Ogrant, a name that sooner brings the weedy horrors of The Handmaid's Tale
to mind than collaboration-oriented student loans, has chosen the Nirvanix Storage Delivery Network
to improve its media applications process.
is a collective of grant-providing entities that enables students to apply for grants and scholarships by letting them turn in videos and images in lieu of transcripts, letters of rec and essays. Ogrant members then vote for applicants that deserve a grant, based on their media submission.
Nirvanix's service is used to store and deliver the interactive entries developed by applicants."Nirvanix helps lower our equipment and management costs in a way that wouldn’t have been possible without leveraging the power of their storage delivery
system," said Saroop Bharwani, co-founder of Ogrant.
"Because we only pay for the amount of storage and bandwidth that we actually use, we are able to save money and give a much larger portion of what we receive from corporations, advertisers and schools to the students applying for our online grants."
On its quest for the perfect online storage delivery solution, the company originally considered Amazon S3. The S3 is powered in part by Dynamo
, a proprietary distributed storage technology that engages in "optimistic replication," whereby data is automatically copied to multiple servers. Replicas are updated after a given period of time, and the offering conducts its own conflict resolution.
Saroop asserted Nirvanix's interfaces, tracking and bandwidth are superior to the Amazon offering. Uploading and downloading, for example, was conducted with more speed and ease -- and developer support was easy to find.
San Diego-based Nirvanix was founded in 2007. It currently serves over 100 customers.