Sia blockchain developer Nebulous releases decentralized file sharing platform

Quick Take

  • Nebulous, developers of the Sia network, has launched a content distribution and file sharing network
  • According to Nebulous CEO, Skynet offers lower storage costs and higher speed, and has advantages over both centralized solutions like Amazon Web Services and the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS).

Nebulous, the company behind the Sia decentralized cloud storage network, has released a new platform called Skynet to enable high-speed, low-cost content distribution and file sharing. 

Established in 2015, the Sia Network offers decentralized and permissionless storage. According to Nebulous CEO David Vorick, the network has onboarded about 1,000 to 2,000 users, who have collectively stored over four petabytes of data across over 1 million storage smart contracts.  

The new file-sharing platform, Skynet, builds on the Sia network. It lets users upload a data and share the generated link with anyone they wish to. End-users can access the file without having to run full nodes. DApp developers can also use Sia, rather than centralized solutions like Amazon Web Services, as their storage layer. 

“Anyone can run a server that allows them to touch the link,” Vorick explained. “It’s not like Amazon’s cloud or Apple’s cloud, and the person who uploaded the file doesn’t need to seed the file. What it means is that you have this substrate for data where so long as a single person thinks that a file has a right to exist, that file is available to the entire world.”

Contrary to most centralized solutions where the platform has final say over whether certain content can or can’t be published, with a decentralized alternative, users have “complete sovereignty over what you publish to the world,” he added. 

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