Storj Blog

The Storj Explorer release, the public alpha for storage node operators, is rapidly approaching. And for waitlist members who are eagerly awaiting their chance to become storage node operators and share their excess hard drive space on the network, that day can’t come soon enough! It’s been quite a journey getting from V2 to V3, and the V2 storage node operators (who were previously called farmers) have played a critical part in making that journey possible.
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We asked and you answered! The results of the Storage Node Operator Survey are in. We have a long waitlist of storage node operators interested in sharing their hard drives and bandwidth on the Storj V3 network. We asked this group of future storage node operators some questions about their network environment, hardware, available storage, and a number of other data points that will help us understand what we can expect on the launch of the Explorer release.
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At our quarterly town hall that was held this week, the Storj team shared details about our progress building the new V3 network, timelines around upcoming releases, and specifics about our token governance and policies. We also had some great questions from developers in the community during the nearly-hour-long Q&A at the end of the presentation. If you missed the town hall presentation, you can watch the YouTube replay below. Closed captioning is available.
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Storj is a decentralized object storage network where data is encrypted client-side, broken into pieces, erasure coded, and spread across a network of fault-tolerant nodes. The goal for Storj’s V3 network is to provide developers with an object storage solution that is more secure, economical and performant than existing cloud storage options. This is made possible through protocol features like concurrency, parallelism, client-side encryption, and erasure coding (Reed-Solomon). The Storj test network (storj-sim) enables you to run all the components of the Storj platform (Satellite, Uplink client, and storage nodes) and test them on your local machine.
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We are excited to announce that the Q4 2018 community town hall will take place on January 16, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. EST (see below for other timezones).

During the meeting, you’ll hear from the Storj executive team, including Ben Golub, our executive chairman and interim CEO; Shawn Wilkinson, co-founder and chief strategy officer; JT Olio, director of engineering; and John Gleeson, vice president of operations. We will also plan to share our next STORJ Token Flows and Balances Report on this date.

Please register for the town hall here.

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Each year, the amount of data annually created roughly doubles. Cloud computing has emerged as a highly efficient and profitable enterprise where the largest companies on the planet are investing billions of dollars and Moore’s Law continues to hold. In such an environment, wouldn’t you expect cloud storage prices to drop? Unfortunately, the answer is no. There are only three major cloud storage providers in the world outside of China: Amazon, Google, and Microsoft.
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