Bitcasa Launches Developer Program and Secure Storage API

Janet Wagner, Data Journalist / Full Stack Developer
Nov. 19 2013, 09:00AM EST

Bitcasa, a leading provider of secure infinite storage across all devices and digital file sharing, has just announced the launch of the company's new developer program accompanied by the release of the brand new Bitcasa Secure Storage API. Bitcasa provided developers an exclusive sneak preview of the new API at the recent Samsung Developers Conference in San Francisco.

Bitcasa

The number of data storage APIs has risen rapidly over the past few years. At the time of this writing, there are 101 Storage APIs and about half of those were added in 2012 and 2013. The rapid growth in data storage solutions primarily pertains to standard types of cloud-based storage and storage APIs. Last month, ProgrammableWeb reported that Seagate launched the Seagate Kinetic Open Storage platform, a device-based storage platform that features a Key/Value API which enables applications to "talk directly to the storage device."

The Seagate storage platform is quite different from the Bitcasa platform in that it is designed to be implemented in any cloud storage software stack. Jon Chang, Bitcasa Director of Partner Programs, explained to ProgrammableWeb what differentiates Bitcasa from other cloud storage providers:

"Bitcasa uniquely provides user privacy, infinite storage as well as media streaming and sharing. As more people are using multiple devices, Bitcasa is focused on being a single, secure place for all digital content. Bitcasa security is particularly different from competitors because we provide end-to-end encryption using client-side encryption and encrypted block-based storage; we never store the actual files. In addition, only the user has access to the decryption key, unlike the other providers."

The Bitcasa Secure Storage API allows programmatic access to Bitcasa's secure cloud storage platform making it possible for developers to create innovative mobile and desktop apps that help users discover, access, organize and share their digital files, streaming media and other favorite content. Key features of the Bitcasa Secure Storage API include (but not limited to):

  • Security - Encrypted storage for sensitive documents and security needs. Bitcasa ensures complete user privacy.
  • Storage - Storage of content from multiple devices. Bitcasa allows apps to decouple data from devices so users can switch devices easily and still maintain anywhere access.
  • Streaming - Any content can be streamed in their native format, including HD content. This allows apps to offload large files or image assets and free up space for apps and games.
  • Sharing - Bitcasa allows your apps to easily share any file or folder of any size with a simple weblink. Share a 5GB file or a 1000-file photo album easily. Share links can be deleted by the user for privacy.

Jon Chang told ProgrammableWeb that the Bitcasa Secure Storage API supports OAuth 2.0 authentication and Twitter XAuth style logins and that API rate limits are still being determined during the launch period. He also went on to say that:

"Bitcasa offers developers a simple way to implement encrypted storage for all their apps. From productivity to media streaming to education, our API provides a secure, device-independent and highly sharable storage solution. For app developers passionate about security, media streaming or content management, Bitcasa can help them focus on making killer apps while worrying less about how to manage, access, stream and share secure storage. We are excited to see what the community can come up with."

For more information about the Bitcasa Secure Storage API and Bitcasa Platform, visit the official company website.

Janet Wagner Janet is a data journalist and full stack developer based in Toledo, Ohio. Her focus revolves around APIs, open data, data visualization and data-driven journalism. Follow her on Twitter: @webcodepro and on Google+

Comments

User HTML

  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <blockquote> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.