Storj Blog

As we got ready to tell the world about Ben Golub joining the Storj team, I reflected on how we got here. Storj began four years ago when I was working on a personal project using tons of data from the Twitter firehose. I needed to pull down 20-30GB of data a day. I looked at using S3 from Amazon, and Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure. Not only would it get expensive very fast on all those platforms, but they were also not easy to use, not open source, and not commutable to what I wanted to do. 

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Amazon S3, the world’s largest cloud storage platform, went offline last week, taking down a large percentage of internet services with it. Trello, Quora, Heroku, and Slack are just a handful of the many services that were affected. It was also reported that even IoT connected thermostats and lightbulbs stopped working. We now know the cause of the outage to be a mistyped command during routine server maintenance. My heart goes out to the engineer that committed that error (as an engineer I’ve definitely made mistakes like this), but this unfortunate outcome simply should not have been possible. 

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