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1:00 PM -- A company whose geeky founder purports to start a "storage Internet" has opened its test grid to interested hosting firms.

Cleversafe, founded by Chris Gladwin, has specialized up to now in offering software for free to anyone looking to fool around with the concept of dispersed storage at home, in their spare time. The firm claims at least 6,000 downloads. (See Storage Gets Scattered and Cleversafe Announces Program.)

Dispersed storage, a longtime "science project" for government research labs, is a method of disassembling data into slices, which are retrieved by specialized client software capable of regenerating an entire data set from dispersed parts.

Now, Cleversafe's bidding for broader adoption of its technology. The startup has signed up 11 partners for its new Dispersed Storage Provider (DSP) Foundation Partner Program, in which companies will help develop and build out Cleversafe's dispersed storage grid.

DSP is Cleversafe's term, meant to call to mind the ISPs of years gone by. That's because Gladwin sees his mission as starting a grid network based on dispersed storage, which hosters can sell to enterprise customers.

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