The Rise of Decentralized Cloud Storage

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Alan Morrison, Advanced Data Technologies Consultant and Writer

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The decentralized cloud (dcloud) is emerging as a cost-effective alternative to conventional public cloud services. Research universities, for example, love the convenience of cloud services, but find it hard to afford to store all the data they have to collect and maintain. As storage and compute become less tightly coupled, price-sensitive, early adopter customers have been storing their big data via services that harness the power and cost advantages of the dcloud: newly capable peer-to-peer data networks such as the Interplanetary File System (IPFS) and the cloud-friendly infrastructure that’s already being built on top. Other early adopter organizations such as the Chrome development unit of Alphabet, Netflix and Opera have been using IPFS-based storage as a simpler, cheaper and in some other ways more suitable alternative for certain classes of data storage. Tape and other “cold storage” methods are under replacement threat as a result. This talk will provide an overview of dcloud (a.k.a., services that use the dgraph/dweb/web3) or P2P data network cloud storage alternatives for enterprise, what the pros and cons are of these new services, and how they promise to expand the storage options available to mainstream companies. Speaker bio: Alan Morrison is an independent consultant and freelance writer on data tech and enterprise transformation. He is a contributor to Data Science Central with over 35 years of experience as an analyst, researcher, writer, editor and technology trends forecaster, including 20 years in emerging tech R&D at PwC.

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