iPhone Now Doubles as Web Server

iphone3g ReadWriteWeb reports that a Japanese company called FreeBit has developed a new application that turns the Apple iPhone into a web server. “Once the app is installed, PCs on the Internet can access the iPhone to upload or download files through a browser or they can use the webDAV protocol,” writes Sarah Perez at RWW. “If the PC and the iPhone are on the same network, the PC can connect directly.” It’s currently available in Japan, but will be coming to the U.S. AppStore next month.

We congratulate FreeBit for making it easier for sysadmins to lose their web server in a cab. Here’s the big question: if your iPhone battery runs down, will there be an iFlywheel and iGenerator to keep your server online? 

Of course, iPhone enthusiasts can manage and track servers without having to carry them with them. Pingdom has a handy list of 12 useful iPhone apps for sysadmins and webmasters.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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  1. WebDAV has existed on the iPhone for a while. AirShare has been doing this for a while: http://www.avatron.com/products/ should note that since the iPhone doesn't allow background apps, it's only working when the app is open.