Storj Blog

Since the start of the new year, our team here at Storj Labs has made major progress toward the production launch of the V3 network. In February, we launched the V3 Explorer alpha release, which enabled anyone with underutilized hardware or bandwidth resources to join the Storj network and start earning STORJ token in exchange for their contributions. Since the Explorer launch, we have been letting small groups of storage node operators onto the network each day.
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Vanguard has launched and we are beyond thrilled to have Uplinks operated by community members and partners uploading and downloading data on our network! If you want to get access to the Vanguard release, make sure to sign up on the waitlist. If you were unable to tune into the Q1 town hall last week you can still watch it on YouTube. It has lots of details related to the development of the V3 Storj network.
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We are excited to welcome the first developers onto the new Tardigrade decentralized cloud storage network! As part of our Vanguard alpha, developers will now be able to upload data in a truly distributed, secure and cost-effective way, without sacrificing performance, resilience or uptime. A primary goal of ours has been to give our developers and community members a simple and straightforward experience when storing data on the network. A lot of effort went towards making it very easy to begin storing data on the Tardigrade network, Storj’s Satellites that are backed by service level agreements (SLAs).
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This week, we held our quarterly community town hall meeting where we shared the latest updates from the Storj Labs team. During this quarter’s event, we announced the Vanguard release for our new V3 network! We also shared other updates from the Storj Labs team including details around our new Tardigrade network and website; a look back at our Explorer release, which welcomed the first storage node operators to the network; our quarterly Token Flows and Balances report; a greeting from our new board member, Katherine Johnson; and of course, our live Q&A.
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The Vanguard 1 Satellite holds the record for being in space longer than any other man-made object. Launched by NASA in 1958, the satellite is expected to remain in orbit for more than 200 years into the future. Its durability and resilience has been the inspiration behind our Vanguard release. Just like the Vanguard 1 satellite, our team is working towards building a decentralized and distributed object storage solution capable of withstanding the test of time and outliving its creators.
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Decentralized platforms stand out from their legacy, centralized counterparts in many ways. They’re generally more secure, private and reliable, but they’re also true ecosystems in every sense of the word, as they connect users and suppliers in fast, programmatic ways. On the Storj network, we have many types of community members. The two main categories are the people who help build the network (including storage node operators and the open source community) and the customers who turn to the network for economical, resilient, and performant storage.
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