The Storj Labs Blog

Hello Everyone! We hope you are enjoying your summer and staying safe. As a company, we typically meet in person every quarter to fully immerse ourselves into a specific topic or goal. Last week we had a virtual all company week where we all participated in an internal hackathon. The theme was, “Drink our own champagne.” Each team was tasked with building an application, connector, script, or anything that used Tardigrade as a storage layer.
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Many companies have been making statements lately about Black Lives Matter—using this opportunity to take a firm stance on the systemic issues around policing, economics, health, and racism that disproportionately harm Black Americans. While Fortune 500 companies and many large tech companies have been part of this discussion, there has been distressingly little meaningful contribution by startups to the conversation, and even less from the decentralization community. To some extent, this is understandable.
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We’ve got some big news. Storj Labs is partnering with MongoDB! We’re excited to announce the Tardigrade Backup service for MongoDB Ops Manager. MongoDB users can automatically back up their data directly to Tardigrade and enjoy the benefits of enterprise-grade security backed by SLAs. Tardigrade can quickly be configured to store database backups and snapshots from MongoDB Ops Manager in just a few minutes, with literally every file protected by end-to-end encryption.
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In this blog post, I will show you how to create a very simple cross-platform Uno Platform app that uses the uplink.NET-Package to connect to the Storj network. It will work on the Universal Windows Platform (UWP), WinUI, Android, iOS, and macOS. For Windows applications, we will use UWP/WinUI and the Uno Platform will take that same codebase to Android, iOS and macOS. To build all targets you would need a Windows-PC and a Mac with Visual Studio installed.
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Tardigrade is accessible for developers of all levels, and you can get the hang of it in an afternoon. If you’re accustomed to working in the command line it will be even faster. You should start with the tutorial “How to Upload your First Object with Tardigrade” (see the embedded video at the bottom of this post). Once you have some data in the cloud, check out our bindings and connectors in the language of your choice, to interact with the data you’re storing.
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With the paint barely dry on our production release of the Tardigrade Platform, one of the areas where we’re seeing the strongest interest from customers and partners building apps is our security model and access control layer. The security and privacy capabilities of the platform are some of the most differentiating features and they give our partners and customers some exciting new tools. Distributed and decentralized cloud storage is a fantastic way to take advantage of underutilized storage and bandwidth, but in order to provide highly available and durable cloud storage, we needed to build in some fairly sophisticated security and privacy controls.
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