Final Might, Docker CEO Ben Golub stepped down after 4 years on the helm of the containerization pioneer. We didn’t hear all that a lot from him since, however as we speak, the distributed object storage service Storj Labs introduced that Golub will be a part of its workforce as interim CEO and Govt Chairman.
There’s clearly no dearth of object storage companies, however Storj Labs is taking a considerably completely different strategy. The corporate has been round since 2014 and at all times emphasised safety and decentralized storage as its primary differentiators. As well as, although, Storj additionally made an early wager on blockchain know-how and final 12 months, Storj went all in on Ethereum with a $30 million ICO and migration to that tasks know-how.
The fundamental thought behind Storj is that anyone could make onerous drive house obtainable to Storj in return for Storj’s tokens. At the moment, the service boasts 70,000 prospects who retailer their knowledge throughout 150,000 nodes which can be run by tens of 1000’s of what the corporate calls “farmers” (versus “miners”). In complete, these nodes now retailer over 60 petabytes of knowledge. It’s additionally price noting that a variety of third-party companies, together with the favored FileZilla FTP shopper now assist it and that Storj joined Microsoft Azure’s blockchain-as-a-service ecosystem in 2016 to assist carry this know-how to extra enterprises.
“It’s clear to many who we’re on the cusp of a significant new shift in computing, pushed by a completely decentralized web and by new, decentralized fashions of belief and safety, powered by blockchains and distributed ledgers,” Golub writes in a weblog publish as we speak. “After I first talked with Storj, I used to be intrigued by the workforce, and by the truth that they’d already constructed a sturdy platform and passionate neighborhood to offer the storage layer for this new, decentralized web, in addition to builders that needed to make use of this new layer.”
Golub additionally likens the state of Storj to the early days of Docker. Wheras Docker talked about constructing an infrastucture layer for the web, Storj needs to construct a storage layer. That’s positively an bold mission and it stays to be seen if this idea will take off. For now, although, Golub needs to give attention to constructing a sustainable enterprise for Storj.
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