The Storj Labs Blog

Kubernetes and container technologies have ignited a shift from machine-driven architecture and operations to unified application-driven architecture. This shift has increased application scalability and reduced platform friction. It has also created problems for enterprises dependent on traditional backup tools for data protection. Traditional backup solutions don’t work with agile Kubernetes concepts like container-granularity, namespaces, Kubernetes configurations, backing up distributed databases, and multi-cloud operations. So, to make life easier for DevOps teams, we set out to build a modern Kubernetes backup tool using the Tardigrade toolset.
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A team of researchers in the Computer Science Department from Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science currently hosts a large research dataset that is quickly growing beyond the multiple TB range, and generating over 80TB of bandwidth utilization monthly. For Carnegie Mellon, this large dataset’s release will facilitate future research in the related areas and needs to be both preserved for long periods of time and highly available in a public, read-only format which global researchers can access.
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The Simulation Theory and Engineering of Advanced Materials (STEAM) Lab in the University of Maryland Baltimore County Physics Department runs a series of theoretical materials science simulations that has produced 50TB of output data (and quickly growing). The data associated with this research has the need to be both preserved for long periods of time, and highly available in a public, read-only access format so global researchers can verify, review, and replicate their published results.
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Docker Registry is a stateless, highly scalable server-side application that stores and lets you distribute Docker images. The Registry is open-source, under the permissive Apache license. Docker containers are a foundational building block of many companies’ software infrastructure. A registry is a storage and content delivery system holding named Docker images, available in different tagged versions. Users interact with a registry by using Docker push and pull commands. Storage itself is delegated to drivers.
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The VideoCoin Network is decentralized video infrastructure. This infrastructure provides developers with video processing services that are simple-to-use and inexpensive compared to centralized providers. Like Tardigrade, the VideoCoin Network is developer-oriented. The platform makes it easy to transcode files to various video formats, supporting H264 inputs and HLS outputs for files. Users can interact with the network API using standard REST API libraries and can even livestream their videos over RTMP and WebRTC.
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Recently, there’s been a lot of buzz around TikTok getting banned in the United States, Europe, and other places. On June 29, 2020 the Indian government banned TikTok, making it inaccessible to users across the country. On November 12, 2020, the same ban will go into effect in the United States. With great uncertainty existing around the future state of the application, it’s in many users’ best interest to back up their TikTok creative videos, comedy sketches, and dances before it’s too late.
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