A NAS is a storage unit connected to the internet. A device where you store your data and through which you can access a traditional cloud platform. Cubbit, on the other hand, is not a storage unit, but a cloud platform running on top of an entire network of storage units. We call these units Cubbit Cells.
The Cubbit Cell differs from a NAS because inseveral ways:
- Purpose: while the NAS directly stores your files locally in just one piece of hardware, the Cubbit Cell does not. Instead, it divides them into chunks, encrypts them via AES-256, and distributes the chunks across the peer-to-peer network of Cubbit Cells, each chunk stored on a different Cubbit Cell.
- Transfer Speed: file transfer from/to a NAS are limited by the domestic connection, which can be frustrating when you are away from home. On the contrary, transfers from/to the Cubbit Cell are much faster thanks to multiple parallel p2p connections.
- Security: no one, even if they have access to your Cubbit Cell, can access your data, because the files you save on Cubbit are divided into tens of chunks, each one encrypted end-to-end with AES256 and distributed across the peer-to-peer network.
- Accessibility: if your NAS goes offline for any reason, you lose access to your files. If your Cubbit Cell goes offline, you can still access your files with Cubbit, as they’re not stored on your Cubbit Cell, but on the entire network.