- 12. Sep
IPFS is a part of the distributed web - a peer-to-peer hypermedia protocol to make the web faster, safer, and more open. This chart bootstraps an IPFS deployment on a Kubernetes cluster using the Helm package manager.
The web of tomorrow needs IPFS today
HTTP is inefficient and expensive
HTTP downloads a file from a single computer at a time, instead of getting pieces from multiple computers simultaneously. With video delivery, a P2P approach could save 60% in bandwidth costs.
IPFS makes it possible to distribute high volumes of data with high efficiency. And zero duplication means savings in storage.
Humanity's history is deleted daily
The average lifespan of a web page is 100 days. Remember GeoCities? The web doesn't anymore. It's not good enough for the primary medium of our era to be so fragile.
IPFS keeps every version of your files and makes it simple to set up resilient networks for mirroring of data.
The web's centralization limits opportunity
The Internet has been one of the great equalizers in human history and a real accelerator of innovation. But the increasing consolidation of control is a threat to that.
IPFS remains true to the original vision of the open and flat web but delivers the technology which makes that vision a reality.
Our apps are addicted to the backbone
Developing world. Offline. Natural disasters. Intermittent connections. All trivial compared to interplanetary networking. The networks we're using are so 20th Century. We can do better.
IPFS powers the creation of diversely resilient networks which enable persistent availability with or without Internet backbone connectivity.
Here's how IPFS works
- Let's take a look at what happens when you add files to IPFS:
- Each file and all of the blocks within it are given a unique fingerprint called a cryptographic hash.
- IPFS removes duplications across the network.
- Each network node stores only content it is interested in, and some indexing information that helps figure out who is storing what.
- When looking up files, you're asking the network to find nodes storing the content behind a unique hash.
- Every file can be found by human-readable names using a decentralized naming system called IPNS.
IPFS is useful here and now
It's not enough to organize the world's information—we need to store it in a way the world can remember it. IPFS provides deduplication, high performance, and clustered persistence.
If your company delivers large amounts of data to users, a peer-to-peer approach could save you millions in bandwidth. IPFS can provide secure P2P content delivery.
If you're working with, distributing, and analyzing huge data sets, IPFS offers fast performance and decentralized archiving.
High latency networks are a real barrier of entry to developing the world. IPFS provides resilient access to data, independent of low latency or connectivity to the backbone.
IPFS and the Blockchain are a perfect match! You can address large amounts of data with IPFS, and place the immutable, permanent IPFS links into a blockchain transaction. This timestamps and secures your content, without having to put the data on the chain itself.
IPFS brings the freedom and independent spirit of the web at full force—and at low cost. IPFS can help deliver content in a way which can save you considerable money.