BitTorrent's new service, BitTorrent Sync, has hit a milestone barely a fortnight since it was launched. Users have synced more than 1 petabytes of data over the service since the service's alpha launch towards the end of April. The company states that over 70 terabytes of data is being synced using BitTorrent Sync every day.
According to BitTorrent, the service was designed to solve standard problems with data synchronisation, which includes limits on speed, size and space, along with limitations on security and dependency on the cloud. Since BitTorrent Sync is based on distributed technology, data can be synced without facing the same file size limitations. The transfers are encrypted, thus solving the security issue, and the data isn't stored on any server or cloud.
BitTorrent Sync clocks 1 petabytes of data
The data was accessed by the company through anonymous usage statistics; Sync uses the call to check for new available builds. This also contains anonymous statistics that allows the company to understand how Sync performs and how it's being used; get information about data transferred directly, through relay, size of folders, and the number of files synced.
Back in February, BitTorrent launched SoShare, a service that allowed users to share files up to 1TB in size. While 1TB might seem like a really large amount of data to share over the web (most people don’t even possess hard disks that have that much space), BitTorrent said that this service was launched for people working in creative industries.