It was great to mete Pete Brown at MIX10, and the timing of the OData / WinPhone7 release couldn't have been more exciting. Thanks to PeteB for doing the interview!


Here's a bit of info about MimeCloud. We're still finalising a few things at the moment and have switched the CodePlex hosting over to Mercurial, so a code refresh on there is still around a fortnight away (mid-April 2010), but if you are like the folks who've contacted us wanting a stable open-source .NET image/asset management system it'll be worth the wait Smiley


MimeCloud isn't just for Umbraco, you can actually use it with anything even if it's internal and "offline" - it's essentially a framework that you can integrate with your existing systems or use standalone. We're providing a Silverlight and HTML client out of the box, and it can upload to FTP or cloud hosting - plus you can write your own providers too.


Here's the "elevator pitch" - a phrase I only learnt off Pete Brown at the start of the interview!

  • MimeCloud is an open-source media asset library built for lightning speed and scalability
  • You can use MimeCloud to:
    • Manage the images and video on your blog or website (e.g. Wordpress, SubText, Drupal - we're even building a custom section to integrate with Umbraco)
    • Replace the image management module of your website's CMS with something more powerful, extensible, and easier to use
    • Manage usage rights information on your digital media archive
    • Attach metadata in multiple languages to the same image, video or asset
    • Quickly upload 1 or 1000 assets in a batch, with resizing and thumbnail generation on the fly
  • MimeCloud builds against Microsoft .NET 3.5SP1, and has an extensible API in both WCF and RESTful forms exposed using IIS, including OData support
  • Several clients including a full-featured Silverlight batch upload tool, and an ASP.NET MVC2 administration tool for basic upload and library searching
  • Storage of assets can be via FTP, HTTP upload, Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure - whatever you prefer
  • The project was founded by Alex Norcliffe, formerly tech lead for Cond√© Nast International and Peter Miller, currently Head of Tech at Cond√© Nast Digital Britain. Together we've many years of experience dealing with large amounts of rights-protected image and video media needing a powerful, fast architecture and it's this learning that we bring to the project.
Many thanks for your interest and do let us know what you want out of such a system on the CodePlex project!