Storj Blog

Greetings Storjlings, Our team has been making waves with everything they have been able to accomplish over the last two weeks. We’re closing in on our next major release Beacon, which will give our clients the ability to share files with each other, among other things. As part of the Vanguard release, we’re still sending invitations to developers who joined the waitlist to store data on the V3 network. If you would like early access to store data on the V3 network, please make sure to sign up here.
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The demand for storage is growing rapidly every year, and businesses and consumers are storing unprecedented amounts of data. IDC predicts worldwide data will grow to 175 zettabytes by 2025, with as much data stored in the cloud as in data centers¹. The Storj network introduces an economy around storage by creating a decentralized storage platform which enables anyone to become a storage node operator. Storage nodes aren’t managed by Storj Labs and storage node operators are peers in the community managing hardware and networks that Storj Labs doesn’t control.
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We have been drinking lots of espresso and working hard to finish the functionality needed for our next release, bacon… I mean Beacon. The functionality in this release will allow clients to share encrypted files via a cool technique called macaroons. As part of the Vanguard release, we are still sending invitations to developers who joined the waitlist to store data on the V3 network. If you would like early access to store data on the V3 network, please make sure to sign up on our waitlist.
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Sharing is a vital piece of any online storage system. Or, to be more precise, access control is a vital piece of such systems. When you store a file, you need to be able to designate whether other people or automated agents are allowed to retrieve the data, delete it, or put something else in its place. On top of that, you also need to be able to designate when and for how long that particular access should be allowed.
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The Beacon release is within our sights! We are hitting our stride and continue to be listed as one of the top Ethereum projects by developer activity! The Beacon release will enable clients to share objects with others, and we have a hand full of features we need to implement to make that happen. We are now sending invitations for the Vanguard release so, if you want to get access to store data on the network, make sure to sign up on the waitlist.
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The Storj network includes three main components: the storage node, the Satellite, and the Uplink. The storage node’s role is to store and return data. The Uplink is the software or service that puts and gets data onto and from the network. The role of Satellites is to act as the mediator between Uplinks and storage nodes, facilitating the storage interaction, and deciding which storage nodes will store what files.
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