I have a new client, Topia Technology, out of Tacoma, WA. They’ve been working since 9/11 to help the FAA make airspace safer and the US Army Intelligence Security Command to link together disparate systems in support of homeland security. Nice pedigree, great causes.
Today, they’re announcing their first product in the “civilian” world, SKOOT, which helps people transfer huge files (they’ve tested files up to 65GB) securely from one machine to another without relying on FTP servers, email or FEDEX.
Ad Hoc Private Networks (Even on the Fly)
The thing I like about it the most is that you can (from a Windows machine) simply “Save As” any document into a SKOOT folder (that’s right, from within PowerPoint, InDesign, PhotoShop, etc.), and the file will be automatically sent to any user with whom you choose to share that file. On a Mac, it’s a simple drag and drop…
When it’s done shipping, it doesn’t go to some seldom-used “portal” in the clouds, the data ends up right in a SKOOT folder on the recipients’ hard drive - giving sender and recipients secure control of the file at all times.
Corporate Marketers: Imagine being able to simply SKOOT the latest corporate presentation/video/suite of product material to every sales person in your far-flung organization, and the security of knowing they always have the latest “blessed” version with them at all times.
IT Professionals: Huge file transfer is now as easy as “save as…” for your users. You no longer have to take the time to coach Jim in product development how to send large files using an FTP server (if you even have one).
VCs or Investment Bankers: Securely send information during due diligence using SKOOT, and even the IT guys will be unable to tell what’s being moved around.
Read the PC World article where nearly half of IT workers snoop on confidential files. No offense guys, but to make up, here’s how SKOOT relates to Cloud Computing as a bonus. SKOOT is the first in a series of cloud computing apps from Topia.