PurpleNova – makes every PC a Web-Server

Infinishare Technologies has officially launched its file sharing and hosting product, PurpleNova, that lets any PC act as an Web-Server and host files. PurpleNova users can host any files and content from right from their PC, which can than be accessed through a URL over standard HTTP protocol.

Infinishare based out of Pune, India, is co-founded and partly self-funded by Anand Soman and Yogesh Chitnis, and has received strategic financing from one of India’s largest ISP Netmagic. Anand a serial entrepreneur, who has done his MS and PhD from Caltech, previously co-founded Intigma, a provider of spend data management technology, which was bought by Emptoris last year.

Purplenova claims that they have developed a superior technology as compared to Apache or IIS (or any other traditional web-server) because they cannot work from behind NAT Routers / Firewalls / Proxies. PurpleNova lets you easily share files using a desktop client and the files are made available over a standard browser of any type. As compared to traditional file sharing where you need to host content onto third-party hosting companies like x-drive or Yousendit that have privacy issues involved, all the data stays on your PC when you share files using PurpleNova.

To start sharing files, you need to download and install the PurpleNova client(2.2 mb). After that just browse and select the files you want to share, and PurpleNova gives you a unique URL for the shared file that you can share with other people. Files can be hosted in public or private mode by limiting the number of times the file is accessed. You also have an option to encrypt your files using a password. Any files you upload, PurpleNova automatically categorizes by according to the type like image or video files. By default files are not stored on PurpleNova servers, but in case you are going to boot down your machine you can set the files to be cached at the PurpleNova servers for certain number of hours before the cache gets purged.

Real advantage of hosting files using PurpleNova is that you can access the shared files using any browser including your mobile. You don’t get this feature with regular p2p clients where you required to install their client on either end. Among other uses, if you looking to stream your music playlists, you can share them using PurpleNova and later access it using the URL in winamp or Windows Media Player.

From the technology side I am not sure how things work, but it might be possible that the PurpleNova PC client establishes a persistent connection with the PurpleNova server to maintain a continuous communication. On the other end when someone needs to access the shared file, PurpleNova resolves your username to the IP address of your machine and serves the file. This is just an idea from my side, and I surely hope there is more to the backend technology at work.

Overall I like the idea of sharing files without uploading to an external server or making people understand how and why they need to install software to access shared files.

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5 Responses to “PurpleNova – makes every PC a Web-Server”

  1. StartupSquad » Blog Archive » Peer to web gains momentum; BoxCloud launches workspaces Says:

    […] While the regular p2p companies move to newer business models(read Bittorent selling movies), the upcoming breed of media and file sharing startups that enable file publishing from PC are appearing on the horizon. Last year I had written about PurpleNova that was one of the first few companies operating in this space. While PurpleNova has struggled a bit on expanding its feature set, world didn’t stop at that. BoxCloud from WiredReach is another smartly designed per-web publishing platform. WiredReach based out of Austin, TX is a 5 member team led by Ash Maurya. WiredReach’s technology is based on 2+ years of development effort of the team of what what was supposed to be a white label media sharing platform. Realizing the potential of their product they had built and realities of the ever changing market, WiredReach launched BoxCloud around 6 months back. […]

  2. StartupSquad » Blog Archive » Izimi p2web; Obopay with Citibank; adManager bait Says:

    […] Izimi: is another peer-to-web application in making. Right now in private beta and launching early next month, Izimi will enable users to serve files, photos, videos right from their PC. The UK based startup is supposed to have raised a small amount of funding totaling £150k from Star Capital. Earlier I had written about Boxcloud and PurpleNova operating in the same space. […]

  3. StartupSquad » Blog Archive » myMobileMedia: Stream iTunes music to mobile Says:

    […] Even otherwise I always presumed this was not that big of an market. Still we have atleast 4 companies competing directly in the same space, while peer-2-web startups like PurpleNova, Boxcloud, and Izimi(Note: These guys think they are better than Youtube ) also offering similar capabilities of file access from mobile. […]

  4. StartupSquad » Blog Archive » PurpleNova3.0 - Host sites from your localhost Says:

    […] Purplenova is really pushing the envelope in the peer-2-web space with the launch of the version 3.0 of it’s app. I had written about PurpleNova near the end of last year when the startup had released v2 of its product. With the new release, PurpleNova has the ability to interface with traditional Web Servers such as IIS and Apache. You can install web-sites even on computers that are behind Firewalls, Routers, or Network Address Translation Devices, and make them web-accessible through Purplenova. In simpler words you can make available the content on the webserver hosted on your local machine to anyone on the internet. To get to the content, the URL would look something like “http://<LAN machine name: Port Number>/directory”. Now it is upto you to think about the possible use-cases, but one that comes to my mind right now is that I can quickly run demo sessions right from my local machine, instead of uploading content to a 3rd part webserver. […]

  5. Hellen Grauman Says:

    This is post is really very informative. it actually provide me what im searching for.

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