What Is a Storage Node (Storj)?
Empowering Users through Distributed Nodes
Unlike centralized cloud storage services that rely on data centers owned and operated by a central authority, Storj operates through a network of storage nodes.
These storage nodes are distributed across the network and contribute their available disk space to store and distribute users’ data.
Individuals or organizations can join the Storj network by setting up a storage node on their computer or dedicated hardware.
The node must have a certain amount of free disk space and internet connectivity.
By joining the network, storage node operators can earn rewards through Storj (STORJ) tokens based on the amount and quality of storage space they provide.
Encryption, Redundancy, and Decentralization
When a user wants to store data on the Storj network, the data is divided into encrypted fragments called “file shards.”
These file shards are redundantly distributed across multiple storage nodes to ensure data durability and availability.
When the data needs to be reaccessed, the file shards are retrieved from the respective storage nodes and reassembled into the original file.
It allows users to store their data in a distributed manner, reducing reliance on a single central authority and mitigating the risk of data loss or downtime associated with centralized systems.
Storage nodes in the Storj network play a crucial role in enabling the decentralized cloud storage service, allowing users to store and retrieve their data securely and efficiently while maintaining control over their data.