Sydney start-up OrionVM develops world’s fastest cloud storage

Sydney start-up OrionVM develops world’s fastest cloud storage

Sydney-based cloud computing service OrionVM launched today, and according to cloud benchmarking site Cloud Harmony, has the fastest network-backed storage performance in the world.

The project began in a dorm room in early 2010 as a collaboration between University of Technology students Joseph Glanville, Alex Sharp and Sheng Yeo, with the goal of becoming Australia’s highest performing cloud computing platform. They built the platform on $6,000, working at night after university classes and their day jobs.

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OrionVM has been in public beta for the past month and launches officially today. Though most companies steer clear of April 1st launches for the obvious reasons, OrionVM isn’t a joke, and according to my own tests on Cloud Harmony, the service lives up to high-speed claims.

A brief look at the web’s history shows that innovation is often driven by the most unlikely candidates. A few Australian college kids building a platform that’s faster than prevailing cloud king Amazon’s services may be quite the David and Goliath story in the making.

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