The Storj Labs Blog

Ever since we launched Tardigrade, the world’s first decentralized cloud storage service, there’s been a lot of talk about the benefits of decentralized cloud storage. For one, due to the nature of a decentralized cloud storage network, they’re highly secure and almost impossible to hack. This means there will be fewer data breaches. Because each file is split into pieces, encrypted end-to-end, and those pieces are all stored on different Nodes, it’s more private than centralized cloud services, like AWS.
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By now the whole world has felt the daily impact of COVID-19. Everyone at Storj Labs wants to try to help with pandemic relief efforts in any way we can. That’s why we’re proud to announce the COVID-19 Storage Program The last things people on the frontlines of COVID-19 research should have to worry about are cloud storage and egress costs, or data security, privacy, and availability. So, if you or your organization are working to fight the global pandemic, Storj will provide you with 1TB of free cloud storage and bandwidth per month on the Tardigrade decentralized cloud storage platform for one year.
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Last week, Storj labs announced the production launch of Tardigrade, the industry’s first enterprise-grade, economically sustainable, decentralized storage service. We are really proud of our 99.99999999% durability, 99.95% availability, S3 compatibility, and upload/download speeds that are on par (or better) than the big three cloud providers. We’re proud of the fact that we’re able to price at a fraction of the price of large cloud providers while providing attractive economics to Storage Node Operators and partners, and setting ourselves up for economic sustainability as well.
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The internet was designed to be decentralized. When you send a message, stream media, or do a video conference, you don’t worry about which routers your data is passing through, who owns them, or whether some may be down. The decentralized model for internet communications has delivered multiple orders of magnitude of improvements in reliability, speed, and price. No one questions the appropriateness of leveraging TCP/IP for enterprise applications.
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So, you’re about to launch a product that will be used for business-critical use cases. Everyone speaks about being “production-ready,” and “enterprise-grade.” How can you make those vague concepts concrete? There is an old saying that “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” In the enterprise storage world, the corollary is: “You never get a second chance to be trusted with someone’s data.” With Tardigrade, we are asking users to consider storing production data on a decentralized service.
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Today marks a really exciting day for Storj Labs. We launched the first beta of our V3 Storj software, and we simultaneously launched the beta for our Tardigrade Cloud Storage Service, which is (we expect) the first of many decentralized storage services built by many organizations using Storj software. This post discusses the very important qualification gateswe’ve established for each of our major milestones: Pioneer 1 (beta 1), Pioneer 2 (beta 2), and Voyager (production).
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