Seven Ways You Can Use Decentralized Cloud Storage

Ben Golub
October 19, 2020

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. This end-to-end encryption is standard on every file, at no additional cost. Also, only you have the private keys to your data, so only you or those you grant access to can view your files. Another big benefit when using our Tardigrade service is our network of uncorrelated Nodes is spread out across the world—your data will always be available when you need it since it's unlikely for every Node on our network to go down. See how decentralized files are on Tardigrade by downloading this file.

Because of the many inherent benefits of decentralization, Tardigrade has seen significant adoption since launching, with more than 11,000 users and numerous integrations. Use cases around this adoption include:

  1. File transfers across vast distances
  2. Accelerating blockchain sync times
  3. Log file streaming
  4. Backup files on personal devices for added security/resiliency 
  5. Secure database backups and snapshots
  6. Video transcoding and streaming to create new, decentralized edge networks
  7. Academic data sharing

In this blog, we want to highlight some of the most exciting things people and companies are currently doing with decentralized cloud storage to improve performance, keep data secure, and make files more accessible.

File transfers across vast distances

As mentioned above, Tardigrade stores data in a decentralized manner. This makes the decentralized cloud ideal for transferring data all around the world. Your data will always be available because your file pieces are split and stored on 80 different Nodes, and only 30 pieces are needed to reconstitute your data. No more downtime due to outages. No more worry about losing data. No more bit rot.

We just launched a new integration with FileZilla, and they are currently putting Tardigrade to work to support data transfers from all across the globe. Read more about our integrations with FileZilla here.

Accelerating blockchain sync times 

Configuring and setting up a new mining node can take a while, and downloading the blockchain data is usually one of the biggest reasons it can take so long. It can take anywhere from 12 hours to one day to sync the full Ethereum Classic blockchain. If you use Tardigrade to serve the blockchain data, the data is dispersed across many Storage Nodes and downloaded in parallel. This makes it faster to sync the entire ETC blockchain, taking only 30-40 minutes

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