by Eric C
As many people have heard by now, MegaUpload was seized by the FBI for copyright infringement and the clever designer behind it, Kim Dotcom, announced he will be opening up a new digital storage site simply called Mega. The main difference for Mega is the ability for users to encrypt right when anybody uploads files from their web browser. Using Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), nobody but the original uploader will be able to access the files. The decryption key is stored with the user whenever he/she needs to access their files and it was made clear Mega will not have access to these decryption keys. As a result, this will prevent any prying eyes from knowing what the contents of a user’s files are. Not only that, but Mega will store all customers’ data onto two different servers located in different countries. Each server will have the ability to have identical copies and work in real time. However, the article did not specify what kind of database technology will be used for the new servers and how the new server will work in terms of making redundant copies from across the world.
When developing a modified database to store all kinds of files, it takes up time to figure out whether or not database will work according to the new business rules for Mega. In order to achieve the redundant copying from server to server in different countries, a rework of the system will be required. Database designers will have to make sure that each database will be storing identical data on the fly with no down-time or significant delay. Also, implementing encryption will possibly take up time to implement in a database or cloud service.
I found this article to be very interesting in terms of Kim Dotcom’s persistence to keep his service in operation for many users to continue using. It is impressive that after being taken down from the FBI, he is willing to get back up on his feet and risk future lawsuits and risk being up on trial again. Although there is not much information provided as to how this new service will work in terms of redundant servers throughout the world, it will be interesting to know how well it works.
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