Founder’s Sneak Preview: Mylio’s ‘Bring Your Own Cloud’ Solution

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Our photographs are precious to us. There’s a fascinating book that documents what people save when their house is literally burning down, and what’s at the top of the list? Photographs. But as important as our pictures are, it’s also true that doing the work to ensure they’re truly safe often ends up getting left for later. So too many of us are left worrying. (At least a little).

From the beginning, providing an automatic, painless way of keeping all your pictures safe has been a key value for us here at Mylio. The Mylio app already has several features that make it possible to create a safe environment at home or in the office; once Mylio is set up to keep copies of originals on more than one disk, it ensures that all those disks — as many of them as you want — are always in sync.  If something happens to one of your computers or disks, your pictures are still protected on the rest.

Escher Hands Drawing & Photograph

Still — back to the burning house — our pictures aren’t really safe until at least one copy of the originals is stored at a location other than our home or office. For many of us, that ‘other location’ is the cloud, but Mylio hasn’t offered a way to make that happen.

All that is about to change.

This summer, Mylio will offer the first BYOC (Bring Your Own Cloud) storage and protection system in the industry. What does that mean? Simply put: if you ask it to, Mylio will store a copy of your originals in the cloud store of your choice. Our first offering will be Amazon Web Services, which, for $60 per year, offers unlimited storage for your pictures and video. With just a few minutes of setup, you can configure Mylio to add a copy of all your originals, all your albums, and all your ratings and edits, to your Amazon Cloud account, then keep them synced as you add more.

Tasman Polaroid Installation

There are three benefits to setting up Mylio like this:

  1. Protection. Even if all your computers, tablets, phones and disks are lost or destroyed, your pictures will still be safe, and can be restored when you get new hardware.
  2. Access. If you’re travelling and need access to originals (or even previews), as long as you have an internet connection, Mylio can pull them down from the cloud.
  3. Replication Hub. Today, at least two Mylio devices — phone, tablet, or computer — must be turned on and running so that they can replicate each other. But once your pictures are in the cloud, any Mylio-enabled device will bring itself up to date by talking to the cloud.

Pretty cool, right?

And what if you want a cloud service other than Amazon? Mylio’s always been about choice and control, so support for this is coming — we’ll be adding several other cloud providers in subsequent months. When we say bring your own cloud, you really do get to bring the cloud of your choice.

But there’s more.

While the cloud is a great solution for many (maybe even most) people, some still don’t want their pictures on someone else’s machine. They just don’t trust the cloud. Others have especially big picture libraries, and worry about the performance of a cloud-based solution. What then?

You’re still covered. Mylio is the only photo system in the industry that’s cloud agnostic: it provides protection for your originals with or without the cloud. Even today it’s possible to configure Mylio so that copies of your originals are maintained at two distinct locations. Maybe you have a computer at your home and at your office, or at your home and the home of a friend or relative (or maybe you even have two homes). In all these cases, you can set up Mylio to keep all those locations in sync; if something happens to the originals in one place, you still never lose a single picture. Full disclosure: setting up this form of multi-location protection is a little challenging today; but this summer, we’ll make it easy as pie.

So, there it is. Our pictures matter. We don’t want to even think — let alone worry — about losing them.  So Mylio is here to help. And, starting this summer, that help is available in whatever form works best for you.

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