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Storage Commodity Broker to Create Marketplace For Storage Leasing Between Users

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000201004D
Publication Date: 2010-Nov-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 37K

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Abstract

This invention is to provide customers the ability to make available for rent, for a fee, extra storage that they have. Allowing the pairing of customers who need more space with those who have extra space to offer for profit.

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Storage Commodity Broker to Create Marketplace For Storage Leasing Between Users

This invention is to provide customers the ability to make available for rent, for a fee, extra storage that they have. This allows the pairing of customers who need more space with those who have extra space to offer for profit.

Offered is a solution that would provide a brokering "site" for users to offer available storage they have for rent to customers who need additional space. This site would provide a secure environment, ensuring data is protected via encryption, and some redundancy for failover as well. Transactions would be controlled via Storage Broker in areas of Leasor ratings, fee structure, and lease agreements (time, space, etc.)

The Storage Broker would be a web based site that controls the sharing of storage space between multiple users, either related or unrelated. Users wishing to benefit from the site would need to load software that would allow them to use the site, as sellers of space, or buyers. The broker would ensure data security, integrity, and redundancy as determined by the lease agreement. Storage Broker would also determine the reliability of leasors offerings, which would affect price to risk valuation for potential Leasee.

Guidelines for the parties involved would be as follows:

Leasor - Load provided software to allow Leasor to offer space via the web. Determines the amount of space to offer, duration of availability, fee for usage of said space, an...