design of the device are very unlikely.
On the software side, we’re glad to say that we solved the most critical technical challenges brought by our app. We have already built a 0.7 version of our application on Mac, Windows and Linux. We are currently in the process of optimizing our application code to transform it into production-grade software. And we are confident we can do it during the next six months.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Yes, you absolutely can use one Sherlybox for entire family - have in mind it has to be paired with one Sher.ly account - like yours. Then you invite all your family members to a sharing group you created and they see all files in there, can add their own too.
You have Sher.ly Kickstarter edition license, supplied with Sherlybox, your family members can use free version of Sher.ly app.
Note: all of you see that shared folder both while on your local network, and while on public Internet. Access is persistent, automatic and encrypted.
No. Only Sher.ly group owner needs license, all participants can join using free Sher.ly version. App is required for security reasons - you want to make sure who is accessing your files.
All sharing scenarios we described reflect people in very different locations, sharing on local network is pretty easy and not that big of a deal.
Sherlybox will be available on local network without internet connection, so you can back up your files, but sharing option requires live Internet connection.
You don’t need to manage Sherlybox manually like other NAS devices. Thanks to our software: Sher.ly, it connects automatically and is always securely connected: on local and public network. You only use Sher.ly app available for Windows, Mac OSX and Linux to create sharing groups and connect new devices and then you work with your files like you normally do.
In the future, we plan to expand our Sher.ly software empowering Sherlybox to work with other NAS platforms. That means my ReadyNAS, my friend's Synology and my other friend Quap or any other storage platform will talking to each other and exchange data via Sher.ly.
Second thing is speed: we wrote our own file moving protocol and it is even at Beta 10x faster than standard CIFS/SMB protocols, especially on big files
Does the recipient’s Internet bandwidth determine the speed of file transfer? What transfer speed can Sherlybox ensure?
That is correct, the only one limit is your upload speed while sharing data with someone outside your network. That limitation applies the same way to upload for public clouds. Our Sher.ly transfer protocol is much faster and will make that difference noticeable in favor to Sherlybox.
Does Sherlybox work without installing Sher.ly application? Do I need the Sher.ly application to receive files?
Sher.ly application and account is necessary to work with Sherlybox. Sher.ly is a paid application, however backers donating at least $29 will receive their lifetime license tied to their email address.
Currently Sherlybox supports 1TB 2,5” hard drives but we plan to expand the range of supported HD sizes in the future.
There can be up to 127 USB devices connected to a single controller via daisy chain. Of course, we do not recommend such high numbers, up to 4 is recommended. NOTE: every USB device must be powered by its own power supply.
We have no plans to limit shipments by country, unless there are some legal obstacles, like customs and compliance in countries with very strict electronic import policies.
Does a file receiver also require Sherlybox, or can he/she save files directly to the internal drive of his/her computer?
Data receivers don’t need Sherlybox to receive files. Only the Sher.ly app, available for Mac OSX, Windows and Linux along with a free account, is required to receive encrypted data transfers.
Sherlybox without additional USB devices takes up to 3A of power.
We have taken extra care to design it in a safe way; all wires and connectors are safely secured inside the Sherlybox device under detachable base, making it protected from accidental disconnection by our small and curious geniuses. That applies to cats and dogs, too. Every component we use is publicly available and allowed for use, meeting environment-protection standards.
Yes, absolutely! Once we reach our base funding goal, we will launch new stretch goals for new colors! What is your favorite one?
There are many similar storage solutions like Lima, Transporter, or even BT Sync, but yet we do not know any working exactly like Sherlybox.
As many as you want. There is no limit. Oh, and one Sher.ly Kickstarter edition license will be enough to manage them all.
File permissions are coming. Most important: nobody you share files with can delete your data. Only the owner can delete their own data.
Is it possible to suddenly stop sharing a file to someone (for example, I've found out that he/she's a spy)?
If you find out that someone is a spy, simply kick him/her out of the group and all the shared data will be erased from his/her shared folder.
What about syncing the shared documents? If my friend would like to make changes to a document that I previously shared with him, will it automatically sync changes on Sherlybox and in every location it has been downloaded to?
Sync will be done in a smart way. It means that if there is a change inside the file (not just last used date) we will sync changes back to the original file – of course if owner permits it. Sync works by default between your devices, but in a smart way: smaller storage devices are backed up to larger ones. For example, a laptop will be synced to Sherlybox, but not the other way round, because the laptop’s SSD drive is too small to store all data from Sherlybox. Real-time data modification by members in the same group will be rolled out in time.
That swarm feature is planned. It has nothing to do with Bittorrent protocol though, Sher.ly is not compatible with BT nor with BT Sync, and we do not use any data trackers.
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