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 Storj Network and Tardigrade decentralized cloud object storage were built to ensure the data stored always remains private and secure. But how do we achieve this? First of all, every file uploaded to the network is encrypted before it ever leaves your computer. In fact, end-to-end encryption is standard on every file at no additional cost. Before a file gets uploaded to the network, it is split into 80 pieces, and each piece encrypted.
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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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