A live discussion took place on September 7th, 2017 online at the TNW web portal, which is similar to a disorganized forum or a very slow moving chat room. The topic, SIA, Decentralized Cloud Storage with featured guest, David Vorick.
David Vorick has been an active member of the crypto community since 2011. Before graduating college he started a company called Nebulous and has spent the last 3 years dedicated to Sia, his team’s decentralized cloud data storage project.
According to Voricks commentary from today’s interview, Sia is faster than its competition in cloud storage, the mega-brand was known as Amazon Glacier and Vorick claims to be on track to be faster than the current leader, Amazon S3, by 2018.
Vorick also commented that he would like to pursue a working relationship with Netflix who he says could be significantly improved if the desired partnership were to become a reality.
During the live discussion, Vorick pointed out several important facts that set Sia Cloud Storage apart from the more common household names like iCloud, Google and Microsoft.
Normally, if the host does not agree to renew the contract to store user cloud data, the user will be forced to find a new host and migrate. This won’t occur with Sia because Sia Cloud spreads the data across as many as 20 unrelated hosts simultaneously without any loss of access to the files. In fact, in a recent update, the new release made it so that your data, once stored in the Sia Cloud will no longer require a local copy in order to access the file. This is an enormous improvement for those who store photos online. Imagine accessing ALL your data and photos – without having them exist in the device itself. Marvelous!
Then David began to talk about upcoming news, revealing some very satisfying information:
“Our next major release is slated for November and will include both file sharing to other users, and also a full backup solution which will allow you to restore your files even if your local machine gets destroyed. In addition to that, we hope to increase the scalability from ~1,000 files to ~100,000 files, and from ~5TB total to ~50 TB total.”
The discussion took a momentary turn towards a topic not many like to linger upon. However, the scrutinizing eye is certainly entitled to get answers just as much as anyone else. A participant of the discussion brought up the sinister side that comes often with anything anonymous or private.
Guest Question To David Vorick
“Could sharing of child porn become an issue for SIA since everything is encrypted? You don’t have any control of what people are sharing. Still could the government blame you because it’s your protocol/network?”
Vorick Replied Sensibly
“There are strong third party laws protecting hosts in this case. Amazon and Dropbox have the same exact problem. If you allow people to upload data to your server, you cannot stop them from uploading illegal content. The best you can do is react to it when it gets discovered. As long as hosts respond to takedown orders (we have software already which allows you to do so), they are protected by the law.”
A fascinating perspective, and a refreshing sign of decency showed its face when Vorick shared his thoughts on the recent changes on ICO regulations and bans.
Vorick boldly assessed the situation
“A lot of the heat I think comes from projects that just have really poor foundations. Teams with little experience, whitepapers that don’t make any sense from a technical perspective, or teams making promises that are known to be un-achievable even with state-of-the-art blockchain technology.”
He further explained his views on regulatory changes due to the ICO craze of 2017
“I am currently very optimistic about the long term regulatory environment. I think regulators so far have done a good job of allowing legitimate projects to flourish, even as they have started to take actions against things like ICOs.”