Sia, the leading decentralized cloud storage platform, has launched Skynet, a content delivery network (CDN) and web hosting platform. The platform provides a blockchain-based peer-to-peer file storage system.
The new file-sharing platform, Skynet, lets users upload files and share the generated link to anyone they want. Those files will stay online as long as at least one peer is willing to “pin” the file. As of now, anyone can upload a file to Skynet through various web portals through Sia’s command-line client, or through web apps such as this Pastebin-like text uploader.
Remarkably, Skynet enables high-speed, low-cost content distribution and file sharing. The price of storing data on the platform is approximately $5 per terabyte per month. In terms of speed, Time to First Byte (TTFB) for a Skynet download is typically under half a second and the throughput is roughly 1 gigabit per second.
According to Sia, Skynet nodes only experience about $10 of additional transaction fees each month, suggesting that network capacity is plentiful and not an immediate concern. It is not clear if Sia has any plans to prevent spam by limiting uploads per user or restricting file sizes.
The current development kit supports three programming languages (Python, Nodejs and Go) and allows users to upload and download. Moving forward, the team will focus on providing additional features such as rails and integrations, including instant migration from the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS).
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