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Motivation and Vision

In today’s world, the use of cloud services is more than commonplace. In good faith in the integrity and security of major cloud storage providers, many people entrust private data (be it images, videos or confidential documents) to large server farms. But this data is then often stored unencrypted. Whether and how a provider uses this data is unclear in many cases. Even if the provider has no unfair intentions, there may still be hackers who can gain access to the data. In both cases, privacy is compromised and stored data is no longer secure. Only client-side encryption solves the problem.

This is where Griffin+ Breezy comes in by encrypting data before it is uploaded to the cloud, making it unreadable to outsiders. Breezy not only encrypts the file itself, but also makes their filenames unrecognisable, so that it becomes impossible to deduce contents from names. Encryption is transparent to a Breezy client.

Although encryption is a main pillar of Breezy, it can do much more. Breezy unifies the interface to various cloud storage services (Amazon S3, Openstack Swift, Backblaze B2) making it easier for developers and administrators to integrate an application into existing infrastructure. In the first run Breezy behaves as a filesystem (BreezyDrive on Windows and BreezyFS on Linux). BreezyFS is fully POSIX compliant and not distinguishable from other filesystems.

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