Storj Blog

We have been drinking lots of espresso and working hard to finish the functionality needed for our next release, bacon… I mean Beacon. The functionality in this release will allow clients to share encrypted files via a cool technique called macaroons. As part of the Vanguard release, we are still sending invitations to developers who joined the waitlist to store data on the V3 network. If you would like early access to store data on the V3 network, please make sure to sign up on our waitlist.
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Sharing is a vital piece of any online storage system. Or, to be more precise, access control is a vital piece of such systems. When you store a file, you need to be able to designate whether other people or automated agents are allowed to retrieve the data, delete it, or put something else in its place. On top of that, you also need to be able to designate when and for how long that particular access should be allowed.
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The Beacon release is within our sights! We are hitting our stride and continue to be listed as one of the top Ethereum projects by developer activity! The Beacon release will enable clients to share objects with others, and we have a hand full of features we need to implement to make that happen. We are now sending invitations for the Vanguard release so, if you want to get access to store data on the network, make sure to sign up on the waitlist.
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The Storj network includes three main components: the storage node, the Satellite, and the Uplink. The storage node’s role is to store and return data. The Uplink is the software or service that puts and gets data onto and from the network. The role of Satellites is to act as the mediator between Uplinks and storage nodes, facilitating the storage interaction, and deciding which storage nodes will store what files.
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During our Q2 town hall earlier this month, we received a couple of emails inquiring about pricing for the V3 network. We haven’t announced pricing yet, but we can share some information about the breakdown of the costs, and how pricing works in a decentralized network, along with some important details for partners and app developers in terms of the mechanics of billing and invoicing. Break it down for me Unlike traditional cloud storage, Storj Labs doesn’t operate a bunch of data centers, or even one.
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When people first hear about how decentralized cloud storage works, it sounds like a joke. Common questions include: “How is it possible to store data on random computers around the world?” “That doesn’t sound secure…. Is it?!?” “Is this a real thing?” Let me tell you, it’s real and it’s spectacular! The Lifecycle of a File When files are uploaded to the Storj network, the first thing that happens is the Uplink, which runs on the local machine uploading the files to the network, determines if the file is small enough to be stored as an inline segment.
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