Storj Blog

It has been almost a month since we posted our last development update, so strap in, this is a long one. Since our last update, we’ve merged over 250 PRs, which equates to about 30,000 lines of code added and 10,000 lines deleted. This code is for the functionality we’re building into the network for our Beacon and Pioneer releases. Part of our team has been focused on finishing out the last bits of functionality for Beacon, while the rest of our team has been focused on Pioneer.
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One of the most enjoyable challenges we face when creating a decentralized platform is building programmatic functionality into the system that would not be needed in a legacy, centralized solution. In a decentralized cloud storage service, many of the core components that would be managed by a centralized solution need to be offloaded to various parts of the network, be it the Satellite, Uplink, or storage node. This includes encryption key management, node vetting, file repair, and storage node selection.
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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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