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Varasto vision

Video & screenshot introduction

Screenshots give you a great idea quickly. Also, a short introduction video:

Features

You get all of this for free:

Details
Supported OSes Almost everything: PCs, mobile devices (Android, iOS), Raspberry Pis etc.
Data privacy All data is encrypted - each collection with a separate key so compromise of one collection does not compromise other data. Take back ownership of your data.
Data durability Transparently replicates your data to multiple disks / off-site storage.
Data integrity SHA-256 hashes verified on file write/read - detects bit rot immediately. We also have scheduled scrubbing to detect errors in the background before they affect you.
Data sensitivity You can mark different collections with different sensitivity levels and decide on login which sensitivity level content do you want to show.
Backup all your devices' data Varasto's architecture is ideal for backing up all your PCs, mobile devices etc.
Supported storage methods Local disks or cloud services (AWS S3, Google Drive), all in encrypted form so you don't have to trust the cloud ("zero trust" model) or have data leaks if local disks get stolen.
Data access methods 1) Clone collection to your computer 2) Open/stream files from web UI 3) Via network folders 4) Linux FUSE interface
Integrated metadata backups Use optional built-in backup to automatically upload encrypted backup of your metadata DB to AWS S3. If you don't like it, there's interface for external backup tools as well.
Transparent compression Only well-compressible files will be automatically compressed
Metadata support & tagging Can use metadata sources for automatically fetching movie/TV series info, poster images etc. Can also add tags to collections.
All files in one place Never again forget on which disk a particular file was stored - it's all in one place even if you have 100 disks! Varasto is dogfooded with ~50 TB of data without any slowdowns.
Thumbnails for photos Automatic thumbnailing of photos/pictures
Health monitoring Get warnings or alerts if there is anything wrong with your volumes, data or Varasto.
Per-collection durability To save money, we support storing important files with higher redundancy than less important files
Transactional File or group of files are successfully committed or none at all. Practically no other filesystem does this
Ransomware protection Run Varasto on a separate security-hardened device/NAS to protect from ransomware, or configure replication to S3 ransomware-protected bucket
Integrated SMART monitoring Detect disk failures early

Tip

See also: Paid features

Upcoming features

These (also free) features are not ready, but are prioritized and on the roadmap:

Details
Thumbnails for videos Automatic thumbnailing of videos
Video & audio transcoding Got movie in 4K resolution but your mobile device doesn't have the performance, resolution or network bandwidth to watch it?
Atomic snapshots Uses LVM on Linux and shadow copies on Windows to grab consistent copies of files
Tiered storage Use SSD for super fast data ingestion, and transfer it in background to a spinning disk
Multi-user Have separate file hierarchies for your friends & family
File sharing Share your own files to friends
Offline drives We support use cases where you plug in a particular hard drive occasionally. Queued writes/deletes are applied when volume becomes available

Status & timeline

Current status: beta testers are invited/appreciated in helping out in finding pain points in rapid iteration to improve the system!

Date No probable data loss No rough edges Note
~~before jan 2020~~
jan - apr 2020 <- we're here. Gathering user experiences from beta testers
may 2020 onwards General availability

1st of May is target for "this should work well enough without major rough edges".

Optimized for

Rarely-changing data

Varasto is optimized for WORM-style (Write Once; Read Many, i.e. file archival, backups) workloads. You can use Varasto as the source of truth for data that does not change very rapidly - file changing once a second or faster is too often.

How about fast-changing data?

Varasto's storage is not optimized for fast-changing data (e.g. database files). For fast data you can still store snapshots/backups of the data in Varasto, but have some other system be the realtime authority for it.

In Git terminology: you can host your repo in Varasto, clone the repo locally and commit+push snapshots of your fast data to Varasto. Varasto is great for daily/hourly incremental database backups! (we support atomic snapshots on Linux and Windows!)

How will Varasto make money?

I.e. sustainability

If you were to commit to using Varasto, it is in your best interest that Varasto simply doesn't fade away. Here's how we'll keep making Varasto awesome for everyone.

Free Paid Info
Host Varasto yourself ☑️ ☑️
All the advertized free features ☑️ ☑️
REST API ☑️ ☑️ Access/modify your data from external systems
Have us host Varasto for you ☑️
Realtime data API ☑️ Realtime notifications of data changes in Varasto to external systems (push-based API)
High-availability (distributed architecture) ☑️ Run Varasto as a multi-master setup so that if one node goes down, availability is not affected
Single sign-on integration (LDAP/SAML) ☑️ Centralized login
Audit trail ☑️ Log access to data with bulletproof auditing via remote HSM service
Support ☑️ Free users get only basic support wihout any guarantees
Consulting ☑️ Need help with a project using, or planning to use, Varasto?

Cloud-hosted Varasto

Our focus is to make Varasto as easy as it can be to self-host, but there are many people that prefer to pay to have the hosting concerns be taken care of. We will charge money for that.

"If you're not paying for a product, then your data is the product."

Open core licensing

The core of Varasto is, and will be, open source. All the advertised free features will remain free to use. The paid features previously mentioned are sold under a proprietary license.

Supported OSes

OS Architecture Varasto server Varasto client Use via network folders
Linux x86-641 ☑️ ☑️ ☑️
Linux ARM (Raspberry Pi etc.) ☑️ ☑️ ☑️
Windows x86-641 ☑️ ☑️ ☑️
macOS x86-642 ☑️ ☑️ ☑️
Android Mobile device Soon ☑️
iOS Mobile device ☑️

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In the future - given sufficient interest, we could set up a Slack or similar.

Food for thought


  1. Regular PCs - they have been 64-bit for a long time 

  2. Macs nowadays have the same underlying CPU architecture as regular PCs