Cleversafe has a very cool idea to address data security and reliability.  Seems that the WSJ agreed and decided to award Cleversafe a WSJ Innovation Award. From the WSJ:

“The company’s Dispersed Storage software breaks files up into slices and then sends the slices over the Internet to multiple storage locations on a network. By themselves, the slices are unreadable to hackers or anyone else not authorized to read them, but the original file can be easily reassembled, even if not all the slices are available (Savio adds: since duplicates are stored across the network) due to equipment failure or natural disaster. The software also promises to be less expensive than traditional storage methods, which rely on creating full, multiple copies to protect against loss.”

Users can try out the GPL’d code at on their own servers.  Alternatively, customers can purchase an appliance-based solution from Cleversafe.

It’s interesting that Cleversafe won an award in WSJ’s “software category”, based on the open source code, but there is no mention of open source in the WSJ article.  I like how Cleversafe leverages the significant ease of use benefits of an appliace-based commercial offering as a differentiator vs. the open source code.

And they say that open source vendors don’t innovate…