The firm behind the Sia decentralized cloud storage, Nebulous has launched Skynet which is a blockchain-based peer-to-peer file sharing and content distribution system. Skynet will offer low cost and high-speed file storage and content sharing. Nebulous CEO David Vorick claims it has over both centralized platforms like Amazon Web Services and the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS).
According to Vorick:
“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.“
In addition, Skynet which is powered by Sia’s blockchain-based file storage network; allows its users and developers to upload files and applications to the platform. The files remain online for as long as no less than one peer is inclined to ‘pin’ that file. As per the announcement on February 18, the file is much or less permanent and immutable.
Nevertheless, Sia’s Skynet is quite different from Sia’s main file hosting service; which is private storage for individual users and charges fees. In contrast, Skynet is designed for the public. However, support for encrypted private data is being developed otherwise it is not available at the moment.
Unlike centralized solutions like Amazon, Skynet does not decide whether content will be published or not. Skynet will only charge $5 every month for every terabyte of data stored. This is much less than what Amazon basically charges. In addition, the download speed at Skynet is at 1 gigabit per second.
Skynet Integration to be Simplified
In conclusion, Nebulous will offer more rails and integration to the developers to enhance effortless Skynet integration. The developers will be able to start building applications right away. Currently, the development kit supports coding languages such as Python, Go and Nodejs. In addition, the platform will allow both downloads and uploads.