Kitely and the hypergrid: halfway there

Kitely has done about half of the work needed to enable full hypergrid access, said Oren Hurvitz, the company’s vice president of research and development, in an announcement today.

Oren Hurvitz

Oren Hurvitz

Kitely is the sixth-most popular OpenSim grid according to this month’s OpenSim statistics report, and the largest commercial grid by land area, second only to the non-profit OSgrid.

Once it enables hypergrid, it will become the largest commercial grid that allows its users to teleport to other grids.

It is also the only grid to use on-demand, cloud-based hosting for its regions. This means that when the regions are not in use, they are stored away, reducing in savings for the region owners. Once on the hypergrid, Kitely’s pricing structure might add additional stress to the business models of grids that exist based on land rentals.

However, grids that are based around content such as unique events, social gatherings, shopping, roleplaying or other activities may due well if they are able to attract Kitely’s users to come visit and spend money.

Kitely's price structure allows it to offer every user a free, 100,000 prim region such as this one. The catch is that while other paid-up Kitely members can visit it for free, you'll have to spend money to use it after the initial six free hours are up, at prices starting at around 20 cents per hour.

Kitely’s price structure allows it to offer every user a free, 100,000 prim region such as this one. The catch is that while other paid-up Kitely members can visit it for free indefinitely, you’ll have to spend money to use it after the initial six free hours are up, at prices starting at around 20 cents per hour.

However, Kitely’s unique cloud-based architecture has also made it harder for the grid to connect to the hypergrid.

In particular, the grid users proprietary cloud-based asset and inventory services.

“It took some work to allow restricted access to them from the hypergrid,” said Hurvitz.

In addition, since regions are only activated when they are used, hypergrid visitors would received a “region does not exist” warning when trying to teleport to an empty region. Kitely has already fixed this problem, as well, with Kitely “transfer stations” that visitors are sent to while their destination region is loading up.

“That was a lot of work, but it’s done,” he said.

Kitely still has to ensure that content without export permissions stays on Kitely.

“We’ll finish the rest in a few weeks,” he said.

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  • “Once it enables hypergrid, it will become the largest commercial grid that allows its users to teleport to other grids.” eh? did I miss something? won’t they be the “only” and first one?

    • No, plenty of other commercial grid ar hypergrid-enabled, but they’re smaller. I’m looking at my Active Grids list now — http://www.hypergridbusiness.com/statistics/active-grids/

      German Grid is the most famous one, and has been around the longest, Then there’s Dorena’s World. And Jokaydia Grid. The Italian Clone Life is the newest one, with a 25,000-prim region running at 20 Euros. Nice-looking website, too! http://clonelife.eu/it/

      Sammer’s Life is also on the hypergrid, as is Littlefield, Lost Paradise, and The World of Begabungs. So is the Virtual Gay Kingdom, World4Us, and YourSimSpot.

      AviWorlds is a commercial grid that is sometimes hypergrid-enabled, depending on the mood of the owner. Or, perhaps, the lunar cycle.

      • Bottom line: There are plenty of places where you can rent regions and have your money go to grid owners who embrace the metaverse.

        • ah, ok, you have a different definition than I was thinking of…Yes, I know of those other but I don’t think of them in similar regards to Kitely, tho perhaps I need to reconsider.

          So you mean that since they rent regions in those, which of course Kitely also does [and I think for less than all those which is proper..but then I am not much interested as you are to look into that aspect more].

          I also know some have their own inworld currencies that only work inside them, like Kitely.

          I suppose I was looking at the overall type of business model rather than doing a nit-picking kind of thing to find similarities.

          But of course all those others have their own special value and in fact some of them are pretty cool grids, especially the ones on the HG.

          Alex may change things depending on the Lunar cycle, or the tarot cards, but unlike some others I have always rather liked his spirit…and since he is a fighter against the rolling ignorant masses [typically the same types of people who occasionally rear their ugly heads up in my direction also], I admire that also-))) [not saying you are disparaging him, in any regard, just adding my own 2 cents]