The Storj Labs Blog

Today, we would like to announce a tech preview of two powerful developer tools you can now use on Tardigrade. We have now integrated and tested Rclone and Restic on the Tardigrade Object Storage Platform. We would love for the Tardigrade community to test out the integration and give us feedback around the tools, initial use cases, and ways we can improve these integrations. Rclone Rclone, often referred to as rsync for cloud storage, enables developers to directly map files and directories from their filesystem to Tardigrade through a command-line tool.
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Connectors bridge the chasm between the applications we use every day and the underlying storage infrastructure on which application data is stored. Our team has worked with our partners to build a series of connectors between Tardigrade, our decentralized cloud storage service, and our partners’ applications. What is a Tardigrade Connector? A Tardigrade connector is an application-level integration that enables the use of decentralized cloud storage in consumer software. Tardigrade connectors enable Satellites to measure the volume of data associated with a bucket and give attribution to them.
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Have you heard the news? Tardigrade is in early access production, which means that developers can start using the decentralized cloud storage service for real workloads. This is a huge milestone for the company and network, and we’re excited to have you along for the journey. Tardigrade Benefits Tardigrade is superior to centralized alternatives, for a number of reasons. First off, we’re more durable. Decentralization means there is no single point of failure, and the risk of file loss is dispersed through statistical uncorrelation.
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When the tech industry began the transition to cloud-based resource provisioning, the attack/security vectors in which DevOps and CISOs focus on to protect their resources, shifted along with it. Suddenly, protecting users’ data required a fundamentally new approach to containing resources. Rather than simply “defending the perimeter” (through ownership of network infrastructure, firewalls, NICs etc.) the model shifted to an identity-based approach to control access to systems and resources.
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Developers have been clamoring for a decentralized storage solution for pinning data on IPFS— and the Storj community has answered the call with storjipfs.com. The IPFS protocol is popular with decentralized app developers as a way to address content from its hash output. While it’s merely a way to address files across a DHT (or network of Kademlia nodes), it’s usually deployed with Amazon S3 or local storage on the backend.
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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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