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Differences between centralized vs decentralized storage options

Data storage is a very well known concept and necessary industry in our data-dependent world. While the industry of data storage, and more specifically cloud data storage, is large and expanding, not all data storage is fundamentally the same. To be precise, there are two types of data storage at the heart of the differences. Decentralized data storage and centralized.

There are key factors distinguishing centralized vs decentralized storage. Decentralization has expanded since the introduction of Bitcoin to the public sector in 2009. With these social changes the creation and development of decentralized content is steadily on the rise.

In 2015 the Ethereum network introduced the smart contract technology, and the swarm file system was established. Data storage and transmission is important to any business or organizational process amongst today’s globally competitive industries and the financial market at large. Superior vs inferior data storage and streaming systems could be the difference between adoption or disaster for a new or established brand.

The need for efficient data storage

Just a second of delay could be the difference of a platform user staying or bouncing from an online interface. Data transmission speeds and quality need to be up to par in order to hold interest with customers and clients in today’s world at large.

Whether it’s for banking or financial institutions, retail operations, entertainment, streaming or storage services, data storage and transmission schemes are vitally important to a business’ success. At the heart of the storage decision, centralized vs decentralized is the main distinction, with the advantages of decentralized storage seemingly edging out the centralized options.

Advantages of decentralized storage

Decentralized storage solutions offer commercial and industry clients a secure network in which data is stored and shared with others who access the network. Decentralized networks differ from centralized, in that the control of the network does not rest with any centralized authority. Instead, decentralized networks are permissionless, public distributed ledger systems, in which all transactions are open, transparent and publicly verifiable by anyone at any time.

In the AuroraFS network decentralized P2P cloud storage network, information is protected not only by the process by which data is stored in the independent blockchain, but also by the unique authorized access system at work, aiding in securing the AuroraFS network. The authorized access system necessitates authentication by nodes in all data retrieval requests made within the AuroraFS decentralized network.

Decentralized data storage and transmission implements the process of data fragmentation, and stores the fragmented bits in nodes across the network. Nodes are computers located along the decentralized content and media network. In the AuroraFS design nodes can be dedicated to a number of different purposes. This is because in the AuroraFS system design different nodes have different roles. The main advantages of decentralized data storage could be summed up with the following highlighted points.

  • Low cost for storage due to the nature of the decentralized network.
  • Fast transmission speeds.
  • Secure, not requiring a third party overseer.
  • Data is readily available on the network at all times since nodes are dedicated to specific roles.
  • Increased storage capacity with large global bandwidth.

While advantages of decentralized storage are evident, the AuroraFS network takes decentralized storage a step further, and introduces new concepts that increase data transmission speeds to rates that allow for HD quality real-time playback of video media content on the decentralized content network. Web3Tube is an excellent example of the capability provided by the AuroraFS network.

Disadvantages of centralized data storage

Centralized data storage is the option that has been used for commercial cloud storage needs thus far. However, the cloud storage industry has been evolving steadily over the last several years and decentralized alternatives have now effectively developed into better options in many cases, to more expensive centralized data storage alternatives.

It may be important to note here, that the growth of the cloud storage industry is expected to continue expanding over the next several years. Data storage and streaming needs have even been predicted to outgrow the available options in some cases. According to Allied Market Research the global cloud storage market is expected to cross over $222 billion by 2027. The need for effective data storage solutions is a dire one.

Centralized cloud data storage presents some disadvantages compared to its decentralized counterpart. They could be summed up with the following points.

  • Location-bound, making it susceptible to power failures, disastrous environmental conditions, weather, physical destruction and other dangers.
  • Slow transmission speeds in many cases due to the centralized locations interacting with data requestors.
  • Expensive due to centralized servers employee and management costs, equipment, location, legal and accounting costs and general upkeep.
  • Open to data privacy breaches. People oversee the data, and servers can censor, alter, share, or perform other malicious acts.

Until AuroraFS, the alternatives for data streaming in particular, were not as advanced. The AuroraFS network provides a superior streaming experience through the first of its kind Web 3.0 layer protocol stack which makes the decentralized content network fully decentralized, inexpensive, fast and secure.

Advantages of the AuroraFS decentralized network

The AuroraFS data network can handle the largest data storage and distribution needs. Video, audio and other content streaming needs, metaverse data storage and much more. In today’s world it just isn’t necessary to risk losing users or company resources due to a lesser quality, outdated data system. AuroraFS offsets the disadvantages inherent in the centralized storage systems, and improves upon them drastically, all while offering the privacy synonymous with decentralization.

Increased data retrieval speeds

The AuroraFS network gives users an advantage with faster data transmission speeds than normal. Ant colony optimization is a data retrieval model which uses trails to mark the most efficient data routes within the decentralized data network. AuroraFS use of ACO (ant colony optimization) adds to the effect of the advanced distributed hash table algorithm also at work within AuroraFS.

In AuroraFS network design the distributed hash table is amplified by s-bucket and groupcast implementations which speed up data transmission by making data available on multiple nodes throughout the network.

Instead of nodes being available to any requestor node, as in a traditional DHT (distributed hash table) network design, the AuroraFS network dedicates a node to one requestor once accessed, as information is readily stored on other nodes in the network for future requestors. Efficiency is achieved in the AuroraFS network design in this way.

Final thoughts on centralized vs decentralized

In closing, let’s look at the progression factor and less at comparisons. Centralized cloud data storage is the road that has led us to this point. The comparisons between centralized vs decentralized storage should be seen as that. Decentralized data storage was designed to enhance data storage, which started as a centralized concept before we were introduced to decentralization as a sustainable concept and model. The work of developers is mostly dedicated there because of the newness of the decentralized space altogether, and rightfully so. Innovation is how we scale as a human collective.

Decentralized storage systems like Swarm and IPFS were able to help in getting the decentralized developments to where we are now. AuroraFS has taken things a step further, and in today’s world, has figured out how to make decentralized cloud storage and data streaming possible on a mainstream level for commercial and large industry needs. So then when it comes to which is better, maybe it’s best not to look at it in that way, but instead – what’s now?!