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FreeBit Announces the World's First "Personal Data Center" - Runs on Your iPhone/iPod Touch
FreeBit Co., Ltd. today announced that it has started distribution of ServersMan@iPhone 1.1b at the Apple App Store in the U.S., as the first product in the "Personal Data Center - Serverize Everything!" project.

Founded in May 2000, Tokyo-based FreeBit is an internet technology company that has been listed on Tokyo Stock Exchange's Mothers index since 2007. Nobuyuki Idei, the former chairman of Sony Corp., is a director of the company, and Sony is the third largest shareholder of FreeBit as well as they have been longtime partners, utilizing FreeBit's original technologies. FreeBit provides its unique technologies to many consumer electronics companies, including Sony, and to as much as 80% of Japan's ISPs. FreeBit now advances overseas on its own with the new product, ServersMan@iPhone.

ServersMan@iPhone is the world's first product that lets users build their own "Personal Data Center" in just 5 minutes. First released in Japan on Feb. 4, ServersMan was soon in the spotlight in over 10 countries, including the U.S., widely featured in the media and on blogs, even though at that time it has been distributed only in Japan. Requests for overseas service continue to flow in, and FreeBit is pleased to announce that the internationalized version, 1.1b, is now available at the Apple App Store in the U.S.

Installing ServersMan transforms a mobile phone from a client device into a powerful server system that can draw on vast amounts of computing resources all over the world, since mobile phones are today the most widespread internet access devices on the earth.

In the 10 days after ServersMan's initial release in Japan, new "Servers Running on iPhones" appeared every 92 seconds.

FreeBit utilizes its original technology, "Emotion Link (*1)", to build a entirely new cloud environment that crystallizes the company's driving vision of "Smart Infrastructure": the creation of future infrastructures with the power to solve serious problems confronting the IT industry today, including growing demand for electricity and a lack of IPv4 addresses.

<Key Features of ServersMan@iPhone >

1. World's First "Mobile Cloud Storage"

The iPhone and iPod touch are transformed into "Mobile Cloud Storage" devices that allow users to use or publish memory space as network storage. Unlike other software, ServersMan@iPhone has the following characteristics.

- 3G compatible (not only Wi-Fi)

FreeBit's overlay internet technology "Emotion Link" enables access to an iPhone or iPod touch from various networks - not only local Wi-Fi but also through 3G networks. Access is still possible, even if the iPhone or iPod touch is assigned a private IP address.

- Connection through VPN when using 3G

A connection route is secured with VPN when the client and the iPhone(server) are in the remote network.

- Static URL

No matter what kind of network environment is used, the access URL to the iPhone or iPod touch is static,, ending the annoyance of dynamic IP addresses that have to be checked and typed every time the network is accessed. All users have to do is access from the browser and submit their ID and password. ServersMan@iPhone uses its "Cloud Switch" function to automatically analyze the connection environment and determine appropriate routing.

- WebDAV compatible

A static address is available for WebDAV access too, no matter what the connection environment.

- Easy file sharing on PCs, iPhones and iPod touches

2. World's First "Mobile Cloud Web Server"

ServersMan@iPhone is the world's first integrated service that allows a mobile phone to be used as a web server. Operation is simple, using the following URLs.

Activates an iPhone or iPod touch as a web server. Emotion Link enables worldwide access, no matter the network environment to which the iPhone/iPod touch is connected.

(Feature can be turned off. Default setting: OFF) to maintain files on an iPhone or iPod touch

Runs the web server

Everything is simple.

1. Put files into the "public_html" folder.

2. Turn on the web server option. That's it.

HTML files are easily edited using the text editor on ServersMan@iPhone. The iPhone name at the end of the URL can be changed instantly from your iPhone/iPod touch. All access can be shut out by the VPN gateway server by turning off the web server option, a function providing high level security. Web server based on the technology of famous lighttpd and Emotion Link, is built into ServersMan. CGI features will be implemented in a future release.

3. ServersMan Apps

ServersMan@iPhone includes ServersMan Apps, the application platform which enables "Personal Cloud Platform". FreeBit will open this platform to developers. Using ServersMan will dramatically expand the possibilities of existing applications.

Following applications will be initially installed with ServersMan@iPhone.

- ServersMan Music Player

You can send and play music files without using any cable or iTunes synchronization since the files can be controlled directly via web browser or WebDAV. ServersMan Music Player is available to play those files.

Supported files: mp3, m4a

- ServersMan Voice Recorder

Your recorded voice data can be downloaded to your PC as AIFF file using web browser or WebDAV. No cable is required.

You can place shortcuts of ServersMan Apps to ServersMan taskbar.

4. ServersMan Gadget

Various functions - GPS, camera, microphone, etc. - can be mashed up in real time on an iPhone or iPod touch. Voice recordings can be made and broadcast in no time at all.

Some examples include;

- Mash up with Google Maps using GPS.

- Using microphone to broadcast recorded files as soon as recording is finished

(Available for all versions of iPhone and second generations of iPod touch)

- Take photos and instantly publish them to the world

(Only available for iPhone)

Show your location on your blog. Post voice memos to twitter. All kinds of things are possible. All the user needs is an imagination.

5. File Viewer

File viewer displays various kinds of files saved to an iPhone or iPod touch. Unlike USB memory, data is visible, so a user can read a PDF or prepare for a presentation while traveling by car. Files can be physically controlled by touching or shaking the iPhone or iPod touch. Files can be shared directly with friends.

The following files can be opened and viewed.

- iWork (Pages, Numbers, Keynote)

- Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)



- source codes(JavaScript, XML, CSS)

- log, video, audio, image

6. Simple UI

Simple UI makes full use of FreeBit's unique technology to realize a "Radically Simple User Experience". "The World's Simplest Server Setup" can be done without any need to read instructions.

- World's First "5 Minutes Server Setup"

It takes you only 5 minutes to complete registration, allocate a fixed IPv6 allocation to an iPhone, configure IPv6 routing, set filtering and register the host name (which determines the URL).

This doesn't just allocate user space in the datacenter servers, but it actually assigns the iPhone to the cloud as a disk/web server.

- ServersMan UI System

Application UI and provide incredible UI simplicity.

7. IPv6 Compatibility Based on Network Virtualization Technology

ServersMan utilizes FreeBit's unique network virtualization technology "Emotion Link Active Node". With this technology, ServersMan works as an autonomous node in the cloud networks since it contains virtual IPv6 address in its application. All IPv4/IPv6 conversion is conducted at so that every ServersMan node can be easily switched into IPv6 native when IPv6 becomes the world standard. Every single user of ServersMan services are allocated /64 global IPv6 address, preparing for future demands.

<Comment by Atsuki Ishida, CEO of FreeBit >

"ServersMan integrates key FreeBit technologies, including IPv6 virtualization, Customer Management System and IPv6 operations. In 1990, Tim Berners-Lee, then a researcher at CERN, started the world's first web server on NeXTSTEP, which was developed by Steve Jobs. Eighteen years later, FreeBit successfully ran the world's first web server on a mobile phone, which inherits the same DNA on its OS."

"Web to SiLK". We are glad that we advanced one step forward to our visions.

"Servers to Go". ServersMan@iPhone enabled people to own their personal "portable" datacenter.

<Use on iPhone >

Free download and installation from the Apple App Store

(Email address is required)

<Operating Environment >

iPhone or iPod touch (2nd generation)

iPhone 2.0 software update is needed

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Published Thursday, May 14, 2009 5:37 AM by David Marshall
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