Agily Networks, Inc. is a networking and infrastructure technology startup, still in its early stage. It is based in San Jose, California, and its seed money was graciously provided by a group of angel investors in April, 2007.
Agily Networks develops for Windows, MacOS/X and Linux. The code is highly portable, easily embeddable and have a small footprint. Read about our technology here
When the Internet was created a quarter-century ago to serve the collaboration needs of people around the world, the existing infrastructure was largely "social," in that there were no firewalls, road tolls or electronic barricades - just computers directly linked together to increase the speed of data transfer.
In the years since then, we have moved away from this infrastructure, toward a better system. Slow modems were replaced by terabit routers, and copper wires by fiber optics and laser technology. We built backbones, linked continents and separated systems into two types: servers (enjoying rectified power sources, air-conditioned environments, 24-hour attention and other luxurious services) and clients, available for relatively small amounts of money either online or at retail stores, then hidden away under desks to suffer through unintentional attacks from spilled soda, unlimited dust supplies, fluctuating power, and slow connections. This was Web 1.0, and it was much like TV: servers broadcast information to disposable client computers, whose owners watched passively from their chairs.
Recently, we saw the arrival of Web 2.0. Our TV-like system has become interactive, listening to clients as well as sending information, and even better: some of these "TV stations" are actually based on user-created content generated on those client computers. Many of us have access to fiber optics in our homes, and those who don't still have high-speed cable and DSL to fall back on. Huge servers are no longer a necessity because, while we still hide our computers beneath our desks, those computers offer hundreds of gigabytes of disk space, multi-core, multi-gigahertz processors, and multiple gigabytes of memory - often used just to run a web browser and send email.
Still, this system is flawed. All the great content we create is still uploaded to external servers for virtual strangers to view, comment upon, modify, and re-use. We upload pictures of our newborn babies to remote servers in order to share them with family living just down the street, and even when our computers are networked we rely on USB flash drives to transfer data - a system that is much akin to replacing the U. S. Postal Service with carrier pigeons. There may be a touch of whimsy - even romance - in being able to store data on something the size of a stick of gum, and hang it from our key-rings, but whimsy and romance don't equal efficiency.
This is why Agily Networks was created. We want to bring back that "social internet infrastructure" using all of the technological achievements the last twenty-five years have given us. We will use servers, not as hosts for our information, but as faceless, interchangeable backup/storage/processing boxes.
And we're greener too!
Consider the way you use the 'net to stay current with the news: you open your favorite site in a browser, and click the "refresh" button every so often. Now consider how much power and bandwidth are being used with each of those refreshes. It's a flawed model, requiring you to poll for information, then pull it even if there hasn't been a change. Even RSS feeds aren't actively feeding you anything - your RSS reader has to poll them.
Agily Networks technology allows developers to build truly data-interactive applications, delivering updates to user's desktops only when needed and over optimal routes through the Net.