AviWorlds announces a move — to Kitely

A little more than two weeks ago, AviWorlds came back from its fifth official grid closing — not counting temporary outages due to technical issues — to announce that they will be running the grid by themselves from now on, with no outside help.

Portuguese-language messages on the grid’s Facebook page boasted of progress getting servers online.

“Tomorrow will be a grand new day in the history of AviWorlds,” grid owner Alexandro Pomposelli — also known as Alex Ferraris in-world — announced in late June, according to Google Translate. “We will have our grid back!”

A pirate-themed gaming area on the old AviWorlds grid. (Image courtesy AviWorlds.)

A pirate-themed gaming area on the old AviWorlds grid. (Image courtesy AviWorlds.)

Then, on July 1, bad news again.

“AviWorlds is temporarily closed due to hosting and other reasons,” Pomposelli wrote. “Unfortunately, what we tried did not work out. Thank you all.”

We’re counting this as the sixth closure of the grid since any content or user accounts created during this past month are now gone.

Back up on Kitely

This morning, the grid announced a fresh start — again.

Alexsandro Pomposelli

Alexsandro Pomposelli

“My setup did not work,” Pomposelli told Hypergrid Business this morning. “I am moving the AviWorlds community to Kitely.”

Pomposelli said that he doesn’t have an official date for the grid’s reopening, but will keep us posted.

This makes it AviWorld’s seventh try at running a grid — kind of — and yet another new business model. Previously, the grid tried being the most expensive grid, then tried a free land model, it tried being hosted with Dreamland Metaverse, and being hosted with Zetamex. It has turned hypergrid connectivity off and on several times, changed its name — from AVWorlds to AviWorlds — experimented with Facebook integration and Bullet physics before other grids did. With more than 200 active grids on our list, AviWorlds certainly stands out from the pack by never being boring.

This time, however, the change is more dramatic than previous one, as AviWorlds is giving up its autonomy and its identity as a separate grid.

Kitely is a commercial grid known for its on-demand, cloud-based region hosting. Regions are run on virtual servers in the Amazon cloud, and are shutdown when nobody is on them. They also automatically scale up as usage increases, meaning that a single region on Kitely can hold up to 100,000 prims and 100 simultaneous avatars, making them one of the best-forming — if not the best performing — region of any commercial grid.

In addition, Kitely is the largest commercial grid to be hypergrid-enabled, allowing travel to other grids.

But what really sets Kitely apart is its Kitely Market, the largest multi-grid online marketplace in OpenSim, with delivery to any hypergrid-enabled grid — as well as to any closed grid that decides to allow Kitely Market deliveries.

Pomposelli said that he’s setting up the first few regions of the AviWorlds community today.

According to Pomposelli, the reason he decided to move to Kitely was Kitely’s stable infrastructure, high-capacity regions, and the marketplace.

For example, a 16-region, unlimited use island on Kitely costs $100 a month. That works out to about $6.25 per region per month, the lowest rate anywhere in OpenSim. The only caveat is that not every region on the island can hold 100,000 prims — the entire 16-region island can, but all the regions have to share those prims. So, for example, each region can hold 6,250 prims, or one region can have 100,000 prims and all the rest can be empty landscape, or anything in between.

Kitely also makes it easy to save backups of regions as OARs, upload existing region OAR files, and upgrade or downgrade hosting plans.

Benefits to users

The biggest winners in all this — if AviWorlds sticks with Kitely — will be the residents.

For example, they will be able to sell goods on the Kitely Market for real money, not worry about their inventories disappearing if AviWorlds closes again, and rent their regions directly from Kitely to benefit from Kitely’s low costs, stability, and backups. Plus, if they regions directly from Kitely, and AviWorlds closes again, they’ll still have their regions.

Model for other communities?

So far, it’s mostly been non-profit communities that have made the move to Kitely, not commercial ones.

For-profit communities looking for incubation space typically start out on OSgrid or other large open grids before they build up to the point where they can go off and set up their own grid.

However, Kitely does offer some benefits that other for-profit communities might take a look at:

  • The Kitely economy. Non-profit grids like OSgrid tend to discourage in-world commerce. Kitely makes it easy for people to both buy and sell virtual goods. Plus, when the community leaves for its own grid, they can continue to use their Kitely Market stores, and just deliver the purchases to the new location.
  • Easy exports and backups. When it comes to saving entire regions or islands, Kitely has the easiest interface around. So when a community is ready to move to its own grid, moving the regions is easy.
  • Hypergrid access. If the community’s new grid is hypergrid-enabled, users will continue to be able to use their Kitely avatars — or create new avatars, but be able to go back to visit their favorite Kitely destinations and friends.

But there is also one downside. Kitely’s backups are in the form of filtered OARs. That means that a region owner who saves a backup of their region will have empty spaces where non-exportable content was located. This could create problems when a community build is created by multiple people and not all permissions were set to allow exports. Similarly, Kitely Market content only allows merchants to choose whether or not to allow exports — it doesn’t not allow them to allow exports only to particular grids. So if a community is planning to move to its own grid at some point, and wants its members to be able to take all their content with them, all the content will have to have the export permission enabled– which will also allow it to travel to any other grid, as well.

By comparison, communities incubating on, say, OSgrid, will have an easier time moving content. Using Zetamex, Dreamland Metaverse, or other major hosting provider means that entire regions — with every bit of their content — can be moved to a new grid, plus entire user inventories. Best of all, the hosting provider can take care of all the moving-related details. But then again, open grids like OSgrid — while they do comply with copyright laws and have takedown procedures in place to deal with infringing content — don’t lock down content to the same degree as the commercial grids do. Just as community owners can save full copies of their regions and inventories, with all content in place regardless of permission settings, so can all other individual region owners.

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Maria Korolov

Maria Korolov is editor and publisher of Hypergrid Business. She has been a journalist for more than twenty years and has worked for the Chicago Tribune, Reuters, and Computerworld and has reported from over a dozen countries, including Russia and China. Follow me on Twitter @MariaKorolov.

6 Responses

  1. trrlynn73@gmail.com' Minethere says:

    Ah, interesting. I bet this will actually work for Alex and his friends, they get the best of all concepts he has tried.

    As for exporting worlds, that is not really all that much of an issue, especially if, like myself, you create them elsewhere and upload them to Kitely.

    As well as, of course, the free oars all around. I have actually never exported a world other than to generate their free export world report which is extremely well done and useful.

    If they add only export enable content to their regions [or content with certain perms…not my thang so not sure on that], then they can still export it fully, or just not be to concerned if some things don’t go with the oar [i.e. things easily replaced or done without].

    And of course he does not have to use any of the commercial aspects that Kitely offers, or just some.

    All in all, smart move for Alex, I think.

  2. isisdanaevirtual@gmail.com' Isis Ophelia says:

    Thats right with the region export capabilities in Kitely Mine, but only the owner of the region has such rights. It is not clear to me how a grid owner inside another grid (Kitely) will be able to give to his members such rights because in this case Alexandro Pomposelli would be the Kitely customer who is billed for the regions he uses. He could of course upload or export the oars of his AviWorld members, but to do it, his members needed to pass their private oars to him first or get their oars sent to them from Alex somehow outside of Kitely.

    • trrlynn73@gmail.com' Minethere says:

      Hugs Isis, nice to see you post-)) miss ya. I would have missed this since your reply was not direct to my comment, but I happened to drop by to see if any new comments were made.

      I think Ilan could speak to all that more clearly, my comment was only meant as some encouragement to Alex, whom it would be nice if he commented here himself on what he and they are doing. [not to me, but in general]

      I do believe there are all sorts of ways to accomplish what people want to do there though, which options are much more in line with the free Meta with some limitations due mostly to it being a commercial grid.

      In any case, given the various ways he has tried, so far, it seems to me Kitely offers him such a nice combination of many things he has wanted to do, with all sorts of options, in a grid- like more stable structure.

      Either way, I just find it rather smart of him.

  3. lordsirm@gmail.com' LordNine says:

    Is there not a problem with content that might be in AviWorlds being now used in Kitely, that the contents creators might not have agreed to have in another grid ?

    • Yes, that is an issue that AviWorlds will have to address with its creators. If the previous Terms of Service or other agreements prohibit this kind of use, they’ll have to go back to all the individual creators and get new permission, possibly for an additional payment.

      I recommend that when grids hire creators to do builds for them — welcome regions, plazas, parks, and any other public facilities — that they do so under a “work for hire” or “all rights” agreement. This is standard corporate practice. If you hire a designer to create a new logo for you, you don’t want the designer to keep the rights to that logo, so you’d have to come back to them each time you want it in a different size or a different color! Pay extra if you need to, but get all the rights.

      If creative content is provided without any contract in place at all, then, in the U.S., the only thing you get is first-time use rights on one particular platform. So if I, say, sell an article to a newspaper without any agreement, then they only get first-time publication rights. I can resell the publication elsewhere. And if they want to put it in an online archive, they’ll have to come back to me and give me an additional payment.

      For this reason, most major magazines and newspapers and websites now require full-rights contracts from all their contributors. The only exception, of course, is syndicated content, where the syndicator (either the syndicate company, or the individual author if self-syndicated) owns all the rights.

      I’ve actually been meaning to post a sample contract for a while now. Here it is now: http://www.hypergridbusiness.com/2014/07/template-for-content-provider-agreement/

  4. arpholdings@gmail.com' AviWorlds says:

    Hi everyone.
    Thanks for all your suggestions.
    I did try Kitely and I think I spoke to soon. I do like kitely and I have nothing against it. All I can say is that it did not work out. It wasnt ILLAN , It is my opinion and I have to look for another way.

    My wish is that one day AviWorlds can STICK! I have been fighting with this dilemma for about 3 1/2 years now or longer… I did try every venue, hosting companies possible and they all failed short to what AviWorlds need.
    As you all know I have a huge following and because of that I need a stable, strong and independent way of hosting this grid. AviWorlds requires strong servers for huge amounts of traffic, uploads, hypergrid travellings, chats etc etc..

    My only wish is to make AviWorlds stick. Many think it is me who keep taking aviworlds down but it is not. When the car is braking down you must stop the car and take it to a mechanic and with my grid it is the same thing. It is not my fault that my data base got corrupted 2 years ago, it is not my fault that my grid was being attacked.

    All I know is that every time AviWorlds is back we make the top 10 grids in a months time or so and for that reason AviWorlds requires a professional and stable hosting service that will dedicate all its powers to the grid. Cant be shared. I blame myself partially for this and no I m not going to change my name or the grids name. It is either AviWorlds or nothing.
    Why you ask? Well if I hide it means I have not learned from my mistakes and I am not being honest to myself and my followers. The pain would be much worst .
    The criticism on this blog hasnt been very fair but it inspires me to keep trying.

    Thomas Edison failed many times before he could finally build a LIGHT BULB that worked. Imagine if he had given up? Do you like candles? LOL
    Take care…:)

    oh..almost forgot
    AviWorlds did sponsor ALL its regions. We always paid the way for our residents. So no there arent any regions that are or were owned by other than AviWorlds grid.